The Department of Economic Development (DED) is extending its invitation for local businesses to take part in the 2012 Step Scheme as a record number of applications have been received from local students wishing to undertake projects.
Each year, the Step Scheme recruits some of the most astute and enterprising undergraduates who are able to administer research, analyse information, think objectively and report results clearly, as well as provide physical and practical solutions.
Typically, Step students can provide a diverse range of knowledge and skills and there are no restrictions on the type of project businesses may submit. During the eight week placement the students are able to work with minimal supervision and through the projects they undertake are able to deliver real tangible benefits and added value to any organisation.
Political Member with responsibility for the Step Scheme, Laurence Skelly MHK, commented:
'The Step Scheme is a dynamic, highly regarded student placement programme that offers our undergraduates invaluable work experience on a project that can make a real difference. Under the programme, students receive £210 per week funded by the participating organisation but previous Step placements have shown that host organisations have enjoyed operational improvements substantially greater than the modest sponsorship amount involved.'
The projects conclude in a local competition where undergraduates present their project to a panel of judges to compete for the prestigious title of ‘Most Enterprising Student’.
Organisations interested in participating should contact Department of Economic Development by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 1624 682393.