Our mission is to do our part to advance scientific discovery and the commercialisation of research. We do this by creating and delivering training and development programmes that equip scientists and researchers with essential soft skills, empowering them to reach the highest levels of success, achievement and professional fulfillment.
We develop and deliver programmes for universities, research centres, innovation centres, business accelerators and EPSRC Project Leads. Programme participants often include PhD students, post doctoral students, master students, early career researchers, graduate interns, entrepreneurs and researchers and scientists working in industry.
We design & deliver soft skills training and development programmes for scientists and researchers. We identify best in class tools and methods and tailor them to meet the unique needs of scientists and researchers. We then incorporate sector-specific elements, resulting in programmes perfectly suited for the scientific community.
Skillfluence works with CDT programme leaders to build researcher development programmes that enhance the student experience giving them leadership and transferable skills that align with Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework. We design and deliver programmes which include training and peer to peer learning that are customised specifically for the CDT and area of research.
Skillfluence develops extended training and development programmes that complement standard PhD programmes. These programmes typically consist of up to 10 custom designed workshops and training days. Past programmes have included topics such as Working with Others, Working with Industry, From Bench to Market, Social Media Researchers and Future Leaders to name just a few.
Creativity@home is an EPSRC funded initiative designed to help scientists and researchers infuse more creativity into their research. It’s a bespoke multi-day facilitated process that leverages the academic group as the key resource. Facilitators work with the group throughout the initiative, focusing on the process, so the group can think freely about the challenge. The specific objectives are determined by the group.
Innovation camps are high-impact, week-long residential programmes designed to support early stage entrepreneurs in a specific industry or sector. They are typically designed in partnership with a regional development agency or innovation centre. The camps include a wide range of practical workshops, speakers and experiences covering topics such as: Lean Startup, Value Proposition, Leadership, Intellectual Property and Creativity & Innovation as well as 1-2-1 mentoring. Most recently we ran an Innovation Camp for a group of 18 innovative companies from across Europe, all active in the Bio-economy.
In this high impact one-day workshop participants will clearly define their business model, positioning it for growth and investment. Participants gain clarity about their idea, creating a single-page visual map of the business model. Participants have the opportunity to explore their business or idea in depth, defining critical features such as customers, costs, revenues, unique selling points and the key risk factors associated with the opportunity. Throughout the day participants learn from case studies as well as receiving advice and support specific to their business from experienced trainers, advisors and entrepreneurs.
The programme helps budding entrepreneurs put their ideas into action. The 10-week programme provides hands-on learning on what it’s like to start a company. The structured approach helps start-ups reduce the uncertainty of commercializing innovations and creating new ventures. We leverage “Lean Launchpad” and “Business Model Generation” methodologies, which are taught at Imperial College, MIT, Stanford and Berkeley. Our approach is project-based and challenges participants to set up a new company, build and test their business model and present their business on the final day.
Skillfluence are experts in learning and development course design and content development. While we love delivering programmes, we often get asked to develop courses designed specifically to be delivered by other trainers or teachers. Our team has developed “train the trainer” programmes, e-learning courses and full course curriculums. We have a team of training development experts, as well as a expansive network of specialists, allowing us to develop top notch training courses and materials.
If you want someone to go that extra mile to provide professional training material to suit your requirement I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
We employed Skillfluence to develop a series of training programs tailored towards science graduates. The facilitators were highly professional, easy to work with and they listened and responded to our specific training needs with excellent suggestions and a bespoke program. The workshops delivered our training goals and got excellent participant feedback. We are very happy with Skillfluence and will be using them again in the future.
Alison presented the communication skills and career workshop at the European Congress of Biotechnology as initiated by the Young European Biotech Network. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Alison. Her presentation was well designed and contained many important advises for young scientists. She did a fantastic job in encouraging the attendants to get out of their seats and practice their communication skills during the presentation.
“This is my first time to learn about job interviews and Ph.D experience, especially UK job description which is new for me. Therefore, I learned significant details and technique from this workshop and found out it’s very useful for my future.”