“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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Student or graduate intern? Short or long internship?

Student or graduate? Short or long placement? What’s right for my business? These are some of the questions we are most asked. So here are some typical scenarios that can help you think through what would be most appropriate for your business. The good news is that at Step we can support all your placement…

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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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Paying interns – why does it even matter?

A recent poll conducted by Step found that 41% of respondents believe work experience is the most important asset in being able to secure a graduate job. So if a company is willing to offer this valuable experience and a young person is willing to complete the work and not get paid then everyone’s a…

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Positive employment news means yet more competition for graduate talent

For those of you who keep a keen eye on employment trends and related issues, you will no doubt already be aware of recent headlines. The following are particularly salient for any business planning its graduate talent pipeline strategy. The UK’s employment rate is at its highest since the early 1970s and unemployment is falling…

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