Reporter 403, 2 June 1997

A STEP in the right direction

In 1986 shell launched a national programme called STEP - the Shell Technology and Enterprise Programme. It aims to place undergraduates in smaller companies to carry out specific projects during the summer vacation. The University is, for the first time, acting as the agency for the Leeds area for the 1997 Programme.

The students apply for placements in their home areas and are matched with local companies who have submitted projects. 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. Up to fifteen companies can take part. 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; artwork and design.

At the end of their placements the students must give a short presentation before a panel of judges. The local winner goes to the regional final, and the regional winner to the national final, which is a high-profile event in London hosted by Shell.

This a joint activity between the Careers Service and the City and Regional Office.

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