How the programme works
If you believe your business could benefit from the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme, please start the process by completing the relevant stage below. We welcome every industry, as long as your business meets the following criteria:
- Your annual turnover is under £50 million
- Your business has no more than 250 employees
- Your business is registered and based in the UK
- Further information on how the programme operates: Santander Internship Information for SMEs
- A maximum of one internship is allowed per academic year for each participating business
- Santander will contribute £1,500 per intern towards a full time 10 week internship, the SME is responsible to also contribute £1500 per intern
- The intern is therefore paid £300 per week (35 hour week) for their full time internship (£3000 total) Part-time equivalent can be accommodated in some cases
- Edinburgh Napier University will advertise and promote your internship to students via our online jobs board and social media
- The SME will take control of the shortlisting and recruitment process according to your criteria
- You will be given a 4 week window (from the point of your internship being approved on our system) to advertise and select a successful intern
- To be as fair as we can to all our participating SME's, after 4 weeks, should you be unsuccessful at recruiting an intern, the funding will be allocated to another interested SME. Unfortunately we cannot keep re-advertising your opportunity until you find a successful intern as we operate a waiting list for this programme
Benefits for your business
Attracting and retaining the very best talent is important for many ambitious SMEs. Through the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme, our partner Universities including Edinburgh Napier University will work with you to find an intern who matches the needs of your business and is eager to begin their new career. If the match is right, you could even employ them on a permanent basis.
Tips on how to make the most of your internship:
Your obligations as an employer (PAYE, Holiday Pay etc):
- Please visit the Business Gateway HR documents for further information here
Information from the Health & Safety Executive on Employer Liability Insurance:
- Under health and safety law, work experience students (or interns) are your employees. You treat them no differently to other young people you employ.
- Please read the following information on Employer Liability Insurance to make sure you are compliant.