Bespoke courses

Technology and manufacturing companies face the same challenge. Your business relies on people with extraordinary expertise such as scientists, engineers, technologists and software architects. These technical experts, by definition, are specialists but they also need to have an end-to-end view of how' needs. However, experts are often given training and development which deepens their expertise but does not necessarily broaden their organisational understanding.


Bespoke talent development programmes

We work with companies to equip their experts with strategic capabilities and build a global network of people who ‘talk the same language’, and will:

  • Make a vital contribution to the business strategy
  • Find good solutions for their customers
  • Foster innovation and internal entrepreneurship
  • Create and maintain momentum
  • Stay and grow with the business


Learning focused on outcomes

All our programmes are fully integrated with the company’s overarching learning and development strategy, objectives and systems. They are delivered by leading academics, researchers, industry experts, learning and development specialists and, if appropriate, senior executives from your company.


‘Active learning’ is central to IfM ECS’s design ethos: applying new principles both within the modules and back in the workplace so that they are fully understood and assimilated.


Projects – working on real strategic-level company problems – are a very important part of this. Putting what they have learnt into practice, ideally with the support of course tutors and in-house sponsors, is an effective way of ensuring that delegates assimilate new skills and knowledge. Projects can also have very immediate benefits for the company.



Who are they for?

Scientists, engineers and technologists in global companies who have the potential to play a more strategic role in the organisation.


How long do they take?

Bespoke programmes for groups of up to 30, usually taking place over a 4 to 6 month period, comprising 3 or 4 one-week modules.




"I am far more equipped to communicate with clients on what the wider company can offer, with cross service line and global capabilities. My understanding of industry trends and various technologies has been expanded, which means I have a stronger personal capability and knowledge in this area. There is a great network for collaboration and support, which can help in both winning and delivering future work." Delegate on bespoke programme



Bespoke short courses

The IfM has expertise in a number of areas which help companies make the most of their opportunities and address the challenges they are facing. Cambridge researchers are working in these areas to develop new ideas and approaches which are then turned into tools, techniques and processes which organisations can apply themselves.

We can develop bespoke short courses that share our methods with delegates and give them the practical skills they need to implement these within their own organisations.


Through short courses based on key areas of IfM expertise:

  • Participants learn new approaches – based on the latest thinking by some of the world’s leading experts – to tackle major organisational challenges.
  • They apply these approaches to real issues they are facing which helps to embed the learning while having an immediate impact on the business.
  • As well as developing individuals’ expertise, the organisation builds its team capability through group learning – establishing a shared vision, skill set and sense of purpose.



Who are they for?

Companies looking to improve their performance in an area of IfM expertise.

How long do they take?

These courses are for groups of 20 to 25 participants and are delivered in one or two blocks of one to three days over a period of one to two months.




IfM Education and Consultancy Services Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN. Company registration no. 3486934 VAT registration no. 711 610287

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For further information please contact:

Judith Shawcross

T: +44 (0) 1223 765603


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