The STEP-UP internship programme has been extended - SME applications have re-opened

Published: 23 Jul 2021

The Step-Up Programme has been extended for three months, and applications have re-opened until mid September 2021

Step-Up is an internship and training programme for SMEs in the C2C Local Enterprise Partnership region, where you can access talented graduates to help sustain and grow your business through fully-funded graduate internships. 85 businesses have already benefitted and secured their intern, and we now have spaces for a small number of SMEs.

By joining Step-Up you will benefit from expert-led masterclasses, the opportunity to build relationships with the universities of Brighton and Sussex, and recruit a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in Autumn 2021 - all at no cost to you.

Our offer to you …

  • Access to bright self-motivated 2021 graduates
  • Access to join free online SME masterclasses, which can be attended by any staff member. 
  • Following the masterclass series, you can recruit a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks this Autumn 2021 


The STEP-UP Programme 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

Please visit or email the Step-Up team at for more information. Alternatively, you can attend one of our webinars to find out more

About us

Our mission is to help you achieve your ambitions by being part of our business community - connecting, supporting, promoting, informing and boosting you and your business. That also means supporting local business growth & providing a united voice in the Gatwick Diamond.
We aim for excellence by being proactive, committed, personal, open and engaging.

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