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Free support to recruit graduates for Chesterfield businesses

The RISE initiative is looking for more local companies to take advantage of its free graduate recruitment programme.

RISE helps connect the region’s network of innovative and exciting businesses to graduates with energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas. It aims to help SMEs based in Chesterfield, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and the Derbyshire Dales to find the best graduate talent for their business.

As part of the service RISE will write or assist with the advert, advertise a graduate role across the UK and put candidates through a variety of recruitment tasks. Companies also have access to line manager training, interview guidance and tool kits.

To date, the RISE initiative has helped over 300 businesses to fill over 400 graduate vacancies, from Manufacturing to Marketing. A recent survey of RISE businesses showed that businesses benefit in many ways by taking on a graduate and believe that hiring a graduate helped their business grow.

“RISE worked really well for us. We wouldn’t have had the resources to interview the number of initial applicants ourselves.” Riverside Automation

A spokesperson from Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens said: “The RISE scheme was a breath of fresh air and I learnt a lot about recruitment. All the information was there if we needed it, but wasn’t forced on us if we didn’t.”

Local organisations that have been involved in the project to date include Chesterfield Champions Casa HotelGlobal Brands, Roaring MouseMSE Hiller, and BHP Chartered Accountants.

There is no cost to use RISE except the graduate’s salary and employers NI. Plus, businesses signing up to the scheme for the first time will receive a £1000 subsidy.

The deadline to sign up to the scheme is 25th September so get in touch with Gabi Binnie ( to discuss advertising a vacancy.

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