Support for SMEs

Our dedicated Employer Connections Team can work with you to develop an appropriate strategy to raise your profile amongst our students as well as providing advice and expertise on how to prepare job descriptions, advertise vacancies, sift initial applications, host events, and much more

We appreciate that the last year has presented many challenges, so more than ever, the University of Liverpool is continuing to support SMEs who are keen to attract talent to boost business growth.

Liverpool City Region Graduate Scheme Launching May 2021

The University of Liverpool, funded by the European Social Fund, will manage the recruitment and first six month’s development of a graduate for local businesses in the LCR.  Support will include promotion of your opportunity as part of a first of its kind 'Liverpool City Region Graduate Scheme', delivery of a graduate training programme designed in collaboration with you and other businesses from your sector, support with graduate induction and mentoring and ongoing funding for training.  

Click here to find out more.

Liverpool Interns Business Recovery Programme


We have confirmed a Business Recovery Programme for employers to benefit from 100 hours work from a student or graduate fully funded by us - ideal for short-term growth-boosting projects.

From February 2021, we have funding available for the following organisations: 

  • Small/Medium sized businesses (less than 250 employees)
  • Registered Charities
  • Non-Profit Organisations
  • Voluntary Organisations

Click here to find out more about the programme and how to apply.

Please see our terms & conditions (PDF file). 


The Government Kickstart Scheme

We are proud to support the Government Kickstart Scheme.



As well as committing to provide 50 Kickstart placements for young people as part of the scheme, we are actively promoting external graduate-level Kickstart opportunities to our unemployed graduates through our Handshake platform and invite employers to join the platform to share and advertise their graduate-level Kickstart opportunities. In addition, we welcome advertising any events you wish to promote regarding your vacancies. Find out more about advertising through Handshake here.

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