STEP launches new Skills Bootcamps to support Stirling and Forth Valley Businesses.

STEP, local business support company, whose support events have become the backbone of business learning in Stirling over the last three decades, is launching ‘STEP Skills’, a programme of Bootcamps to support local SME’s learn new skills needed for a successful COVID recovery.

The company, which is home to over 200 SME’s, and supported over 2,000 businesses last year, is fully funding the Bootcamp sessions so they are free to attend.

Step by step tutorial skills Bootcamps will last for one month, split into short one and a half hours sessions each week to allow businesses to implement what they’ve learnt before moving on to the next step.

The first Bootcamp, taking place in May, will be delivered by Phil Huber of Digital Stirling, focuses on Product Photography.

Phil Huber, Digital Stirling said: “COVID-19 has led to a surge in businesses making the move to ecommerce. Due to the immediate need for an online solution many businesses haven’t taken the time to carefully consider their photography. For ecommerce businesses, photography can make or break your online shop or website. It can be the difference between making a sale or not. This is why it’s great STEP are providing this opportunity for businesses to learn how to make the most out of their photography.”

The Photography Bootcamp will cover:

  • Key Steps for Great Images
  • Basic Kit You Will Need
  • Photography Basics
  • Lighting Objects & Styling
  • Image Formats & Sizes
  • How to Plan & Execute a Shoot
  • Image Editing

Initially, Bootcamps will be held virtually, with a plan to offer a mixture of in-person and virtual sessions in the future.

More details about the May Bootcamp can be found on STEP’s website and information about further Skills Bootcamps will be available over the coming months.

In addition to STEP’s Skills Bootcamps, this year STEP is also launching The Forth Valley Employer’s Club in partnership with Ceteris, Alloa First and Go Forth Stirling Business Improvement District.

The club aims to play a crucial role in shaping the Forth Valley area’s employability support, funded skills training, and other available employment support.

There are over 4,000 employers across the Forth Valley. That’s thousands of businesses with similar employment problems, HR issues and more. The employers’ club aims to allow employers to share best practice on topics such as recruitment, skills development and more.

Each meeting will focus on a particular topic, with the first meeting in June focussing on Managing Remotely.

Jenn McArthur, Marketing and Business Development Manager at STEP said: “We are delighted to be launching these new business support initiatives. Working in collaboration with fellow business support companies, we hope to provide great opportunities for businesses to grow their skills, network and more to aid a successful COVID recovery.  

We recently undertook a review of our annual events plan and the consensus from businesses was that they no longer favour the concept of a specific business month and traditional speaker led events.  There was a general preference to have support events spread throughout the year and events to be more hands-on in upskilling. The sessions are all free, so we hope to see lots of local businesses benefiting.”

For a full list of events, you can visit STEP’s Eventbrite organiser page



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