LJMU Graduate Futures


The clock is ticking for you to apply for funding through the European Social Fund (ESF). LJMU Graduate Futures is a £2.4m ESF project looking to support businesses in the Liverpool City Region wanting to grow their workforce with student and graduate talent. We will pay 100% of the salary of a short-term student intern or 50% of the salary of a longer-term summer placement for a student or graduate.

Do you have an immediate opportunity in your business that could benefit from a fresh injection of ideas from a student or graduate? Students completing their degrees NOW are ready to connect and contribute business. Building on skills developed throughout their degrees, including problem solving, creativity, digital skills and research, they are looking for opportunities to learn from businesses just like yours as they put their studies into practice.

Student interests are many and varied, and previous successful roles they have supported have ranged from injecting sustainability working practices and positive action around equality, diversity and inclusion.  Academic preparation has also developed a skill set where research, event management, content creation and data analysis can be applied to the workplace.

Our funding support

  • Short-term project briefs where we pay 100% of the salary for 200 hours of student work in your business. Need help creating a brief? We can help.
  • Mid-term project briefs/jobs where we match fund 50% of a student or graduate salary for a placement of between 4 to 6 months

The hourly rate for interns increased from £10.80 mid-March to £11.45 per hour plus an annual leave payment of £1.96 per hour.


To talk to us about how you can employ a student or graduate through LJMU Graduate Futures email Shulah Jones or browse our website for further details. 

Connecting SMEs to Graduate Talent

About us

LJMU Graduate Futures is a £2.4m project funded through the European Social Fund, providing opportunities to increase graduate retention through collaboration, joint-working and knowledge transfer partnerships across the Liverpool City Region eco-system.

We work with SMEs (under 250 employees with an annual turnover under 50m euros) to deliver funding solutions by talent matching them to our students and graduates. We support businesses via two routes:

  1. Short-term paid internships – helping you to solve a particular problem through either:
    • 100% funded, 200-hour project delivered over a 10-week duration with various start dates, or
    • 50% funded, short-term summer internship – helping you solve a particular problem over a longer period from mid-May 2023 until the student returns to university at the start of the new academic year.
  2. Graduate placements – employing a recent graduate who completed their studies from 2020 onwards. Our funding contributes 50% salary costs. We can support placements for the following duration:
    • 3/4-month graduate placement delivered up to October 2023

How it works

At Liverpool John Moores University we recognise the considerable value our students and graduates bring to the Liverpool City Region economy. By retaining this talent, we can support businesses, at all scales and in all sectors, whilst fostering a network of collaboration and shared-opportunity.

If you are an SME operating in the Liverpool City Region you can find out more and book an appointment to speak with us.

For student and graduate opportunities, you can find out more and book to join one of our events.

To find out more contact GraduateFutures@ljmu.ac.uk

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AGCAS Membership Quality StandardAGCAS is the expert membership organisation for higher education student career development and graduate employment professionals. Through our members, we support the best possible career outcomes from higher education for individuals, institutions, society and the economy.

The AGCAS Membership Quality Standard outlines and demonstrates the levels of professionalism with which member services fulfil their purpose. 

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