Wednesday, June 1, 2016

News: RISE across the Sheffield city region


The RISE project is expanding across the whole of the Sheffield city region (SCR) having found success in connecting businesses with graduates in South Yorkshire.

Established in 2013 by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield, it was set up in response to SME feedback around recruiting graduates, which highlighted issues such as not having a training framework for a graduate employee and assessment centre style recruitment processes to find the "right" candidate being too expensive. Graduates also had concerns around employment opportunities.

The SCR Growth Hub has become a major partner in the scheme, securing RISE until 2019 and giving thousands more forward thinking SMEs the opportunity to benefit from recruiting graduate talent. It will now be rolled out to cover all nine local authority areas in the SCR.


The Growth Hub acts as a gateway for businesses to access specialist support. It also commissions products that are accessible to any business regardless of location, ending the postcode lottery of support in the city region.

RISE has already seen more than 200 graduates placed into paid internships over the last three years, across more than 150 companies. The roll-out of RISE across the region means a further 250 interns will be placed over the next three years, with at least 150 of these placements becoming permanent posts. This will equate to an economic impact for the region of up to £7m.

Businesses benefiting from RISE so far have ranged from digital, engineering, manufacturing and technology to third sector, recruitment and HR. The scheme's reputation amongst local businesses is strong, with RISE alumni including Rotherham-based firms Pyronix and Eadon Consulting.

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: "RISE is about connecting the region's network of innovative and exciting businesses to talented graduates with energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas. The development and retention of skills are crucial to the growth of our business community. RISE will support this objective, so it really is a win-win situation for all parties and we are really pleased that it is being rolled out further across the city region."

RISE runs three times a year, with intakes in spring, summer and autumn. Businesses are being recruited now to coincide with summer graduation.

RISE website

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