STEP-UP Programme - Hear about our new offer to SMEs for a fully funded graduate intern

Step-Up Programme 

Step-Up is an exciting internship and training programme for SMEs (small to medium enterprises) in the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership region, where you can access talented graduates to help sustain and grow your business through fully-funded graduate internships. 

Step-Up is being delivered by the universities of Brighton and Sussex, and part-funded by the European Social Fund Data, to support business resilience and growth through retaining graduate talent in the local area, now and into the future. 

Our offer to you 

Joining the Step-Up programme is completely free and will give you a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in summer 2021, plus access to specialist masterclasses hosted by subject and industry experts - all at no cost to you. 

By taking part, you and/or staff from your organisation will benefit from attending up to four free online masterclasses between February and May 2021. 

Masterclasses will cover key areas around recruiting and developing staff, and to support businesses to tackle challenges faced by the impact of COVID-19:

• Managing your talent pipeline

• Internship onboarding 

• Coaching and mentoring

• Introduction to Action Learning Sets 

(Additionally, there will be two recorded masterclasses we will send to watch in your own time on Working with your local universities and Creating your Step-Up internship) 

Following the masterclass series, you will create an internship proposition and take on a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in summer 2021. (Successful student applicants will have completed a series of employability workshops, which cover key skills and areas of knowledge identified by SMEs as being in short-supply).  

To find out more and sign up visit http://www.brighton.ac.uk/step-up or email stepup@brighton.ac.uk. 

For more information you can book onto one of our up and coming briefing webinars here:


The STEP-UP project is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. Grant Reference: 04S18P02524



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