University supports local businesses with graduate scheme

Posted on Friday, March 12th, 2010 in Courses and Training, Funding calls, News| Share this article
The University of Sheffield, along with other universities in the Yorkshire and Humber region, is launching a new round of internships this week (Thursday 11 March 2010) which are set to help local businesses and graduates during the economic downturn.

This scheme will offer financial support to organisations that could benefit from employing a recent graduate in a short-term placement. The University of Sheffield has received funding from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) for a record 60 internships to be offered from now until September 2010.

The scheme is being promoted to employers over the next few weeks on a first-come, first-serve basis and certain industrial sectors will be targeted.

Funding is available to help organisations with the cost of employing a graduate to work with them on a three-month internship. Graduates would be paid £300 per week over a 12 week period and a £100 per week subsidy is available to organisations that have a suitable project for a graduate to undertake.

Many University of Sheffield graduates who participated in the internship scheme last year, were offered permanent positions with their employers. One of these interns was Lauren Ivory, a 2009 graduate who completed an internship with the Sheffield-based social enterprise, Patient Opinion. She was then offered a position with FutureGov, a consultancy and social innovation incubator that helps to shape the future of government through digital engagement and public service transformation.

Lauren said: “I applied for the graduate internship scheme knowing that I needed vital work experience on my CV. My intern project was to organise and co-create a national conference for Patient Opinion and due to the success of the conference I was recruited by FutureGov. None of this would have been possible without my excellent, well suited and brilliantly run internship. I’d thoroughly recommend it to any graduate.”

Steve Fish, Director of the Careers Service, said: “We are delighted that the University is able to offer this scheme to 60 businesses who will gain from the valuable contributions graduates could bring to their organisations.”

The Sheffield Internship Scheme