Irwin Mitchell Backs Sheffield’s RISE Internship Scheme

Law Firm’s Offices Host Induction Day For Groundbreaking Initiative


National law firm Irwin Mitchell has lent its support to a groundbreaking initiative in Sheffield designed to help SMEs take on graduates in internship roles.

The RISE Internship scheme, which is funded by core partners Sheffield City Council, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, sees small businesses supported to employ graduates on internships of a minimum of six months.

Initially launched two years ago, the scheme has so far helped 120 SMEs in Sheffield to take on more than 165 graduates.

Both the businesses involved and graduates are supported by the RISE team throughout the internship, through development events, site visits and support for their internal training.

This year, Irwin Mitchell has lent a hand to the scheme by hosting the induction event for this year’s third intake of graduates at its Sheffield offices.

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“As a firm, we recognise both the hugely important contribution that SMEs make to the economy and how it is vital that the next generation of talent is able to develop its skills and knowledge of the business world.

“This scheme provides both opportunities and we were delighted to host the event to help this intake get off to a great start. We wish both the graduates and SMEs involved the best of luck.”
Matt Ainsworth, Partner

Paul Blake, Managing Director of Blake UK, said: “The RISE scheme has worked very well for recruiting our first graduate, and we are looking to continue the success with another.”