Thank you for organising the event, it must have taken ages but it was well worth it. Our students got a great deal from the event and it was really encouraging to see several completing application forms at lunchtime because they were worried about places being filled up. We will certainly want to bring students along next year. October 2017.The Taunton Academy
Where it all began…
The One Step Foundation was the brain child of the late Sean O’Brien, a well respected local businessman. Sean established The One Step Foundation in 2012 with his wife & business partner, Samantha O’Brien and business partner & personal friend, Nick Mock.
The Foundation was set up specifically to widen the reach of our parent company One Step Recruitment’s continued work with schools, preparing students to enter the work place. To mark the launch we held the first Somerset Careers Fair, an event that was held annually with the fifth anniversary show held in October 2017. The fair was to help inspire young people to achieve their potential – outlining the options, opportunities and career pathways available, uniting students with the organisations and establishments who could make this happen. Our 2016 event also saw the launch of our highly successful new recruitment feature for job seekers and those looking to change career.
In the early days The Foundation was wholly funded by the O’Brien Investment Group, including One Step Recruitment. It is now run in Sean’s memory as a not-for-profit organisation, to inspire young people and support the community.
O’Brien Investment Group
O’Brien Investments Ltd is a holding company encompassing the following four organisations:
Buff Day Spa – an oasis of lavish urban chic, where relaxation, serenity and luxury are at the heart of your experience, conveniently located in Taunton close to car parks and the train station.
Restcare Services (SW) Ltd – award-winning care home in a converted elegant Old Vicarage in the heart of the Somerset countryside, with tailored care programmes to suit each individual, offering residential, short-term respite and day care.
One Step Recruitment Ltd – Somerset’s leading recruitment company with both local knowledge and national expertise. We offer CV advice and a full interview with a REC qualified consultant to our candidates, and a range of staffing solutions to our clients including temporary cover, managed teams, permanent staff and senior posts.
And not forgetting One Step Foundation (SW).
[The Careers Fair 2015] was a well organised event. The venue and One Step staff were very helpful, the stand layout and build was good and we had everything we needed.
We appreciate The Foundation’s efforts to keep costs down, but the event has to be financially sustainable. Many of the exhibitors operate on a semi-commercial basis even if they’re not businesses (young people and parents are their customers and they need to market their services) and thus should expect to pay for the space in 2016. We’d be happy to pay for our space as we see the benefit in being there.Jeff Brown | Duke of Edinburgh