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Education, Research & Planning, Public Sector

Programme Extended – STEP-UP Programme

Applications to STEP-UP have been extended to mid-September 2021. 

The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, working in partnership and with funding from the European Social Fund, are pleased to introduce you to an exciting new training and internship programme.
STEP-UP is an innovative fast-track training programme for local SMEs that will allow them to identify the skills they need, and access talented graduates to help them grow their business through fully funded six-week internships.

Our offer to you:

Joining the STEP-UP programme will give you a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in summer 2021, plus access to specialist masterclasses hosted by subject and industry experts – all at no cost to you.

By taking part, you and the staff from your organisation will benefit from attending up to four free online masterclasses in September and October 2021. Additionally, there will be two recorded masterclasses we will send you to watch in your own time.

Masterclasses will cover key areas around recruiting, retaining, and upskilling staff.

  • Working with your local universities
  • Internship onboarding
  • Creating your Step-Up internship
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Introduction to Action Learning Sets

You will be invited to create an internship proposition and take on a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in summer or autumn  2021. Successful graduate applicants will have completed a series of employability workshops, which cover key skills and areas of knowledge identified by SMEs as being in short supply.

For more information on the programme and instructions on how to apply for a place, head to the dedicated website.

Please contact us via if you have any further questions.


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