GRADS for D2N2 Project

The GRADS for D2N2 project has provided funding and support to eligible small and medium-sized businesses since 2018 to help recruit graduates and students from the University of Derby.

Take a look below at the impact these internships have had on businesses, students, and graduates alike and find out about opportunities available to your business.

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The GRADS for D2N2 project is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

The GRADS for D2N2 project has supported SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to access the student and graduate talent at the University of Derby. Since 2018, it has been known as the DRIVEN programme to employers, students and graduates and was extended to finish in December 2023.

The GRADS for D2N2 project will come to an end in December 2023, so unfortunately the project does not have any further support to offer as we are on track to meet our project targets!

Please take a look at the project’s successes and achievements below. 

To find out what other support and opportunities could be available to your business, please visit our Business Services webpage.

GRADS for D2N2 Achievements and Successes

400+organisations supported**Approx. since 2018
400+internships provided**Approx. since 2018
£200kawarded for graduate recruitment**Approx. since 2018

Developing talent pipelines through GRADS for D2N2

Our students and graduates have high-level skills, fresh thinking, and huge potential. By offering them work opportunities, SMEs in the D2N2 area have had the opportunity to build their talent pipeline by bringing new skills into the business, whilst helping the students and graduates to develop new skills and gain invaluable work experience in their chosen industry.

The GRADS for D2N2 project offered SMEs the opportunity to have a fully-funded 80-hour intern or a £1000 subsidy for hiring a graduate intern for 400+ hours. This allowed businesses to access the talent and skills of our University of Derby students and graduates, particularly:


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Case studies and stories

Throughout the project, we have spoken to our employers and interns to find out the impact of these internships and the importance they will have on the future for them both.

Explore the videos below to find out more about some of our internships.

Find out more about opportunities for your business

To find out more about opportunities for your business, whether it be Graduate Talent, Training and Development, Funding or other, please take a look on our website or contact us:

Telephone: 0800 001 5500