Maximise your potential, broaden your perspective and learn how to build collaborative working relationships in our fast-changing industry with this new free course.

  • Free sign up
  • Total learning time: 6 hours
  • Next intake starts: 5 July – 27 August
  • Earn an IGD certificate of completion to help you share your success
  • You can work through most of the course in your own time between the start and end dates
  • The course is hosted on our learning platform, for which you will receive separate log-in details

Learn in your own time

Approx. 4 hours of learning time delivered through bite-sized resources and interactive activities that will help you manage your time effectively.

Learn with peers

1.5 hours for a digital event at the end of the course, alongside fellow participants. This will take place on 24 August 2021 from 11:00-12:30 BST.

The session is designed to give you the opportunity to practice the key personal skills that you have developed during the course and connect with others, in an interactive, informal, and supportive environment. You will experience this by working collaboratively in small groups to discuss typical real-world scenarios that affect both commercial and supply chain teams.

The digital event is an optional but recommended part of the course. Please click here to register for this event.



This course will cover the essential industry knowledge and personal skills that you need to work at pace and with a collaborative and creative mindset.

Topics covered:

  • Awareness of the wider landscape and key trends, including health, sustainability, and retail
  • Insight into key processes and areas in food and consumer goods businesses, including:
    • New product development
    • Demand planning
    • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Overview of top KPIs
  • Collaborative working and communication skills
  • Creative thinking techniques
  • Awareness of unconscious bias

You will see a range of different tools and strategies to help broaden your perspective, inspire your own approach, and feel empowered to work in a collaborative and inclusive way with others.


  • This course is ideal for those in commercial and supply chain roles who are looking to enhance their impact and relationships with each other, with other internal stakeholders and with customers
  • Those with around 2 years’ experience will benefit most
  • Also relevant for those who work in other project-based or cross-functional roles
  • We recommend this course for those who are looking to commit time to their personal development. It will take approx. 6 hours across 8 weeks and is delivered in bite-sized formats to support flexible learning.


  • Click below to secure your place on the next start date: 5 July 2021. To secure your place on the digital event, please click here.
  • You will be sent an email confirming your place shortly after booking. If you are attending the event, you will receive additional joining instructions from Zoom.
  • We will send the log in instructions for the learning platform at least a week before the course start date.