Skills Development Service

Every moment you spend not developing yourself, someone out there is getting better than you.

The Skills Development Service (SDS) provides a range of training courses and sessions designed to build confidence, improve transferable skills and increase employability to learners interested in developing for their future after graduation with the added bonus of gaining certification.

What's in it for you?

  • Opportunity to increase your employability
  • Develop your skills and attributes
  • Attend training which employers really value before you become employed
  • Choice of University and externally certified courses
  • Meet new friends
  • Stand out from the crowd
  • Having your certification appear on your graduation transcript

Fancy becoming a Student-peer Trainer in 2020-21?
The Skills Development Service is recruiting a small team of Student-peer trainers for the academic year 2020-21.
Student-peer trainers (SPTs) will assist SDS staff in the delivery of some of the soft skills sessions to students who attend the courses on offer. Students interested in becoming a peer-trainer must be fluent in both spoken and written English, gregarious and resilient. We are particularly looking for students who are interested in being able to help and develop others and who are able to communicate and articulate what are often complex concepts and ideas to student audiences.
If you like the sound of this paid opportunity, email for details and/or a recruitment pack.



I only wish that I'd known about SDS sooner during my time in Cardiff ... it's a fantastic scheme and can help students to really find their strength.

Course Overview

The courses offered by the Skills Development Service are broken down into four schemes:

Certificate of Personal Development (CPD)

Diploma of Professional Development in Leadership (DPD)

Wellbeing Workshops

Externally Certified Courses and Sessions


Booking a Session

Since experiencing a substantial set back in the rejection from what I had considered to be my dream job, I feel as though the SDS has given me access to training which has truly enabled me to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses and allow me to reconsider how I can use my capabilities to suit me best.

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If you have any queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page first. Contact us if your question hasn't been answered there.

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The Skills Development Service reserves the right to cancel, postpone or substitute workshops especially when less than 6 have signed up to a particular one.  Prior notice will always be given to those who have enrolled on the workshops affected.

Become A Member

  • Skills Development Membership£0.00

A guide on how to join and sign up for sessions