About Step

Launched in 1986 originally as part of Shell UK’s social investment activities, and now run independently, we have supported over 22,000 Step placements for students and recent graduates in businesses right across the UK.  

Ranging from engineering and communications to the creative industries and global sports brands, the programme is delivered by a dedicated network of experienced partners including universities, business support and training providers.

Case Studies


Life after Uni (and Step!)

Life after Uni (and Step!)

Charlotte Miller won the 2009 Most Enterprising Student Award for her Step placement at RCE Services UK. But life for this University of Leeds graduate has got a whole lot more interesting since graduation. Read her first person story here.

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Step placement leads to ‘fantastic and humbling’ position

 After studying for a Management and Marketing Degree, Charlotte Webb is now a full time Marketing Executive after a successful Step Placement at British Coatings Federation.

Find out more as we talk to Charlotte and her employer, Alison Brown, below:

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More Permanent Opportunities

 Alejandra completed a 12 week placement as a Graduate Data Analyst with Artesia Consulting, a sustainable water management company, which then led to her being taken on permanently.

We spoke with Alejandra and Simon from Artesia to find out more about their experiences.

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6 month placement leads to full time job.

6 month placement leads to full time job.

Matt Preston was employed on a 6 month placement in August 2011 but was taken on as full time in-house web designer in February 2012. Read our review from Matt and his employer, Gabrielle, here

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Geographic Information Systems Research Project

Geographic Information Systems Research Project

Holly was placed at Fugro Global Environmental and Ocean Services on a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Research Project.

Here we interview Holly and Mark, the director from Fugro, about the placement.
 

 

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Step host business up for national award

Step host business up for national award

Step host company, Abdi, have been selected as a finalist in “Best Organisation with Fewer than 250 Employees” category of the NCWE placement and internship Awards.
 

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Charlotte Fayle - RCE Services UK Ltd

Charlotte Fayle - RCE Services UK Ltd

Charlotte, a 21-year old Biology student from Leeds University was crowned the “UK’s Most Enterprising Student 2009” for developing an energy reduction service which is set to generate a £300,000 turnover for her host business.

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David Beckford - Pronto Industrial Paints Ltd

David Beckford - Pronto Industrial Paints Ltd

David knows all about the value of work experience placements as he has had first hand experience as both a student and a business leader.

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Shell Step Success Stories

Shell Step Success Stories

This film shows behind the scenes of a Step placement. It features interviews with students and companies and profiles the Step experience from both perspectives.

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Rosalind Leeming - Spiritlevel Cinema

Rosalind Leeming - Spiritlevel Cinema

Rosalind, studying Politics and Theology at the University of Bristol, was tasked with helping to define Spiritlevel Cinema's product offer and how it would differ from the competition.

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2007 Shell Step Final

2007 Shell Step Final

2007 Step Final. Meet all the 2007 Shell Step finalists and find out more about their projects. Discover what the students have learnt and the skills they have developed whilst on placement.

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Jenny Runnacles Ming Foods - London Innovation Placement Programme

Jenny Runnacles Ming Foods - London Innovation Placement Programme

Studying Geography at The University of Bristol, Jenny was placed with Ming Foods to develop a new product. The company owners required a solution for how to effectively use waste pancake dough - a bi-product of their automated process.

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Julian Polzella - London Innovation Placement Programme

Julian Polzella - London Innovation Placement Programme

Julian was awarded Winner of the Entrepreneurial Spirit category at the 2008 London Knowledge Transfer Awards.

Julian’s 12-week placement project took place at Palantir Economic Solutions Ltd. It involved him completing a prototype version of a new and innovative software application for the oil and gas industry.

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2006 Shell Step Final

2006 Shell Step Final

This film explains what is involved in participating in Step and the background to the programme. It features interviews with students and clients, and includes satisfaction statistics for both parties.

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