News: STEP-UP is now open!

Posted on 24th September 2020

Headlines – Free fast-track training programme culminating with the opportunity to recruit for a fully-funded 6-week graduate intern, now open.

The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, working in partnership and with funding from the European Social Fund, are pleased to introduce you to an exciting new training and internship programme.

STEP-UP is an innovative fast-track training programme for local SMEs that will allow them to identify the skills they need, and access talented graduates to help them grow their business through fully funded six-week internships.

How does it work?

  • The programme consists of five workshops, consisting of industry-leading ‘Action Learning Sets’ to help participants identify and address current skills issues in their organisations.
  • Alongside this, there will also be expert-led masterclasses on topics most in demand by SMEs looking to recruit graduates.
  • It is also an excellent opportunity for local businesses to network with each other and their local universities to access talented graduates now and into the future.

Final-year students will attend a specialised programme, that reflects the skills needed by SMEs, and they will be available to apply for a fully-funded internships with the participating employers which will take place after their graduation in summer 2021.

One of our Delivery and Development Managers can come along to give a presentation to BHBPA members if required. Alternatively, please contact us via stepup@brighton.ac.uk if you have any further questions, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards

Simon Topham, Delivery and Development Manager, STEP-UP Programme

e: stepup@brighton.ac.uk

tel: 07825 028691 / 07929 787323

SMEs Transformation Engagement Programme – Universities Partnership

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