Fully Funded Programme for EMPLOYEES OF ELIGIBLE SMES

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

Fully Funded Courses

Branch out in STEM

The world of business is rapidly evolving and ensuring staff have the most up-to-date skills is essential in keeping up these changes. Advancements in technology and the working environment have meant digital, analytical and problem-solving skills have become increasingly important. The Branch out in STEM project aims to improve people’s data skills and wider STEM knowledge (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The ‘Branch out in STEM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are fully funded, meaning they are offered without any cost to eligible participants. They are part funded by the European Social Fund and the delivery partners, which include University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, Nottingham College, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Enable, and the Workers’ Educational Association.

Eligibility and equal opportunities

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 the following…




Employees aged 50+


Employees with disabilities


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff

Who is eligible?

SMEs 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 the following...

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)

Further information

For further information, please contact Vicki Thompson on 07469 148 833 or use the link below

The Courses

These courses are available to employees of SMEs that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire). Please click on the organisation below to view course availability.