STEP-UP Programme - the final opportunity for SMEs to sign up




Applications to Step-Up are currently scheduled to close at the end of April 2021. However, places are filling up fast, so please apply soon if you would like to take part.


Step-Up is a new internship and training programme for SMEs in the C2C Local Enterprise Partnership region, where you can access talented graduates to help sustain and grow your business through fully-funded graduate internships.


By joining Step-Up you will benefit from expert-led masterclasses, the opportunity to build relationships with the universities of Brighton and Sussex, and recruit a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in summer 2021 - all at no cost to you.

Our offer to you …


  • Access to join up to four free online SME masterclasses, which can be attended by any staff member. (Additionally, there will be two recorded sessions we will send you to watch in your own time.)
  • Access to 300 of the brightest, self-motivated final-year students, who will have completed an SME-focused employability skills training programme.
  • Following the masterclass series, you can recruit a fully-funded graduate intern for six weeks in summer 2021.


We have recently updated our SME offer to ensure the Step-Up programme is easily accessible, flexible, and time-efficient for your business.


Please visit or email the Step-Up team at for more information. Alternatively, you can attend one of our webinars to find out more.


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


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