European Regional Development Fund


For Businesses

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RISE was a hugely successful business support programme aimed at supporting SMEs in the Sheffield City Region to recruit graduates. We helped SMEs overcome the barriers faced in graduate recruitment, equipping them with the tools to become successful graduate employers. RISE has supported more than 225 regionally based SMEs successfully recruit over 200 graduates. Many of those businesses have gone on to report increases in turnover, productivity, innovation and growth as a result. (Read more about their experiences of working with us on our testimonials)

Whilst RISE is no longer actively recruiting SMEs or Graduates we are still passionate about the benefits of recruiting Graduates into local businesses and there are a range of support options available to anyone looking to snap up some excellent Graduate talent.

What support do you offer?

Support at Sheffield Hallam University for businesses

We have a dedicated team of business experts. We support businesses of all sizes including SMEs, startups and microbusinesses.  So whether you’re looking to grow, innovate, upskill, or explore R&D, we will connect you with a university-wide network of academic and sector specialists, training opportunities, work-ready students and world class facilities.

Working together we’ll understand your business, its challenges, and opportunities. And through a diagnostic process, our Employer Partnerships team will lay out a road map of tailored solutions.

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Support at the University of Sheffield for businesses

The University of Sheffield is committed to supporting local employers and showcasing regional opportunities to students and graduates. Our students and graduates possess a wealth of knowledge and transferable skills that can help your organisation be the best it can be. We have a dedicated team of Employer Engagement Officers that can support you to develop innovative, bespoke recruitment strategies that will have real impact and connect you to the wider University. We provide an enhanced offer for employers based in the region which includes free vacancy advertising and guidance, project support, application shortlisting, recruitment events and access to grants and funding.

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Enterprising Barnsley

The RISE team have guided us throughout the recruitment process from helping develop a focused job description, develop in house interview techniques and questions, long listing and shortlisting candidates and providing assistance with feed back to unsuccessful applicants. The professional assistance and support we have received from the RISE team has made the recruitment process more efficient and enabled us to focus on the right candidate for the job.

Jason Drake, Director

RES Environmental Ltd

RISE has been instrumental in helping us to recruit talented graduates who want to work in the Sheffield City Region and as a direct result we have six capable graduates working in engineering and sales. The RISE team, including the two Sheffield universities, has a lot to offer local employers

Charles Turner, Managing Director

Durham Duplex

As a small business owner in the Sheffield City Region, the support of RISE was fundamental for recruiting and retaining a talented graduate, who joined our team of consultants and has now been with us for over a year. To any businesses looking to grow and recruit a highly-skilled workforce, I would highly recommend the RISE scheme

Marina Larios, Director

Inova Consultancy

At Moore Insight, our five RISE graduates have been delivering significant value across the different functions within our business. They are working in finance, marketing, business development, HR and operations and have brought fresh ideas, enthusiasm and a positive working attitude to our strong, existing company culture. Our involvement in the RISE scheme has been instrumental in helping us grow our company over the past 6 months, and we were provided with useful tools, advice and documentation to make the recruitment process run very smoothly.

Kate Hill, Business Development & Marketing Manager

Moore Insight