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12 Dec

Deadline looms for Enterprising Women nominations

The annual quest to find the region’s most successful and inspirational businesswomen will end soon after Christmas.

12 Dec

New Chief Executive Officer appointed by D2N2 LEP

A new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

11 Dec

Women in Innovation Global Business Innovation Programme on AI & Data with Israel

Innovate UK together with UK Science & Innovation Network Israel are organising a Global Business Innovation Programme for women innovators in Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Data with Israel.

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 £4,900 towards the cost of creating a placement.


Funding Employment Schemes


EMPLOY LOCAL offers support and incentives to employers across the D2N2 area who provide employment and training to people who are currently out of work, leading to sustained employment including apprenticeships.

Up to £4000 may be available on a staged payment basis.
For more details email:


SKILLS LOCAL provides support and incentives to employers across the D2N2 area to provide work related training for their low skilled workers including the development of higher skills pathways such as apprenticeships and graduate placements. Up to £4000 may be available on a staged payment basis.

For more details email:

The D2N1 Youth Engagement programme

The D2N1 Youth Engagement programme offers incentives for employers taking on young people aged 16 – 24 who are currently not in education, employment or training.

For the young person, personalised support will include careers advice and guidance, mentoring, provision of motivation and confidence building support, work experience and work tasters, volunteering to develop personal skills and competencies, enterprise activities to inspire participants and raise aspirations leading to referral to appropriate education, employment or training provision. Up to £4000 may be available to a business on a staged payment basis.
For more details email:

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 £4,900 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

Aim Higher Scheme


Ashfield Aim Higher Scheme

The Aim Higher Scheme links SMEs with undergraduates to undertake a structured eight week business project during the summer vacation. Project placements last for 8 weeks and the scheme contributes 80% of the fixed weekly training allowance paid to the graduates.


For more details please call the Ashfield and Mansfield Regeneration Team on 01623 463152.

Graduates into Enterprise


Graduates into Enterprise for Mansfield and Ashfield

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund links high calibre, recent university graduates or postgraduates with local employers to undertake a six month fixed term placement, in order to work on a structured business project or specific piece of work.


For more details telephone: 01623 463165 or click here.

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

International Student Placement Office

International Student Placement Office

ISPO is a cost effective means by which to further your international links, with the introduction of skilled international students who bring a wealth of cultural and linguistic awareness into your organisation. ISPO has been sourcing international students for many years now and has helped companies develop their international trade in such areas as marketing, sales, market research, communication, IT, engineering and many more and can source students for companies through links with over 250 continental education establishments.


Find out more about ISPO 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.

New in 2018, a second project provides a fully funded 80 hour placement  along with workshops and mentoring to 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
One or two postgraduates can be placed in any one SME over the lifetime of the programme, working for an average of 150-200hrs each on a strategic business project. The postgraduates receive a training allowance of £10.03 per hour and company partners make a contribution to the costs of £3.35 per hour (plus VAT).

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