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Step-Up - fully-funded internship programme for SMEs
10th March 2021

Step-Up is a new internship and training programme for SMEs in the C2C LEP region, where you can access talented graduates to help sustain and grow your business through fully-funded graduate internships.

Applications to Step-Up are currently scheduled to close at the end of April 2021. However, places are filling up fast, so please apply soon if you would like to take part.

By joining Step-Up you will benefit from expert-led masterclasses, the opportunity to build relationships with the universities of Brighton and Sussex, and recruit a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in summer 2021 - all at no cost to you.

The programme offers...

  • Access to join up to four free online SME masterclasses, which can be attended by any staff member. (Additionally, there will be two recorded sessions provided to watch in your own time)
  • Access to 300 of the brightest, self-motivated final-year students, who will have completed an SME-focused employability skills training programme.
  • Following the mastercalss series, you can recruit a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in summer 2021.


Please visit or email the Step-Up team at for more information. Alternatively, you can attend one of our webinars to find out more.



The STEP-UP Programme is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. Grant Reference: 04S18P02524


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