A subsidised scheme that places graduates in small Sheffield firms is set to offer 80 placements this year.
RISE has relaunched with 25 internships this week, followed by 25 in June and 20 in September.
The scheme aims to help bosses in small firms ‘cherry pick’ pre-selected candidates.
In the last three years it received 2,200 applications and placed 130 graduates in 104 SMEs.
RISE also pays £1,000 ‘wages’, jointly funded by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University.
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council cabinet member for business, said: “Businesses who may have been deterred from employing graduates because of a lack of resource, or fear of finding the best match, can cherry pick graduates using this approach.
“It emulates that of a large corporate development scheme without the internal investment.
“By working with our university partners we are able to support Sheffield businesses to have a competitive edge, ensuring they get the influx of skills, innovation, energy and fresh ideas that graduates bring, to drive their business forward.”
Applications are reviewed and shortlisted, with potential candidates completing a video interview and assessment centre before meeting businesses at final interview.
To date 130 graduates have been placed in software testing, engineering, marketing, architecture, business development, sales, metallurgy, fundraising, finance and HR roles.
Businesses with less than 250 employees - and their own premises in Sheffield City Region - are urged to contact Rebecca@gradconsult.co.uk