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Updated: March, 2022

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

About RISE

Have you studied in the Sheffield City Region and want to stay? Grown up here and want to come back? Or just fancy living in a place that gives you the best of city living on the doorstep of the glorious Peak District? If so, RISE is for you.

RISE is an innovative and unique project that connects talented, hard-working graduates with small and medium sized enterprises (commonly referred to as SMEs, which means they employ less than 250 people) across the Sheffield City Region. We want to provide graduates with fantastic opportunities, great career progression and the chance to make an impact, whilst giving our thriving small business sector access to amazing graduate talent, skills and innovation.

What type of employers and jobs are available through RISE?

RISE has existed for almost ten years and in that time has appointed nearly 500 graduates in 400 SMEs into a huge variety of roles and sectors from marketing and computer science to design, engineering and project management. Here are just some examples of previous RISE roles:

  • Doc Fest – Junior Accountant
  • Marjolo – Graduate Consultant
  • Totally Runable – Sports Coordinator
  • And Other Stories – Publishing Traineeship
  • Jenx – Projects Engineer
  • Dawson Radford Solicitors – Paralegal
  • Engineering CFD – Fluid Mechanics Projects Engineer
  • Exawatt – Analyst (Electric Vehicles and PV)
  • Yoko:10 – Graduate Microsoft Consultant

Why should I work in the Sheffield City region?

Aside from

  1. 1The amazing music scene, art, food, cafes, pubs and festivals such as Tramlines, Doc Fest, Off the Shelf, Thornbridge Peakender, Sheffield Pride, Under the Stars, Food Festivals, Festival of the Outdoors and many more…
  2. Sean Bean… Game of Thrones fans anyone?
  3. Value for money: when you look at the cost of living versus graduate starting salaries, Sheffield comes out second (after Derby).
  4. England’s first national park and Europe’s busiest: The Peak District.
  5. Sheffield was named as one of the ‘happiest cities to work in’.

We know that when you ask people where graduates want to work, they say: ‘all graduates go to London’. However, this isn’t the case. Did you know that: 58% of graduates went on to work in the region they studied in, and 69% went on to work in the region they grew up in. We therefore know that a large proportion of the graduates from the numerous universities in the Sheffield City Region really want to work here.

How do I apply and what's the recruitment process

RISE 8 is launching for graduates on 7 March. Keep an eye on our live vacancies, or sign up to our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out. You can also check out the competencies we will be screening you against here.

For most of our RISE roles, this is what to expect of our new and simplified process:

  • All roles advertised between 7 March – 30 March 2022
  • Submit brief application and CV via our application portal before 27 March
  • Please note: you can apply for a maximum of three RISE vacancies per cohort. Any additional applications will be automatically withdrawn.
  • Complete digital assessment centre (the dates will vary based on your application date (or fast-track to final interview for technical roles)
  • Final interview with employer between 4 April – 14 April
  • Start dates May/June 2022 (can be flexible)

Work sectors

IT and information services, marketing, advertising and PR, business, consulting and management, accountancy, banking and finance, creative arts and culture, law, engineering and manufacturing


Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the Humber

Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham, Sheffield

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