GRADS for D2N2: Customer Plus

GRADS for D2N2: Customer Plus

The University of Derby (UoD) is DRIVEN to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to recruit and retain our most talented students and graduates.

The DRIVEN programme is the University of Derby's GRADS for D2N2 project, which offers tailored packages of fully and part funded services to meet the individual needs of the business whilst enabling less financial risk to the business.

The GRADS for D2N2 project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and is part of the ESF High Level Skills programme. ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce. The GRADS for D2N2 project is delivered by the University of Derby as part of the High Level Skills consortium which also includes Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, Nottingham College, and Nottingham City Council.

Richard Beevers, director of Customer Plus, a customer experience consultancy based in Duffield Derbyshire, turned to UoD for support to recruit an intern to help develop business ideas.

Richard said: "Working with the UoD careers team was first class. They offered us a tailored service to meet our requirements."

"The main reason we wanted an intern was to get help with some projects that are important to us but not urgent; we're a small business and everyone's pretty fully occupied, and there are lots of things that we know we should do that we don't necessarily get round to, so it's great to have an extra pair of hands and an extra brain to get those projects kick-started and finished."

Watch Richard discuss the value of the DRIVEN internship programme to his business, complete with access to funding and further opportunities.

For more information about the DRIVEN programme, visit the UoD website.

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