University of Derby DRIVEN Project


The University of Derby currently has some funding available to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to support graduate recruitment and internships.

The DRIVEN project is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to recruit and retain our most talented students and graduates. Working within the priority sectors of the local economic area we can offer packages of support to help your business benefit from graduate talent. We also run another project called Productivity through Innovation (Pti), which is similar to DRIVEN.

It consists of two streams:

  1. 80 Hour Internship – a part-time internship open to any students/recent graduates. We will be launching in cohorts and the students are paid by the university, so there is no cost to the employer. The next launch date is the 13th
  2. The Graduate Programme – SMEs eligible for the programme are entitled to £1000 ESF funding for hiring a University of Derby graduate for a minimum 400 hour period over 3 months, paid at a minimum of £9.34 an hour (£18,213 per annum pro-rata).

 Jobs Board

Any time you have a role to offer, just let us know and we’ll put it on our student/graduate jobs board for free! (However, we do this already if you sign up to the DRIVEN or PTI project, as it’s all part of the recruitment support we offer through the project funding). You can access the jobs board any time you have a role to offer; you don’t have to sign up to a funded project in order to access this jobs board.

Student Employment Agency

We have a recruitment agency for students and graduates, internally within the University. This can be good for short term projects/ office support, and the work does not need to be ‘graduate level’ roles, unlike the internships. This is mutually beneficial as it allows students flexible work to supplement their income, and employers do not have HR responsibilities as the student is not their employee.

If any of these options are of interest, please contact

Verity Stallion-Rigg
ESF Talent Development Officer
Careers and Employment Service

   T: 01332 592789




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