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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Our campus campaigns: engaging Universities so you don’t have to!

As a small business ourselves we know that the biggest challenge you face is the allocation of time and resources. University and campus engagement is one of the most time consuming and expensive things a business can undertake (see our previous post on this). And drilling down under the statistics to truly understand the best…

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Lies, damned lies and graduate starting salaries

What is the current average graduate salary? And does it matter? Last week the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR)told the world that new graduates could expect to earn a salary in the region of £28,000 and since this was the average, one could expect that even better graduates could earn even more. Straight out of university. The…

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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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The War for Talent: where are all the STEM graduates?

Where are all the 1,007,645 STEM students? And how can small businesses find them? It was The Economist that first popularised this phrase back in the 1990s and, just like the graduate recruitment industry in those days, it was all about big business and global strategies. It is much the same now: if you ever…

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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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Graduates are more entrepreneurial than ever!

According to the latest available figures from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEfCE) last year 4,603 recent graduates in the UK set up their own businesses, a whopping 34% increase on the previous year. Interestingly there was also a 10% increase in the number of start-ups by academics –something most businesses would welcome in terms…

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