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Developing successful people and businesses

As companies face ever more uncertainty and change, having talented managers and leaders who can ‘see the big picture’ and make things happen, is paramount. Disruptive technologies such as the internet of things, sensors, big data, new materials and 3D printing are coming thick and fast. As these new technologies emerge with unprecedented rapidity there is a growing recognition that scientists, engineers and technologists need to be right at the heart of the business, helping to lead it into a new digital era.


To do this, they need the right blend of capabilities and attributes. They also need to be a good ‘cultural fit’. Which is why successful companies choose to develop their talent from within.


How we can help

We run highly customised executive and professional development programmes which develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours your people need to ensure the business meets its goals. We work closely with you to understand your distinct business needs and together develop a programme which meets them, using the Kirkpatrick Business Partnership Model.

We also offer a range of open courses and workshops which extend your capabilities in key areas of IfM expertise.


Quote You interested me, you challenged me, you surprised me.
Atos delegate





What’s different about IfM ECS?

We know about manufacturing and technology. We understand how products are designed and made and services delivered, how to manage innovation and technology, how to run factories and how to design and manage global supply chains. Because we understand what you do, we can devise programmes which deliver the right knowledge, skills and behaviours for your business.

And we know about manufacturing education. We have been doing it for 50 years. Our approach ensures that everything participants learn is fully understood and assimilated.


To find out more, please click on the links below.


Bespoke talent development programmes
Capability development programmes
Workshops and courses
Education consultancy


Why choose IfM ECS?

Black chevron We understand your business. We work with some of the world’s leading manufacturers and technology companies so we appreciate both their challenges and opportunities – and how having good people is critical to their success.
Black chevron We are education specialists. We use formal, social and active learning to pass on knowledge, create networks and support on-the-job learning.
Black chevron We work in partnership. Every client is different and we work with each of them to develop a programme that is right for them – and is attuned to their organisational culture and values.
Black chevron We get results. The companies we have worked with have seen significant benefits to their businesses.
Black chevron We are not-for-profit. We gift our profits to the University of Cambridge to fund future research.



Fantastic learning experience. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to attend this programme. I can honestly say that having completed the course will make me a better leader.

Delegate on bespoke programme


Kings College Cambridge


Cambridge provides an inspirational setting for executive and professional development. Learning takes place at the IfM or in modern, purpose-built conference centres, lecture theatres and seminar rooms with dinners and evening events often held in historic Cambridge colleges.



Further information

To find out more about any of our bespoke or in-company courses or education consultancy, contact:


Judith Shawcross
Head, Executive and Professional Development
E: jks45@cam.ac.uk


Or download the brochure here.



Seeing the bigger picture


Seeing the bigger picture: How experts at Atos are becoming 'trusted advisors'. IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has developed a bespoke executive education programme for IT experts at the global technology company, Atos.



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