> STEP up your Business: Shell Technology
STEP (Shell Technology Enterprise Programme) is a UK-wide programme
offering undergraduates project-based work within small to medium sized
businesses and community organisations. STEP is designed to help small
companies develop their potential by utilising the high level skills of
undergraduates. The businesses benefit by fresh ideas and improved processes
- both in the short and long term.
Over the past sixteen years, STEP has delivered over 14,000 STEP projects
throughout the UK. Most projects take place over the summer but are available
throughout the year...
BENEFITS OF STEP:
You'll save time...
Having a dedicated and largely self-sufficient team member concentrating
on a specific project will allow you still to manage your usual
tasks, and will also provide an extra pair of hands for other major
tasks thrown up during the course of the STEP project.
You'll acquire new skills...
Your business will benefit from new skills, without needing to commit
to costly training courses or additional employees. The project
you assign to your STEP student may well prove the need for a full-time
employee, or it may prove that a particular development idea is
not worth pursuing.
You'll have no big financial costs...
Compared with other training programmes or recruitment consultants,
STEP is incredible value for money -especially considering the help
and support provided by your own STEP Agent. Also, as you are not
actually employing the STEP student there are no employer NI or
tax contributions to pay (except VAT).
Most businesses host a student for eight weeks over the summer vacation,
although part-time flexible STEP projects and full year projects can also
be arranged. During this time, the student focuses on a specific development
project that can assist your business in growth, development or sustainability.
In this way, we can provide an effective and affordable way for you to:
| Research new products, niche markets, competitor
and consumer behaviour, business development ideas...
Improve information management systems, internal communication
systems, operational procedures, IT systems...
Create marketing strategies, promotional materials, Internet
and Intranet initiatives, e-commerce facilities...
Innovate with dynamic, fresh new ideas and perspectives
to help move your business forward.
All STEP students have completed at least two years of an undergraduate
degree and have undergone an intensive interview and induction process
before they enter your business, so are ready on many occasions to hit
the ground running.
"The systems that David implemented
will save us significant time and money in the future. The STEP
programme gave us the chance to get a high-calibre mind working
on a project that we did not have the time or expertise to undertake
- Paul Trotter, Managing Director
Bob Trotter Cycles, York
If you are an SME with less than 250 employees or a community organisation
based anywhere in the UK, then you are eligible to take on a STEP
student this year. You can register for STEP, either online through
www.step.org.uk, by downloading a Company Application Form from
Alternatively, you can contact the STEP Management Team on 0115
941 5900 or enquiries,
or contact your local STEP Agent.