London, UK Twenty more UK electronics companies could benefit this year from government grants in support of undergraduate projects. STEP Solutions: Electronic Engineering (SS:EE), the DTI-backed business support initiative, is giving small or medium-sized companies the opportunity to benefit from having an undergraduate to undertake a specific electronics-related project to develop their business.
Undergraduates who are studying electronics and related disciplines can be placed with companies from 4 weeks to a year, and qualifying SMEs can subsidise the cost of employing the student through a DTI grant.
Philip Donnelly, the managing director of STEP Enterprises, said, “We secured a large number of successful projects during the summer, and are now looking for companies who would benefit from short-term or long-term projects before the end of the year.”
SS:EE is programme run alongside STEP (Shell Technology Enterprise Program), a business support service that matches SMEs with undergraduates for the completion of clearly identified projects that benefit both business andstudent. Developed and supported by Shell UK since 1986, and supported by the DTI since 1992, STEP is available throughout the UK and receives support from various government departments and agencies, including the Small Business Service.
Companies wishing to take part in the STEP Solutions: Electronic Engineeringprogramme should visit Access to Knowledge website.