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The Productivity Programme’s Graduate Internship scheme

Are you looking to inject new talent and ideas into your SME business? Then an internship could be the perfect solution for you.

Whether you’re searching for an extra pair of hands on a particular project, or someone to help out across the board, hiring an intern is a great gateway to introducing new and higher level skills, ideas and specialist knowledge into your company.

With fresh, eager eyes, an intern can not only be an asset to the daily workload, but also help your business develop and grow over the duration of time they are with you.

The University of Lincoln’s Employment Opportunities Manager, Lesley O’Donnell further explains the benefits:

“Paid internships are a good way for small and medium-sized enterprises in particular to take on a recent graduate in a way which reduces the risk and costs associated with recruiting a new member of staff.

“Interns can be appointed to work on a specific project or to fill a vacancy for a fixed period. Often, we see that graduates quickly prove themselves to be invaluable team members. Many of our recent interns have gone on to be offered permanent roles with their employers.”

The Lincoln Internship Programme delivers a high quality, tailored package of support to businesses by removing barriers to recruitment. When recruiting an intern who has graduated in the past three years on a three to six-month contract, your business could be eligible for between £1,500 and £3,000 towards their employment costs.

The internship recruitment process itself is easy and straightforward through our online system and once the role has been advertised, it’s left to you to select which graduate you employ to ensure the best fit.

Our friendly team are also on hand every step of the way to support you through the paperwork and answer any questions that may arise.

So why not take advantage of the pool of creativity and skills available on our doorstep? Get in touch to find out if your business could be eligible for funding to support career growth for Lincolnshire’s talented graduates: