European Structural and Investment Funds Humber Graduate Internship Programme

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European Structural and Investment Funds

Humber Graduate Internship Programme

The programme will support SME’s to increase their skills and productivity levels, driving business growth and development as well as enhancing graduate retention. The proposed activity should support SME businesses across a range of sectors particularly in the LEP area priority sectors, giving greater access to the range of skills that Higher Level Apprentices, Masters students and Post-graduates possess, who can then contribute to help sustain business growth.

Through this call the ESF Managing Authority is seeking a programme of activity which will:

  • Support SME businesses across a range of sectors, in particular LEP Area priority sectors outlined below, to provide additional HE/FE student and graduate placements, internships and graduate level employment opportunities
  • Support businesses to recognise the value of HE/FE student and graduate placements, internships and graduate level employment opportunities and the impact they can have on business growth
  • Give SMEs greater access to the range of skills that Higher Level Apprentices, Masters students and Post-graduates possess, who can then contribute to help sustain business growth
  • Provide a free and impartial brokerage service, matching appropriate HE/FE students and graduates with SMEs to ensure mutual benefit
  • Create better links and integration between Higher and Further Education providers and employers, developing better progression pathways
  • Work across the Humber LEP area, engaging with LEP partners, appropriate delivery organisations and stakeholders to identify opportunities for engagement and collaboration

The LEP’s Priority and Underpinning Sectors as follows:

  • Energy / Renewables
  • Ports and logistics
  • Creative and Digital
  • Chemicals
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Food
  • Visitor economy
  • Construction
  • Health and Social Care

Proposals should demonstrate how they will identify potential SMEs and outline the package of support that will be offered Internships must be a minimum of 12 weeks duration. All graduate interns must be paid at the National Minimum Wage as a minimum. Proposals must provide a detailed, granular explanation as to how the proposed provision will impact on businesses and individuals as a result (in this instance, graduates and HE/FE students) on the programme. We are seeking one programme which must deliver across the whole of the Humber.

Approximately £900,000 of funding is available.

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/humber-graduate-internship-programme-oc18s17p0908

Outline application deadline: 6th December 2017.

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