What students and new graduates can do for you.

A question we are often asked here at Step is “what can students and graduates actually do?” It’s a good question as it’s not always apparent from their actual course of study. Many of our internships have completed valuable and substantial projects; below are just some examples showing the breadth and diversity of what Step…

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How to compete with big business for top graduates

For anyone familiar with our regular briefings, our aim is to help our smaller business clients tap into the very competitive graduate skills market.   Even with the imminent changes around the Apprenticeship Levy coming in to force on the 1st April and uncertainty around BREXIT, the number of graduate vacancies offered by the UK’s corporate…

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Manchester City Council’s Paid Internship Programme Brings Success

Manchester City Council has worked with Step for a number of years on their undergraduate summer internship programme. For the past two years the Council’s Policy, Partnerships and Research service has taken on two students for 12 week internships to assist with research projects around developing the evidence base for the city’s economic growth. This…

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Students See Success with the Isle of Man Step Programme

The Isle of Man government run an annual undergraduate Step programme with businesses local to the area. This year saw 29 businesses host students in a variety of positions. If you’re interested in the Isle of Man Step Programme and want more information please visit: https://www.gov.im/categories/working-in-the-isle-of-man/step-programme/   Last month the Isle of Man Department of Economic…

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Who are our students and graduates? Our 2017 candidate profiles

Here’s an overview of our current Step Talent Pool – students and recent graduates screened and actively looking for opportunities in smaller, growth oriented businesses. We have just over 2,000 students due to graduate in 2017, of whom 25% are from Russell Group universities 28% are studying STEM related disciplines: 35% of which are studying…

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“Why use Step when my local Uni will do everything for free?”

“My local University offers businesses a free service, why should I pay for yours?” This is a question we sometimes hear at Step, and on the face of it, it’s a reasonable question, particularly when European funding is  available to take students and graduates from Universities. But what of the many small to medium sized…

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The perils of beige job adverts

This Step business blog is a counterpoint to our student-focused blog ‘The perils of beige applications’. At Step we spend a significant part of every day advising candidates and providing feedback on all aspects of their applications. As part of this we guide them on how to avoid a lot of the pitfalls and common…

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Tapping into the best of this year’s graduates

If you are tuned in to the academic cycle, you’ll be aware that the 2016 graduate cohort are now mostly fledged with graduation ceremonies taking place up and down the country.  But you might be surprised to learn that some of the very best are only now turning their attention to future career plans and …

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