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Branch Out in STEM

The Branch Out in STEM project aims to support employees from SMEs operating in STEM industries across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to access free training opportunities, career coaching and advice to develop their skills in priority areas relevant to their role.

Funded courses

We are currently working on developing our funded courses for the Branch Out in STEM project and the following courses are now available:

To register your interest in these or any upcoming courses, please email hls@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk.

Who will benefit from this project?

The project is open to all people working in eligible SMEs, however we aim to support employees who may face additional barriers to high-level skills, including:

  • Women
  • 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 about enhancing equal access to lifelong learning, including practical routes to help enable individuals to progress onto further qualifications.

Who is eligible?

SMEs based that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) are eligible for support.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined as:

  • Less than 250 employees
  • Annual turnover under EUR 50 million or;
  • Annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million

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

Contact us

Support through the ESF High Level Skills programme is available to SMEs across D2N2 until December 2023.

If you are interested in accessing these services or would like to know more, contact our team on hls@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk or by calling 0115 945 7260

What are the rest of the consortium offering?

Nottingham College is part of a consortium working together to deliver this ground-breaking programme, which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). The consortium includes Nottingham College, Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, University of Derby, Enable, Workers Educational Association (WEA), East Midlands Chamber, D2N2 Growth Hub and Institute of Directors.

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