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14 Sep

Integrated Transport Planning is the Chamber’s Nottinghamshire Business of the Year

Integrated Transport Planning is the Chamber’s Nottinghamshire Business of the Year

09 Sep

Bloc Digital is the Chamber’s Derbyshire Business of the Year

A specialist in the creation and re-use of digital information has won the East Midlands Chamber Derbyshire Business of the Year Award 2019.

03 Sep

Women in Leadership course – September 2019

Nottingham Business School are running two 3-day courses in September that focus on women in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to progress into senior or leadership roles.

Financing Skills & Employment

Businesses can access financial support to employ people or to develop their existing staff.

Local and National support and incentives for EMPLOYING PEOPLE are listed on this page below.

Funding Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Grant

Employers will be entitled to a £1,000 incentive payment for recruiting a 16-18 year old apprentice or 19-24 year old apprentice with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. This will be paid to employers in two instalments by their training provider – £500 after 3 months and £500 after 12 months.

Contact your training provider for more details.

The following local schemes are subject to availability and eligibility.

Ashfield and Mansfield Apprenticeship Grant


Graduates into Enterprise for Mansfield and Ashfield

Ashfield and Mansfield District Councils, through their Regeneration Service offer grants to eligible employers on a first come first served basis of between £1,000 and £1,500 to take on apprentices aged between 16-24.
Please note that all funding for Ashfield businesses has now been allocated, however, any applications for the Ashfield and Mansfield Apprenticeship Grant for Employers will be placed on the reserve list should any funding become available.

Nottingham City


Notts city council logo

Businesses thinking of recruiting an apprentice within the Nottingham City area may wish to contact Nottingham Jobs to find out more about the schemes below.


The Nottingham Jobs Fund (NJF) helps you to create jobs and Apprenticeships for those who are 18+ in the city and can offer a grant of up to £5000 towards the cost of creating a placement.


Funding Employment Schemes


Nottingham Jobs Fund


The Nottingham Jobs Fund (NJF) helps you to create jobs and Apprenticeships for those who are 18+ in the city and can offer a grant of up to £5000 towards the cost of creating a placement.

Talent Match Programme Wage Fund

talent match

This fund supports 18-24 year olds not in education or employment to find suitable work with local employers in the Community and Voluntary Sector.

The Fund can offer a subsidy to an employer to pay for the salary costs of a young person which equates to paying an individual the minimum wage for a full time job for at least six continuous months. The Sheffield City Region LEPscheme is delivered across the local authority districts of North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, Chesterfield & Bassetlaw by Bolsover CVS.

For more details contact Lorna Wallace at or Laura Khella

Funding Access and Travel to Work

Wheels to Work


Wheels to Work

Wheels to Workoffer a range of transport solutions to residents of Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire who are having difficulty getting to work or learning. Wheels to Work (W2W) solutions include moped loans, training, insurance, servicing and equipment; bicycles, both push bikes and power assisted; public transport fares; travel information and travel planning.


Work Choice and Access to Work


Job Centre Plus

Work Choice is a voluntary programme to help disabled people who find it hard to get and keep a job, and employed people whose jobs are at risk because of their disability, by offering financial support to employ a disabled person who needs specialist support.


Wage incentives worth up to £2,275 will be available for employers who can offer a job lasting 26 weeks to an 18 to 24-year-old who is participating in the Work Choice programme.
Work Choice is delivered by various organisations from the public, private and third sectors (‘providers’) and will work with you to develop a package of support specially designed for your business and the individual with the aim of developing their skills.

For further details click here.

Access to Work is a specialist disability service from Jobcentre Plus that gives practical advice and support to disabled people, whether they are working, self-employed or looking for employment. Access to Work is provided where someone needs support or adaptations beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act. The employers' guide to Access to Work can be viewed here.

Funding Graduate and Student Placements


DMU Graduate Champions


DMU Graduate Champions provides businesses with the opportunity to benefit from an intensive injection of graduate-level expertise and innovation on a paid, intensive work internship. All internships through the scheme are 6 weeks in length and are for 111 hours across the 6 week period.

Find out more here

Energy For Business

Fully funded post-graduate student support of up to 200 hours for an energy related project is available through the University of Nottingham Energy for Business project.  More details here


Nottingham Trent University - Graduate Placement


Nottingham Trent University

Under the Enabling Innovation project Nottingham Trent University has graduate placement options for eligible clients including 20% off the salary cost of a full time graduate, 50% contribution to the cost of short term project expertise and free access to students undertaking live projects.


The Santander NTU internship programme offers SMEs fully funded final year students or recent graduates for a three month placement.

For more details contact the NTU Santander Team

You can also register on FutureHub employers at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)



RISE is a programme that is available to businesses across the Sheffield City Region to support them to attract, recruit, train and retain graduates through internships. £1,000 grant is available the first time you use the scheme,  the only cost to the business is the graduate’s salary and employers NI.

The service is jointly funded by the SCR Growth Hub, The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.  More details here


University of Derby - Supported Internships


University of Derby

The Derby Internship Programme is available to SMEs and charities wishing to have a student for between 100 hours and six months to undertake a strategic project. Eligible employers pay a salary at minimum wage or above. The University provides a recruitment and consultation service along with an ERDF funded subsidy of £500.

A second project provides a fully funded 80 hour placement.  Workshops and mentoring support SMEs to recruit and retain student and graduate talent.


To express interest in either scheme email contact details to or call 01332 592939.

University of Nottingham

Santander Universities have provided the University of Nottingham with funding to cover 3-month internships/projects with SMEs. For more details tel: 0115 7484522 or email

Notts Postgraduate Placements
Postgraduates can be placed in a business for up to 200 hours, part-time for between 3-6 months. The business contributes £4.00 (plus VAT) per hour toward the costs. Support includes recruitment and contracting, to allow the employer to focus on the supervision of the project itself. 

Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Loughborough University has been chosen by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to pilot a new Placement scheme for Engineering students who are undertaking IMechE accredited degree courses. SME engineering companies with less than 250 employees, who have not previously taken on a placement student, can benefit from grant support of £2000 to participate in this scheme by providing a structured placement for a minimum of 45 weeks.
For more details please contact Sophie Kanabar on 01509 222099 or email

University of Leicester


University of Leicester

Connecting SMEs with Talent
Support and financial assistance of £1500 - £2000 to recruit and employ a graduate on a long or short term basis


Sheffield Hallam University


Sheffield Hallam University

Funding could be available to support full-time and part-time internships of four to nine weeks, with current students and recent graduates of the University. The scheme is available to local and national businesses, charities and social enterprises of any size. To find out more and register interest, contact the Employment Team on 0114 225 3940 or email