Regroup, Recruit and Rebuild your workforce with support funding from the University of Derby

Regroup, Recruit and Rebuild your workforce with support funding from the University of Derby

The University of Derby is DRIVEN to support local SMES-Claim free recruitment and training support plus £1,000 funding:

We understand that this can be an uncertain time to recruit, and so to ease those concerns, the University of Derby can support Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire SMEs with £1000 support funding if they recruit any individual that has graduated within the last 3 years. This includes graduates from any university, so do get in touch if you have recruited recently or are planning to.

That's not all, our team will handle all of the role promotion, application sifting, and shortlisting free of charge. We will also provide value added on-boarding support and funded training opportunities. If you have any questions or would like to make an enquiry, please contact



Find out how we can support you to ReGroup, Recruit & Rebuild your workforce:

In light of the impact the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has had on Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), the University of Derby has adapted its SME support package.

Since December 2018 our University of Derby Graduate Recruitment Programme has supported over 300 local organisations with free recruitment, training support and funding through the University of Derby's GRADS for D2N2 project.

Our new REGROUP RECRUIT REBUILD package, in collaboration with the University of Derby Dedicated Business team, expands upon the success of our project with greater opportunities than every before!


"We've been working with the University of Derby for many years now, but recently, very much successfully in the Graduate Recruitment Programme. We have to be on top of our game, we have to be competitive. We have to have the best designers..."  - Bob Betts (Managing Director of Smith of Derby Limited).


Whether you're thinking of growing, expanding or simply adapting to new and recent challenges, now is the time to regroup as a company. We can help formulate the next best steps for your business, providing a full recruitment cycle role free of charge.

We offer vacancy promotion, application sifting, and shortlisting, whilst adding value through our on-boarding support. You will also gain access to our vast pool of next-generation talent to help get you started.


Recieve 400 hours internship funding and build your workforce. We can help you to find, attract, assess and position the very best in graduate talent to fit within your organisation.

In addition, we can help train and develop candidates within their role to further support your long term business objectives.


From leadership skills to digital marketing, we can further develop your workforce capabilities through our Advanced Skills Programme. Whatever your goals, the University of Derby can help you to rebuild and strengthen through a variety of long term business support schemes and courses, working together for a better future.

"They gave me excellent support in helping us to understand what the possibilities were for internships. Then guiding us through every aspect of writing the advert and shortlisting our candidates. They even found us a suitable interview space as we do not have an office. They are always on hand to answer questions and excellent at communicating at each stage of the process."  - Sally Murray (Director of Just-Ice: Ethical Ice Cream Company).

Support future D2N2 decision makers - Become a virtual mentor:

Our 20/21 mentoring scheme is now open for student applications and we are looking for employer mentors to join the scheme. The programme brings huge value to our students and really helps them build confidence, professional experience, employability skills and career awareness; all essential ingredients for securing high skilled employment after graduation. You can view some of our Case Studies here.

Mentoring this year will take place virtually on professional platforms such as Teams and Zoom, by email or phone and we will offer virtual briefing sessions and optional training. If you would like to be a mentor please complete this expression of interest form.

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