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Northumbria Enterprise and Business Support (NEBS)

Grow Your Business With a Graduate

Northumbria Enterprise and Business Support (NEBS2)


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Northumbria Enterprise Business Support can support the growth of your small to medium sized business by providing a grant to recruit a Northumbria graduate on an internship of 8 weeks to 6 months.

Hiring a graduate offers a wealth of benefits to an SME, including an injection of skills, knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm to drive your business further.

NEBS2 will enable your business to experience these benefits and fill a skills gap, or undertake a project. It’s a low risk and effective opportunity to experience the benefits of recruiting a graduate, with the potential to find a permanent employee who you already know is right for your business.

Businesses who are looking at ways to respond to the challenges of Covid-19 are encouraged to apply. 

The scheme offers funding of around 45% towards the salary of a graduate.  Typically, these internships will be for 6 months, although pro-rata funding will be available for shorter internship durations.  With support available for 120 businesses through internship activity, this project will run until June 2023. 

We offer:

  • eligible SMEs a grant of up to £4,050 towards the salary of a graduate on a full time, paid internship from 8 weeks to 6 months
  • promotion of the internship to students and, if you need it, support with the recruitment and selection process

You must:

  • be located in Northumberland or Tyne and Wear
  • have less than 250 employees and be an SME as defined by the EU. This includes social enterprises engaged in economic activity.*
  • create a new full-time position for a graduate, lasting from 8 weeks to 6 months**
  • pay a pro-rata salary of, at least, 18,000 per annum.
  • have received less than €200,000 in De Minimis funding in the last three years
  • have a trading arm or generate an income

*please note that, although most sectors are eligible for the funding, there are some exceptions (which will be outlined in the application form). If you are unsure if you fall into one of these categories, please contact us to discuss.

**At the time of the organisation applying for the scheme, and at the point of the recruitment process, the graduate must not be an existing employee of the organisation.

Please contact for an initial chat and for further eligibility and application information.





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