Facts and Figures from the House of Commons BAME Internship programme

After a long and very competitive application and interview process, the recruitment has been completed on the House of Commons 12-month internship programme and we’re delighted to announce that three students have successfully been appointed, with start dates targeted for November. The aim of the programme was to provide work experience, employability support and guidance to…

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Higher level skills – the 2017 Masters cohort.

September and October may well mark the start of the academic year cycle but for Masters students, who are just completing their degrees, Autumn signals the start of their graduate job search.  For businesses who may be feeling they missed the flux of new graduates back in June and July, Masters students who are now…

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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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Summer’s over -back to business!

As politicians, schools, colleges and businesses return from their summer holidays, many  2017 graduates, who decided to take the summer off, are also returning from their international travels. We are seeing heightened activity among this group of new graduates who are turning their attention to their graduate job search. The 2017 Step graduate talent pool…

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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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