Funding and support for SMEs

We have a range of services and funding solutions to help small medium enterprises (SMEs) with their recruitment needs.

We work with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to help you attract, select and keep students and graduates through funding, consultancy services and workshops.

Talent Matching

Our Talent Matching service offers employers the opportunity to engage with our graduates.

We’ll be providing you with a Talent Matching service where we manage applications, shortlist candidates and assess graduates based on your vacancy requirements. When we’ve found a suitable match, we will introduce you to the graduates to arrange an interview.

Your vacancy will be advertised to our recent graduates and final year students who have signed up to our Future You scheme, which offers ongoing employability support to provide them with the necessary skills required to succeed in the workplace.

You will be offering our graduates a valuable opportunity to develop essential skills via a graduate level role which is a perfect platform for you to access Nottingham Trent University’s graduate talent. Our graduates can bring fresh ideas, a new perspective and the latest skills and knowledge to help grow your business.

To support with your recruitment, we can undertake an organisational needs analysis (ONA) to understand your business growth plans, future skills gaps and talent needs. We will cover everything from placements, to graduate recruitment, apprenticeships, leadership and management.

To talk to us about how the ONA and Talent Match service can help your business contact the Employer Engagement Team at

Funding Opportunities

At NTU we want to help support you when looking for new staff to fill skills gaps, help innovate and move your business forward.

As an SME based in the Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire area, we can offer funding to help you recruit our NTU graduates and talent through several support streams.

Nottingham Trent University offers employers the opportunity to engage with our graduates who will bring fresh ideas, a new perspective and the latest skills and knowledge to help grow your business.

This is a perfect platform for you to take on a Nottingham Trent University’s graduate talent with funding support including:

  • £2000 grant to support a minimum of 12 weeks employment
  • 20% salary contribution over a 12 month graduate placement

To find out more about funding opportunities and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, contact us.

You can also visit Support for SMEs to see our full range of services and support to help your business grow.

Who is eligible?

Small and medium-sized enterprises in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are eligible for support.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined as:

  • less than 250 employees and either:
    • annual turnover less than EUR 50 million or
    • annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million

Still need help?

Employability Business Development Team
+44 (0)115 848 2189