Are you a student, graduate or local resident looking to enhance your STEM, STEAM or soft skills? Access free upskilling courses through Birmingham City University’s STEM-Up!

STEM-Up is a professional development project that gives individuals and businesses access to free skills workshops and webinars in STEM, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and Soft Skills. There are more than 70 free training programmes which are provided by BCU, Aston University and Solihull College University Centre, and which are part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

The project supports current students, graduates, the unemployed and employees to assess the gaps in their skills and find the right training courses to meet those needs. By delivering soft, analytical and problem-solving skills training to the current West Midlands workforce (including job seekers, job changers and job returners), STEM-UP will encourage progression in employment and support business growth. The project can be accessed by people from any sector but there is a particular focus on supporting the Creative Industries and Digital Technologies sectors.

How does STEM-Up work?

You will be matched with a dedicated Skills Adviser from the project who will work closely with you to identify and match your skills requirements. As part of your development plan, your Skills Adviser will also go through the learning opportunities available through the STEM-Up partnership, to find the best courses suited for your career aspirations.

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

But don’t worry, the support doesn’t end there. Once you’ve completed your Skills Support provision, your personal Skills Adviser will help you assess your professional development in line with your goals and ambitions.


You must be over 18, have Right to Work in the UK and live in the GBSLEP More Developed Area (Birmingham, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Redditch or Wyre Forest).

See information here.


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