Information for SME employers

Santander Universities are presently partnering with the University of Stirling Careers and Employability Service, offering small to medium sized organisations a subsidy to help them provide internship opportunities to Stirling students and graduates. 

Eligibility for Subsidy

  • You must be an organisation with 250 employees or less
  • Annual turnover of £50 million or less
  • Include companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities
  • Cannot apply for further Santander UK plc funding to extend an intern contract or employ the same student or graduate after the internship has completed.

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All eligible employers can apply for a subsidy of £600, £1200 or £1500 (No VAT). Depending on which option you choose, you will be able to get one of these subsidy amounts as full funding or half funding towards your internship.  Subsidies will be provided on a first come, first served basis until available funds have been used up.


If you would like to offer these hours on a part-time basis during the academic year the internship could be 7 hours per week for 10 weeks. This is to ensure that the student has time to fit their work around their academic timetable

If you want the student to work over the summer then the internship could be 7 hours per week for 10 weeks or 14 hours per week for 5 weeks.

You will receive full subsidy of £600 (no VAT), so long as you are paying the intern at least £8.57 an hour.


For full-time summer internships, we will pay a half subsidy of £1200 or £1500, depending on the length of the internship. 
  •  8 weeks full-time (35 hour week)

Subsidy of £1200, based on you paying an hourly rate of £8.57 an hour

  •  10 weeks full-time (35 hour week)

Subsidy of £1500, based on you paying an hourly rate of £8.57 an hour.  

Terms and conditions

You must:
  • Provide a job description for the internship and agree tasks/role in advance
  • Shortlist and process all applications for the internship and let them know if they have been successful or not
  • Provide adequate support or training to enable the student or graduate to complete tasks or roles associated with the Internship
  • Provide working hours and conditions in line with national employment law
  • Invoice the University of Stirling Careers and Employability Service for the agreed amount (no VAT) once the internship starts.  Please note the University of Stirling’s payment terms are 30 days from the date of invoice. 

Next Steps

  1. Complete the Stirling Internship SME Vacancy Form and send to to be approved by the Careers and Employability Service. Final date for submitting an internship vacancy is Friday 9 February 2018.  Internship proposals will be approved on a first come, first served basis
  2. The Careers and Employability Service will start advertising your internship at an agreed time and collect all applications until the deadline date. For summer internships, we plan to advertise from the start of February onwards. This gives you the chance to advertise your internship and meet potential applicants at our 'This is Your Life’  careers fair on Thursday 8 February 2018.  
  3. The Careers and Employability Service will send all applications to you after the application deadline date
  4. Employers are asked to invite candidates for interview and inform unsuccessful candidates.  
  5. Summer internships for returning students need to be completed by Friday 7 September 2018.
  6. You will need to complete and sign the Stirling Internship Agreement Form

Employer Quotes

Access to a skilled candidate ready to take on a varied role, and provided our intern, with what was hopefully, a valuable experience in a professional environment to apply his knowledge in a real world business context. Participating in the Santander/University of Stirling scheme meant we could take on a skilled full-time employee with a shared cost. .

Marc Crothall, CEO of Scottish Tourism Alliance 

The scheme was certainly beneficial to both the company and intern. Having used the scheme previously too, I think the scheme is a great way to get recent graduates with enthusiasm into the business and allow them to share and bring their ideas into the business. Via the scheme, Owen has secured long term employment with the company as have interns from the previous year.

Katy Gibson, YouTrain

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