RISE: Sheffield’s New Graduate Employment Initiative

Sheffield’s RISE programme is an innovative pioneering new scheme to drive Graduate employment in SMEs.

RISE is a major city-wide initiative to increase graduate employment in small and medium sized enterprises. The vision is to bring together graduates who want to work hard and do great things, with businesses with energy and vision who are already looking for fresh talent. RISE is a collaboration between city partners, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and the private sector.

The RISE internship scheme will bring together graduates, who want to work hard and do great things, with 30 Sheffield-based businesses who appreciate an injection of energy and new ideas. The internships will start from the 22nd July 2013 onwards and will last a minimum of six months, although the exact length, start and end dates will be set by the business. The exact salary for each internship may vary according to the role and business, but the average for an internship in Sheffield is £14,500 per annum.

RISE is offering 30 SMEs who have little or no experience of recruiting graduates the opportunity of a range of support to take on a graduate for a six-month internship.

Sophie Jewitt, 23, from Sheffield says, “This position has helped hugely! I have learnt so much in such a short space of time. I’ve had so many experiences and have been involved in a lot of different things which are beneficial to my future that I don’t believe I would have had working in a larger company!”

You can see more of her story and other students who have been involved in the RISE initiative here.

To find out more about the RISE scheme visit the website.