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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)

Digital fundamentals

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.

Contact us at if you have any questions.

Course dates

Courses are delivered over six half-day sessions from 10 am – 1 pm, of which four are online and two are in-person.



Digital Fundamentals (blended in-person/online course)



Digital Fundamentals (blended in-person/online course)



Digital Fundamentals (blended in-person/online course)

We're currently working on getting our other courses ready for delivery in early 2022. 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)

Women in Leadership course group photo delivered in Tuesday 3 December 2019

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 getting our courses ready to run in early 2022 and information will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Course dates

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

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

Medtech Compliance and Regulations

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Open for expressions of interest now, NTU has developed a new course focusing on the changing regulatory environment around medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The course is available to employees of all small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are based within the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area.

This course focuses on the key requirements of businesses to remain compliant and stay ahead of future changes following recent regulatory changes and upheaval with new European Union and Great Britain regulations.

The new regulatory environment The Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation 2017/746 (IVDR) are now applicable, meaning new requirements including, amongst others, the new Vigilance reporting time lines, all Post Market activities and the requirement to have a Person Responsible for Regulatory Compliance (PRRC).

To compound the challenge, Great Britain left the European Union and introduced a new GB-wide legislation. Since 1 January 2021, all medical devices, including in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs), placed on the market in Great Britain need to be registered with the MHRA. There are grace periods for registering dependent on device classification:

  • Class IIIs and Class IIb implantable, and all active implantable medical devices and IVD List A products must be registered from 1 May 2021
  • Other Class IIb and all Class IIa devices and IVD List B products and Self-Test IVDs must be registered from 1 September 2021
  • Class I devices, custom-made devices and general IVDs (that do not currently need to be registered) must be registered from 1 January 2022.

In the context of these changes which can be concerning and confusing for small businesses, NTU has developed this course to support you in mapping out the changes your company will need to implement.

Course details

Further details about the course will be provided in due course, but we expect the course to be delivered in earlyt 2022.

If you wish to express an interest, please contact

£1,500 graduate talent grants

Trent Talent

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.

Want to enquire?

If you want to enquire about any of the above courses you can contact the teams directly on the details above, or email us at


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).