On behalf of everyone at the school, I would like to say a huge thank you for all you have done in your role as a mentor to one of our students who left us last year. I realise that it requires a great commitment in time and effort to ensure that the outcomes of the meetings are positive and fruitful.Mrs S Watson, Head Teacher | The Castle School
The One Step Foundation story begins with school children…
What’s life like for a school leaver?
There are always going to be a number of challenges facing young adults approaching school leaving age, that need explaining and careful consideration. In our experience, students are excited by the prospect of leaving school but are a little lost and there isn’t always the budget for schools to entirely address the options available. If they don’t choose higher education, school leavers are not automatically work-ready, lacking both life skills and maturity; they are up against candidates with a polished CV and interview experience, which instantly puts them at a disadvantage.
How does One Step Recruitment help?
Our parent company One Step Recruitment supports lots of students in Somerset, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with learning needs, helping to release their talent. We work closely with local schools and colleges entirely free of charge, providing mentoring, help with building a CV, interview practice and social skills advice – all in readiness for starting work. We are proud of the close relationships we have developed with the following establishments, among others:
- Bridgwater and Taunton College
- The Castle School
- Haygrove School
- Richard Huish College
- Kingsmead School and
- Heathfield Community School.
If you would like us to work with your school/college, then please get in touch.
Ellie is the perfect case study! Ellie was a student at Richard Huish College and we met her through our student support plan in place at the college in 2014 (which continues to this date).
We worked closely with Ellie and her tutor and we spotted such potential that we offered her a role. She is now a successful Recruitment Consultant for One Step Recruitment!
Where does The One Step Foundation fit in?
In addition to One Step Recruitment’s continued work with schools preparing students to enter the work place, to widen our reach we established The One Step Foundation and marked this with the launch of the Somerset Careers Fair in 2013. The fair took place annually and had its fifth anniversary in 2017, becoming the largest and most interactive of its type in the South West.
Founder (the late) Sean O’Brien would be immensely proud of everything The Foundation has accomplished for the community and how it continues to achieve its primary objective to support young people. The Somerset Business Award (awarded to The Foundation in 2016) means a great deal to all involved with The Foundation and Sean would have been delighted with this acknowledgement.
Thank you for all the hard work behind the scenes, it was again a very good day. October 2016.Hair Academy South West