Branch out in STEM
Discover our fully funded courses designed for employees of SMEs operating in the STEM sectors to develop their skills.
The Branch out in STEM project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and supports employees of SMEs to access free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills.
About the Branch out in STEM project
The Branch out in STEM project supports employees of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop their capability in areas relevant to their specific roles, as well as those areas that also provide a direct benefit to the business as a whole.
At NTU, we offer a number of courses that are fully funded (delivered at no cost) for employees of eligible SMEs.
Courses are delivered over six half-day sessions from 10 am – 1 pm, of which four are online and two are in-person.
We're currently working on getting our other courses ready for delivery in autumn 2021. Course dates will be confirmed here as soon as we have them, but in the meantime you can get a place on our waiting lists by getting in touch via the email addresses listed in the courses below.
STEM Women in Leadership (Level 7)
Building on the Women in Leadership course for SMEs that has been delivered since 2019, this course is specifically for employees of businesses operating in the STEM sectors or for those that would like to work in the area.
Developed by experts working in NTU's Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) and delivered by Nottingham Business School. the course is suitable for women currently working in or towards leadership and management roles.
We're currently working on developing the course to get it ready to run in autumn 2021 and information will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Course dates are still to be confirmed.
In the meantime, you can express your interest and get a place on our waiting list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate talent grants
For SMEs operating in the STEM sector looking to bring new talent into their business, we can also offer a talent grant to support employing a graduate.
You can receive £1,500 towards a graduate's salary for a placement of up to 12 weeks.
These courses are available to employees of SMEs that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire).
We particularly aim to support:
- employees aged 50+
- employees with disabilities
- Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff
- those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities
This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).
What businesses are saying about our support
The quality of the teaching and support was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting women in the same position as me, looking to progress further with their careers in all areas of business, not just my own. The classes were packed full of information – so many different areas of management and leadership were covered – and the format helped to keep things interesting. I walked away from each teaching day feeling inspired and motivated.
Claire Lowe, personal injury solicitor at Hopkins Solicitors
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