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Access Funding to Recruit Graduate Talent through Sunderland University

The University of Sunderland successfully coordinates a Graduate Internship Scheme that can provide local SMEs with a cost-effective approach to recruiting graduate talent for a 12 month period.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the University's Graduate Internship team work closely with organisations to ensure the recruitment process runs smoothly. The team can support role development, sourcing the graduate, the recruitment and selection process, as well as being a point of contact for the organisation.

The Funding Offer includes: 

  • Up to £4,500 ERDF funding towards the salary of the graduate
  • 360-degree recruitment service to support the search and selection process; finding the best fit for the role requirements
  • Eligible companies will pay a minimum of an £18k salary on a 12 month employment contract (£13,500 after the funding has been paid)

Sunderland University Graduate Talent

Ian Farrar, Managing Director of Far North with Marketing Executive Arbaz Khan

Far North in South Tyneside, is one business to benefit from the scheme, hiring Marketing Executive Arbaz Khan. Ian Farrar, Managing Director said: 

"Arbaz has an immediate impact by proposing a new value proposition to our existing customers. The quality of our content both internally and for clients has jumped to a level we did not think possible.

"I would certainly recruit via the intern scheme.  Bringing in a graduate that has studied the exact subject matter needed for our business was an immediate fit.  There was little to no training required.  If anything, we were the ones being trained."

For more information and to register your interest in the scheme visit: