Careers Network

Support for SMEs

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Here at Loughborough University, we have a Business Development team dedicated to providing talent to give businesses the competitive edge. Find out more on how we can help your organisation below:

Loughborough is consistently ranked as a top 10 university in the major UK university rankings and is the East Midlands' top university with a great reputation for the strength of its business partnerships. Our central Employer Engagement team continues to extend the range of services for businesses designed to deliver positive outcomes and pro-active relationships, now more than ever as we extend business engagement activity to include our new Loughborough University London campus.


'We were advertising for internship coaching roles for our summer camps and we had two available opportunities. The service we received was excellent from start to finish. Due to the breadth of courses offered at the University you can find some very unique students due to their experience and education.' - Evolution Sports Qatar 

Loughborough Talent Match Scheme

Loughborough University is offering a brand new,  and exclusive service for SMEs to hire a Loughborough student/graduate for an Internship opportunity. The scheme cuts both the cost and time of your recruitment process as well as providing you with a student from a top UK University for up to eight weeks. You will be provided with a Talent Match Co-ordinator who will support you throughout the scheme.


The scheme provides you with the following:

  • Support and advice on creating an Internship Opportunity
  • Advertisement and promotion of the opportunity
  • Shortlisting of suitable candidates for the opportunity
  • Optional support on the day of the interview (including free interview space on campus)
  • Match-funding to help with the salary of an intern (Limited funding available)


For more information, please click here.

Advertising and Promoting your Opportunities

Find out more on this service here. Alternatively, you can contact the Business Development Team

Employer Encounters: Big Opportunities in the Smaller Business

We realise that industry and student demand is changing with the emersion of new technologies and the marketplace for graduates is not only made up of our corporate partners but now there is a huge demand for careers in less well-known brands. With this in mind, we have created a suite of events aimed at our small to medium (SME) sized business partners. The aim is to engage, educate and enhance the student employment journey. As an employer this will give you access to present to students in new and innovative ways, supporting you recruitment and brand exposure needs.

 The events will showcase the following 4 areas in the academic year 2019 /2020 as shown below:

30th October          The Engineering Encounter – Insight Day

13th November      The Emerging Tech Encounter – Journey to success 

Business Networking Events: 

 We shall also be holding the following business networking events:

Spring 2020           Spring into SME Growth Business Breakfast

All these events will be free to attend please contact our Business Development team. if you would like to register your interest or to learn more about these events.

Insight Days

'We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the LU Careers network on delivering our first Insight Day at Intelligent Energy.  It is a great opportunity to give students an insight into how they can apply their studies to a career in fuel cells.  It is also an extremely valuable way for us to attract future talent from a top 10 ranked university.  Sophie and Emma provided fantastic support before, during and after the day to ensure its success.  We look forward to hosting events again in the future.' - Lauren Gurney, HR Director at Intelligent Energy.

Insight days provide students with the opportunity to see first-hand what is it like to work at your organisation. Insight days work particularly well for organisations with a 'unique' office/lab/tech space and prove useful for companies to meet Loughborough students on your organisations premises.

Make sure to read about our most recent Interview Advice and expectations and contact the Business Development Team if you would like to create an insight day at your organisation.


Santander Internships Scheme

Loughborough University and Santander have joined forces to offer two-month graduate internships. This is a low risk recruitment method including a £1260 subsidy towards the intern's salary. If you want to access bright young talent, the Loughborough University Santander initiative can help make the connection. For more information about the Santander Internships Scheme please contact the Business Development Team.


Case Studies

Read more about how our services have helped SME's: