STEM Graduates into Business

Project aim

This three-year project, part-funded by the ERDF, aims to incentivise and support innovative Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working across Devon to employ a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) graduate intern. Through the six or twelve month internship, the SME will benefit from employing a graduate who will help the business to realise innovative products, processes or services.

Support from the project is by way of advice around graduate recruitment and vacancy design, free vacancy advertising on graduate jobs boards, social media and through links with strategic partners. Additionally, there is a payment of between £1,800-£3,600 to offset some of the costs of employing the graduate.

Benefits to SME

  • Access to fresh and innovative ideas
  • Bespoke support in creating eye-catching vacancies, advertised via graduate job portals
  • Flexible staffing model to help the business realise key projects
  • Potentially identify future talent for your business
  • Support graduate retention in order to benefit regional economic growth

Benefits to Graduates

  • Paid internships, full-time hours, for 6-12 months
  • Gain invaluable real-life work experience and enhance your CV
  • Discover the many benefits of working for an SME
  • Opportunity to work within your subject of study in the region



European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy. 

More information about University of Plymouth projects funded by the European Development Fund.