Step Forward

Step Forward is a one-year programme for young people, aged 17-20 in London. Through Step Forward, we help young people build networks by connecting them directly with employers and equipping them with the skills they need to shine at university or work and beyond.

Employers find it increasingly difficult to reach the young people they need while many school leavers lack the networks to help them hear about jobs. With up to 40% of all jobs filled by word of mouth, it’s not just what you know, but who you know.

Step Forward apprentices get a paid job for 12 months along with one day a week of free professional development training, support from a fully trained mentor, and friends and connections made for life.

Looking for apprenticeship providers from 2018? Step Forward is no longer accepting applications for future cohorts – go to the Step Forward website for advice on other providers and resources for current employers and apprentices.

The benefits

  • A paid job with a quality employer for 12 months
  • A salary of £9,000 over the course of the year
  • Nationally recognised apprenticeship training
  • Free personal and professional development training
  • A valuable professional network of contacts

The pathways

  • Business Support Services
  • Accounting
  • IT, Software and Web Development
  • IT (Salesforce)
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Early Years Education

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step forward has an 88% completion rate

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“‘Working with Step Forward to build our apprenticeship programme has been a huge success. It has allowed us to connect with bright, motivated and enthusiastic students and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Hannah Jennings, Bloomberg