The RISE Business Support Initiative

RISE is a unique business support initiative focussed on enabling small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow through the employment of graduate talent.

RISE offers you:

  • Free access to a wide pool of talented graduates, candidate matching and interview administration
  • Full support to scope and advertise your graduate role(s)
  • Business support tools and workshop to make the most of your graduate hire
  • Grants for the first hire you make

RISE makes the recruitment process easier for you, saving costs, time and increasing your access to a wider pool of suitable graduates; but more importantly it is about helping develop your know-how and capabilities, providing the practical tools that will enable you to confidently recruit graduates in the future.

RISE Cohort 6 is now live and you can find out more at or contact Ollie Tarrant, RISE SME Engagement Manager to discuss and confirm your eligibility –


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