STEP into the future with Shells enterprising programme

Published: 11 April 2008 at 16:04

Shell Step and Anglia Ruskin University have together embarked on a search for talented university students and ambitious companies to join an ‘enterprising’ summer placement programme.

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Shell Step and Anglia Ruskin University have together embarked on a search for talented university students and ambitious companies to join an ‘enterprising’ summer placement programme.

Every year Shell Step places hundreds of highly motivated students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout the UK to undertake business projects during their summer breaks. 

Working for such organisations gives students the chance to make a big impression, with projects that deliver huge rewards to their host companies. 

In 2007 a quarter of Step students added more than £15,000 worth of value to their placement’s business, while two thirds added at least £5,000.  With projects tailored to their individual skills and career ambitions, having the chance to generate results like these could provide a real boost to students’ CV credentials.

Speaking about the programme, Anglia Ruskin University’s Knowledge Transfer Manager, Simon Daly said:

“This initiative helps students to develop both professionally and personally.”

“The eight week full-time placement gives students an  introduction to the world of work and puts them a step ahead of their counterparts as they gain valuable commercial experience. The companies benefit too as the students add value to their operations with their fresh ideas and strategic thinking.’

The Shell Step programme also offers national recognition for the most enterprising students each year. In September all placement students will compete in regional heats, from which regional winners will be named. In October, the best students from each region will battle it out for the title of ‘UK’s Most Enterprising Student’.

Last year, students helped SMEs to produce new and enhanced products, marketing strategies, bespoke software, efficient administration processes and lots more. 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.

Anyone interested in the programme can find out more or register by visiting www.shellstep.org.uk