“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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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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How internships can help with innovation, growth and diversity

Just 10 years ago, the idea of an intern was associated with a privileged & well connected few spending part of their summer vacation doing unpaid jobs in the city, at law firms or working as parliamentary aids at Westminster. But this is no longer the case.  Companies of all shapes and sizes are now…

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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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Our 30 year story

For those of you who don’t already know, Step was actually established way back in 1986 following a conversation between staff in Durham Business School and the far-sighted team in Shell UK’s social investment department, hence the acronym  Shell Technology Enterprise Programme. While the idea of placing students to undertake business-critical projects in small businesses…

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Step success – Collis Engineering Ltd.

At Step we’re enthusiastic about helping dynamic high-growth businesses access students and graduates for placements, internships or permanent roles. For constructive and balanced feedback on our work we like to hear about the candidate’s and the employer’s Step experience. We recently worked with Collis Engineering Ltd., an engineering consultancy operating in the rail signalling and infrastructure sector.…

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