New skills to enhance your business

UK-based manufacturing company? Our free-to-use learning resources develop digital and data skills that will improve your efficiency and make your business more competitive. 

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Designed for manufacturing professionals

Free to use

All of our training is free at the point of use.

Self paced

Learn on-demand when it's convenient for you - whether during your working day or at home.


You'll enjoy an engaging learning experience, thanks to the high-quality video content featured in many of the modules.

For all your team

Share access with your whole team to get the maximum benefit. There's no limit to the amount of accounts available!

Approachable content

No prior knowledge is required. Our training is designed to be followed by anyone working in UK manufacturing

Supported learning

Get answers to your questions from your peers in the SMDH Community.


Popular courses

  • Cyber security

  • Data science foundations

  • Project management

  • Lean manufacturing

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Cyber security

Make sure your workforce is cyber secure - learn the skills you need to be vigilant against online threats.

Topics include: 

  • Data protection
  • Information management
  • Cybercrime
  • Data security
  • Information governance
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Data science foundations

Learn how the practice of data science helps businesses generate new insights from data.

Topics include:

  • Data science fundamentals
  • How data science is used in business
  • An introduction to Python, the first programming language many data scientists learn.
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Project management

Improve how you manage projects and your workload. 

Topics include:

  • Crafting the perfect meeting
  • Facilitation skills
  • Steering a project
  • Introduction to Agile Project Management
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Lean manufacturing

Learn how to apply lean production concepts to your business operations. 

Topics include:

  • Application of Lean
  • Auditing Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • Practice examples of Lean

Register securely for the SMDH Academy

Data security is important. We use a single sign-on process with two-factor authentication. 

Watch this video to learn how to set-up your SMDH single sign-on and get access to the Academy.

You can then use this single sign-on to access SMDH services like our Community and Data Hub.


Learn more about SMDH Academy

What is The Smart Manufacturing Data Hub?

The Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH) is a project funded through Innovate UK to support small and medium-sized manufacturers to become more competitive by harnessing the power of data.


Digital solutions and expert guidance are available to companies through the hub, allowing them to explore and evaluate their processes, make operational savings, de-risk investments and become more digital savvy.

What is the SMDH Academy?

The learning academy is our free-to-use platform specifically designed to upskill the UK manufacturing workforce.

Who can sign up to the SMDH Academy?

All manufacturing organisations can sign up for the SMDH Learning Academy for free.

What will I gain from signing up?

You will be able to upskill  your workforce in areas such as cyber security, data science, lean manufacturing principles and many more key topics.

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