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Funding for SMEs for Green Internships
Funding is available via the University of Brighton to environmental sector SMEs based in the Coast to Capital LEP area to take on graduate interns.
A graduate intern can bring new skills, fresh ideas and a different perspective into your organisation on a short term basis. This might be for a specific project, or to increase your capacity at a certain time.
How much and who can apply?
A grant of up to 60% of the cost of employing a graduate intern for six weeks is available – typically around £1,030. SMEs based in the Coast to Capital area can apply. This covers Brighton and Hove, the London Borough of Croydon, the Gatwick Diamond, Lewes and West Sussex. View map.
An SME is defined as a small or medium sized enterprise that employs fewer than 250 people, has a turnover less than £50 million and that isn’t owned by a larger company or group that doesn’t meet these criteria.
How does the process work?
The University of Brighton can help you to identify and develop the graduate-level project your intern will complete, and then manage the whole recruitment process for you; promoting your role to recent graduates, handling enquiries and initial selection. You simply need to interview the short listed applicants and take the successful intern into your business as you would any other employee.
The University ask that employers build elements of skills development and progression into the project, so that the intern also gains maximum benefit from their time with you.
At the end of your internship you have the opportunity to choose whether to end the employment, or offer your intern a further contract should you feel they suit the business and you have suitable work available for them.