European Union European Social Fund

The funded and free skills programme that will enable you or your business to excel.

STEM-Up is a £2.8m project that is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) until March 2023. The project has been launched to assist those aged 18+, residing within Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove and the Wyre Forest, whether they are an employer, employee, or currently unemployed.

Solihull College & University Centre, Birmingham City University and Aston University have joined together to provide a wide range of training courses and ‘taster’ workshops that are fully funded and FREE; thereby enabling participants to develop their skills in subjects related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In addition to the above, courses are also available for associated Soft Skills and disciplines linking STEM to The Arts (STEAM).

Courses on Offer

Here is just a small selection of what is presently on offer, subject to eligibility requirements.

Course Title Start Dates / Times Duration Standard Fee Funding Available
Introduction to Drone Pilot Training Termly Starts 1 Day £150 100%
Cisco IT Essentials (CITE) Part 1 & 2 Roll-On / Roll-Off 10 Weeks £595 100%
Level 1 Certificate in Mathematics Roll-On / Roll-Off 1 Month £724 100%
Level 1 Certificate in English Roll-On / Roll-Off 1 Month £724 100%
Level 2 Certificate in Equality & Diversity Roll-On / Roll-Off 2 Months £724 100%
Level 2 Certificate in Data Protection & Data Security Roll-On / Roll-Off 2 Months £724 100%
Level 3 Leadership & Management Diploma (CMI) September & Demand-led 1 Year £1550 100%
Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering September & January 1 Year £3345 100%
Level 3 CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice September & January 1 Year £1265.50 100%

Choosing the Right Course

STEM skills are of significant benefit when seeking to boost your employability and career progression, but they are also essential for regional business growth and for helping your organisation to retain its competitive advantage. However, we appreciate that choosing the right course for you may be challenging, so with the help of our Skills Analysts, we shall:

  • Help you to determine your skills requirements.
  • Complete an individual action plan to assist with your continuing professional development.
  • Provide access to an array of free webinars and expertise across all three institutions.
  • Support you when reviewing and evaluating your learner journey.
  • Award you with a GBSLEP certificate upon the fulfilment of your programme.


The course hit every bit of the objective and more! The support and encouragement from the STEM-Up Project was fantastic, which did not come as a surprise to me, as I have previously completed an Access to Higher Education course at the College. This has been my first real experience of self-study and I thoroughly enjoyed it; I attribute this to the friendly and relaxed nature of all those who I had communications with. As an adult learner, I graduated at 45 years of age (class of 2020 no less), so I hope that Solihull College & University Centre will be there for my educational needs, when I’m well into my 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and more! A big thank you to everyone involved.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid & Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace

I found the range of courses on offer very interesting and working for an ISO accredited organisation, I wanted to add value to the business while enhancing my own professional development. The course I studied was really informative and will be of benefit to any role or industry, as it equipped you with transferable skills for the future. As a result, I have gained a better understanding of interpersonal situations and how to deal with them. It was very adaptable, and I could do it at work, during lunch hours, at home and even in my garden; I had complete control, with a tutor support network at the end of an email, who would speedily reply to my queries. I’ve already implemented the skills I’ve developed within the workplace, and I am better equipped for supporting my clients, incorporating the things that I’ve learnt. I would highly recommend the STEM-Up Project courses that are available.

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Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service

Contact Us

For further information and to take advantage of this offer, please contact our STEM-Up Project Team

Solihull College & University Centre
Birmingham City University
Aston University