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Shell calls on UK businesses to get a Step ahead

Date 20 Apr 2007
Author The Editor
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The annual search for forward thinking small businesses to join a summer placement programme has been kicked off by Shell Step. The programme places hundreds of highly motivated university students with small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) throughout the UK to undertake business projects during their summer breaks.

In 2006 two thirds of businesses participating in the Shell Step programme said their student placements added at least £1,500 to profits during their placement period and 96% of students said the experience has made them more employable.

Last year students helped SMEs with new and enhanced products, marketing strategies, bespoke software, efficient administration processes and lots more. According to Shell Step, they provided solutions that saved time and money, developed new capabilities and outlined potential new markets. They also gained valuable business experience and transferable skills.

James Smith, Chairman of Shell UK, said: “Shell Step aims to help undergraduates to develop real business skills that will give them a valuable head-start when they enter the workplace. Now in its 21st year, Shell Step continues to have a lasting impact, delivering tangible benefits for both the students and companies that take part.”

To find out how to get involved in the scheme students and businesses can visit www.shellstep.org.uk. The deadline for businesses to apply to take part is 15 June 2007.

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