The Step Programme offers undergraduates and recent graduates a range of work experience opportunities.
These can be short term undergraduate work placements, sandwich placements or graduate internships. All Step opportunities have a genuine development focus, are structured and often project based and importantly, are all paid!
And did you know that over 85% of our graduate internships turn into permanent graduate jobs!
Will I get paid?
YES, of course! If you are on a Step graduate internship or a sandwich placement you will receive a salary. Details of the salary and any other benefits will be included in the job description.
If you are on an undergraduate/summer placement you will be awarded a training allowance. The details will always be included in the job description. The training allowance is to cover out of pocket expenses such as travel costs and subsistence for the duration you are on the placement. It is not a wage or a salary and therefore you will not have to pay any national insurance or tax from the monies you receive. This also means you will not be issued with a P45 when you complete your placement
What is the chance that my placement will turn permanent?
Over 80% of Step graduate internships turn into permanent graduate roles, however this will depend on the nature of the project and the requirements of the host company. Sometimes we include this in the description of the role. Where a company is not in a position to offer a permanent position, the internship will still offer you a valuable development opportunity to add to your CV and help open doors to future permanent roles.
When will I hear back from my application?
The matching and selection process can take a few weeks and if there are a lot of applicants you may not hear from us until a couple of weeks until after the closing deadline.
But please also note that the deadlines used on our adverts are for guidance only. We advise all interested parties to apply as soon as possible since many of the companies we work with are seeking a swift solution for their internship/job opportunity. We reserve the right to close advertisements prior to the stated deadline.
Why don’t you accept CVs?
All candidates registering with Step must apply by completing a personal profile. Think of it as being similar to a company application form. We like to receive information in a certain format and that is why we do not accept CVs. For some roles, we may ask you to provide evidence of your work and we will ask you to send this separately at the time we contact you to discuss your application.
How do I apply?
Register via our portal. You will be asked to create a profile, which is skills specific, along with a personal statement. This may take some time but if something is worth doing it is worth doing well. A completed profile and personal statement will also improve your chances of being successful and gaining one of our paid placements or internships. Once you have created your profile, you can begin searching and applying for opportunities. If you meet the required criteria for an opportunity we will contact you to check all your details. You may then have to attend a telephone interview and or undertake an assessment before hopefully progressing to a formal interview with the company.
What should I include in my personal statement?
Typically, your personal statement should be three paragraphs. The first being who you are, the second being what you have done and the third being what you are looking to do. As well as including skills and experience that you may have, think about what makes you stand out. Show your personality for example, if you have travelled parts of the world then say so, if you do voluntary work then say where. Show passion in your personal statement, this is the part of the profile that should impress an employer.
Avoid unsubstantiated comments such as ‘can-do-attitude’ without providing evidence.
Your first paragraph should be an introduction: who you are, what grade you attained, why you chose to study a particular subject and your interests.
The second should include modules that you have studied and any work, voluntary or practical experience. Describe a situation and your role in delivering an outcome or a solution in order to show that you will be a welcome asset to an employer.
For your third paragraph, explain how your work experience fits the requirements of the opportunity and/or company. Make sure that your application is relevant to the positions that you are applying for. As well as stating what you could bring to the company, say what you will gain from the internship and why you are interested in this particular role
We are always available to help you to make your statement stronger but make sure that you proof read then proof read again and then get someone else to proof read it for you. There’s nothing wrong with making sure that your personal statement is the best that it can be.
Remember not only does your personal statement need to make the host company want to employ you, but it also helps us gain a first impression of who you are. Without a completed personal statement we are unlikely to consider your application seriously.
What type of companies do you work with?
Step placement opportunities are generally hosted by smaller growing and dynamic businesses. In this type of company you are more likely to experience all aspects of working in a commercial environment. You’re likely to meet everyone who works in the business and gain a much deeper understanding of how that business works. That said, Step also work with some leading global brands. There is a lot of competition for these internships as the companies demand the highest calibre candidates, so to be in with a chance make sure you complete a full profile and personal statement.
Where can I look for accommodation if I were to re-locate?
There are many websites that you can use to look for accommodation from Gumtree to easyroomate.com and spareroom.co.uk. In the past, these websites have helped our candidates however just by simply searching in Google by location, you will easily find useful websites. It may seem like common sense but make sure to search by criteria to ensure that you get the best search results.
Why did I receive a standard rejection from Step?
Because you sent us a standard application. You could have been rejected for a many number of reasons. It could be due to location, if the commute is long distance and you are unable to re-locate then we will have to reject your application. Make sure that your degree is relevant to the application that you are applying for, i.e. if you have studied English Literature but are applying for an engineering role, is it highly unlikely that will submit your application. Due to the high volume of applicants we are unable to reply to each application with reasons why you may have been unsuccessful.
Should I wait until the closing date to apply?
No, if you apply early this will give you time to make your application stronger and get feedback from the Step team before we put you forward for an interview.
Why can’t I register on the portal?
We advise candidates to use Google Chrome as their web browser, it tends to run a lot more efficiently and quicker with our portal. If the problem continues to persist then please contact one of our team and we will do our best to get the problem fixed for you.