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Branch out in STEM

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Discover our fully funded courses designed for employees of SMEs operating in the STEM sectors to develop their skills in areas relevant to their specific roles, as well as those areas that also provide a direct benefit to the business as a whole.

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.

Digital Fundamentals (Level 3)

Would you like to better understand the impact of digital technology on our marketing and your customers?

This module has been designed specifically for employees of SMEs and sole traders that want to grow their businesses. You will learn about the different tools available to you and how to develop engaging digital marketing content.

To ensure that you manage your time and resources effectively, you will also learn how to develop digital communications campaigns, and how to measure the effectiveness of these.

The Digital Fundamentals course has been created as a follow-on module from the Practical Marketing Skills course. Upon completing and passing both modules you will achieve the full CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing.

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.

Delivered by Nottingham Business School. the course is suitable for women currently working in or towards leadership and management roles.

£1,500 graduate talent grants

For SMEs operating in the STEM industries and looking to bring new talent into their business, we can 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. Find out about how we can support you to recruit graduates into your business.

Contact the team at for more information.


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, and those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).