Step Forward brings together new school leavers from all backgrounds, providing them with one year’s professional work experience and skills training.
All participants build a professional and peer network across sectors and gain training in highly transferable skills and character development. They also build experience and knowledge in their chosen field.
Step Forward recruits participants based on their potential to thrive, rather than the opportunities that they have already received. This makes sure young people from all backgrounds have the chance to develop the personal and professional skills, as well as the connections, required to thrive in a diverse workplace.
Step Forward enables employers to recruit talented school-leavers and ensures that young people from all backgrounds get the jobs their talent deserves.
Nearly a third of young people who have heard of Step Forward rated it as their first choice when leaving school, perceiving it as widening their debt-free options at 18. In its first year Step Forward was extremely popular, with over 400 applications for just 48 places. This year 150 participants are taking part in the programme.
The programme lasts 12 months and involves:
- Induction: Participants spend a part-residential week with their peers.
- Classroom-based training: Participants are taught by an expert tutor in their chosen programme. All young people also receive a personal mentor and career and academic advice.
- Workplace-based training: Participants spend 30 hours a week learning through practical action.
- Professional Development: Participants develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills through training with their peers.
- Networks: All learners become part of a cohort of young people working with different employers.
If you are interested in the Step Forward programme or require any further information, please visit the Step Forward website.