Reporter 403, 2 June 1997

A STEP forward

The University is, for the first time, acting as the agency for the Leeds area for the 1997 Shell Technology and Enterprise Programme. The STEP programme was set up in 1986 with the aim of placing undergraduates in smaller companies to carry out projects during the summer vacation.

The students apply for placements in their home areas and are matched with local companies. In Leeds half their training allowance of £120 per week will be paid by Leeds Training and Enterprise Council or the Department of Trade and Industry and the company pays the other half. Typical projects include establishing the feasibility of a new product or service; building a computer database; identifying export opportunities; equal opportunities monitoring and evaluation; work towards achieving various quality standards. This is a joint activity between the Careers Service and the City and Regional Office.

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