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Graduate business benefits from NEBS support

Northumbria Graduate Futures continues to deliver the Northumbria Enterprise & Business Support (NEBS) scheme, an excellent package of support aimed at expanding micro and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The NEBS scheme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and aims to support the growth and development of trading SMEs within Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.Siddesh Iyer

Financial support is available for internships to recruit a graduate from 3-6 months. Eligible organisations can apply for funding of 45% to recruitment a graduate for up to six months. This is based on a minimum annual salary of £18,000 per annum (with funding pro-rata). Funded internships are a low-risk opportunity for SMEs to benefit from the skills, talent, and passion of a Northumbria graduate to help grow the business.

Early stage SMEs/micro SMEs looking to take their first steps in hiring a graduate can receive free specialist advice via the ‘Know More.Grow More. How to Hire.’ programme; designed to equip businesses with the expert advice and guidance to help shape recruitment and HR practices. This consists of 12 hours of online advice over five weeks, including workshops and mentoring from highly skilled and successful business practitioners. The programme is open to businesses located in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland that have been trading for at least 12 months.

Northumbria graduate and Founder & CEO of SportFin, Siddesh Iyer, is a previous participant of the Know More programme and talks about the key benefits to his organisation:

“The business support programme from Northumbria University has had a big impact on various areas of our business, particularly on how we hire and manage our people. It has helped us put processes into place to make SportFin an inclusive and engaging organisation to work in.”

And don’t forget, graduate Jobseekers can also benefit from the NEBS scheme. To find details of current internships advertised by Northumbria Graduate Futures, please visit JobsOnline, or directly to theNorthumbria Enterprise Business Support internship scheme details.

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