European Regional Development Fund


RISE Graduate Programme Successes

RISE is an innovative, award-winning and unique business support initiative that has connected small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across the Sheffield City Region with talented, hard-working graduates.

Since 2019 RISE has worked with growing SMEs in the Region to provide unparalleled access to the best graduates. The scheme has:

  • Supported 225 businesses across the nine areas of the Sheffield City Region
  • Advertised 438 graduate jobs
  • Awarded over 100 grants to support businesses with their first graduate hire

The RISE programme is delivered in partnership by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, and is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

RISE has successfully completed its 10th and final campaign and the current project is now closed.

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Whilst RISE is no longer actively recruiting SMEs or Graduates we are still passionate about enabling these connections. So if you are looking to recruit graduates please follow this link for further support. If you are a Graduate looking for support please follow this link for further help.


Sheffield Hallam students get real-world experience throughout their degree and are able to bring fresh energy, new perspectives and specialist skills that can really support the growth of local businesses. RISE is widely revered for its expertise in bringing together talented local graduates and successful local SMEs to create a unique regional offer that delivers real impact and supports growth in the region.

Simon Thompson, Head of Student and Graduate Employability

Sheffield Hallam University

Our high-calibre students study a vast range of subjects and offer a wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise that really benefit businesses. RISE provides a simple, efficient route for local SMEs to access and harness this talent.

Dr. Claire Conway, Deputy Head of Careers Service

University of Sheffield