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Be the best you can be with STEM-Up, a professional development programme that gives you access to the right training that you or your business need to grow. 

You could be looking to learn new skills to help you nail that promotion, or be a business owner searching for the right courses to help your team develop.

Even if you don’t know what you need, STEM-Up helps aspiring individuals evaluate their skills gaps and find the right training courses to meet their needs. 

Whether that be Level 1 soft skills to help you with your communication or degree-level technical skills in computer programming, STEM-Up offers a wide and varied selection of free learning programmes provided by a host of recommended educational partners and is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

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The STEM-Up programme will help you:

  • Assess your existing skills and identify your future requirements
  • Create a personalised skills development action plan to achieve your goals
  • Identify learning opportunities to help you or your business upskill
  • Attend a series of learning programmes cost-free 
  • Review your post-STEM-Up learning progress and evaluate your development

HOW does STEM-UP work?

You will be partnered with a Skills Advisor from one of our STEM-Up partners.

They will help you identify and match your talent requirements and those of individuals within your business with the learning opportunities available through the STEM-Up partnership. 

Depending on your training needs, you could participate in free learning provided by any of the STEM-Up partners including Aston University, Birmingham City University and Solihull College and University Centre.  

Once you’ve completed your Skills Support provision, your personal Skills Advisor will help you assess your professional development in line with your goals and ambitions.  

To learn more, please feel free to watch the video below…


There is no fee for using STEM-Up whether you are an individual or a business placing employees through the programme. We offer this service for free because it is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), a governing body that aims to support skills development and employability.

How can I get free
STEM-UP support?

If you are an individual or a business in the more developed GBSLEP area looking for professional development opportunities, or a business looking to upskill your workforce, we invite you to enquire about our free STEM-Up programme. Please send us an enquiry and we will contact you to discuss how we can help.

Please note, the last date to sign up to the project is 11 December 2023, and the last date participants can request to take training is 18 December 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this service free of charge?

Yes, STEM-Up is available free of charge to all eligible candidates.

We offer this service for free because it is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), a governing body that aims to support skills development and employability.

Am I eligible to use this service?

You will need to be over 18 years of age and have a right to work in the UK to use this service.

Individuals within the more developed GBSLEP area are eligible for this service.

If you pay your business rates to Birmingham City Council, Bromsgrove District Council, Redditch Borough Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Wyre Forest District Council you are eligible to sign-up to this service.

How long will I receive support for?

You will receive support for the duration of the learning programme that is recommended for you. The duration is determined when you discuss your specific support requirements with an assigned Skills Advisor.

Where are you located?

If you are eligible for support, your account manager will work with you at any one of the campuses of the STEM-Up partner institutions – Birmingham City University, Aston University and Solihull College and University Centre.

I've made an enquiry, what next?

A member of the STEM-Up team will review your enquiry and a Skills Advisor will be in touch shortly.


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