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Whether you’re looking to recruit local graduates or are keen to see how graduate and higher-level skills could support your business, we invite organisations to work in partnership with the University to access a wide range of support to plug skills gaps, achieve more and grow your business.

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Delivering the ESF High Level Skills programme

The University of Derby is working as part of a consortium of higher and further education providers across the D2N2 area to deliver the European Social Fund (ESF) High Level Skills programme which includes the ‘Grads for D2N2’ project.

The University of Derby is DRIVEN to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to recruit and retain our most talented students and graduates. We can offer tailored packages of fully and part funded services to meet the individual needs of your ambitions whilst enabling less financial risk to your company.

Whether you are looking to recruit local graduates or are keen to see how graduate and higher-level skills could support your business, we invite organisations to work in partnership with the University to access a wide range of support to plug skills gaps, achieve more and grow your business.

Review your business and future recruitment needs

Once enrolled with the programme our dedicated team will meet with you to discuss your business and plans for growth. We’ll look to identify any future needs and explore how the attraction and recruitment of graduate talent can help you achieve these goals.

Attract and recruit the best in graduate talent

DRIVEN to support businesses access the best and brightest graduate talent, the team can help you in attracting, recruiting and retaining your workforce. We can support in advising on how to make your vacancies attractive to graduates, as well as funding options for internships and longer-term.

Create a recruitment pipeline and access funding

DRIVEN to developing relationships for long-term success, our team can help you develop your future recruitment pipeline. Using a mixture of fully and partially funded internships, we can help you in setting up your recruitment pipeline for the future. We’ll look to work with you to develop a schedule of recruitment to suit your company’s needs now and in the future.

Retain your workforce through development

DRIVEN to help support graduate retention we can help your business in working to scope out career development opportunities to help retain your graduate workforce and mould them into future leaders within your company. Through workshops on on-boarding, how to develop talent and the graduate mind-set DRIVEN can help your business in successfully evolving your talent in-house, helping retain your graduates and increase employee engagement.

Market your company to the graduate workforce

DRIVEN in our support of the SME sector, explore opportunities in how to advertise your business to our graduate talent. Be part of our innovative and creative programme showcasing graduates the benefits of starting their professional life within the city. Expand your brand recognition by coming onto campus, or helping facilitate workshops and career development activities for our student and graduate talent.

Support through the ESF High Level Skills programme is available to SMEs across D2N2 until 2020. Even if you don’t fit into this criteria, we’d love to work with you.

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about accessing this support, please email driven@derby.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1332 592939.