You Only Need Quality Staff

No matter what the role, no matter whether it’s permanent, flexible or an apprenticeship … you want the right person for the job; there has to be a good match or it will end up being problematic in some way or another.
  • Proven, dependable service
  • Distinctly unique offering focused on your needs
  • Public Sector specialists
  • Matching the right person with the right job
  • Focused on customer outcomes
  • Customer supporting accreditations

Whether you need permanent, temporary or apprentice staff, you’ll notice the difference when you work with Step Ahead. The structure of our teams means you get top service from people who really understand and care about you, their colleagues and the people they place into work.

Many existing temporary staff regularly recommend Step Ahead to friends and family and that’s something we’re very proud of. The dedicated team of people achieving the high standards we expect for our clients has been built and developed over a number of years.

They operate the optimum business model for happy and fulfilled staff, alongside efficient operational effectiveness and that results in delighted employers.

If you’re an employer looking for quality staff…

Quality permanent and temporary staff, with completed ID checks, Right to Work in UK checks and references are always available.

Only once we fully understand your specific needs will we begin the process of matching the role with the right person.

Contact us today to let us know what you need, we will be happy to help.

Online Timesheets for Your Temps

The online system provides an easy and efficient way for you to manage your temporary staffing timesheets giving you complete control and transparency.

Our online timesheet system has some great benefits to consider:

  • Enable your temps to input their hours worked as they go
  • At their own pace and in their own time
  • Secure online timesheet authorisations make fraudulent claims impossible
  • Allow you to predict expenditure per assignment
  • Give you total control over your budgets

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Employer FAQs

What should I do if I have a vacancy?

You can either call or email us to discuss your vacancy, whichever is easiest for you.

We can discuss the role you have, the kind of person who will not only be successful in the role but fit in with your culture and ethos. Once we have gained a good understanding, our tried and tested recruitment methods will kick in to find and match the right person for your role.

How do you source candidates for my roles?

In order to find the right match we have a number of different routes and mediums that we use, but we begin with a search of our own database using your agreed employment criteria.

Having started there we utilise the internet very effectively to identify further good prospective candidates. All the results are screened by a specialist recruitment consultant to ensure the criteria are met and to determine whether they are likely to measure up to expectations. Experience is used to a degree to gauge if they have the likelihood of being successful in your role.

One thing you won’t get is a whole host of CV’s sent to your inbox – it’s an extremely lazy and inefficient way of operating.
Only those candidates who are at the top of our research will make it onto a short list for you – it’s always been the way we have worked and whilst it can produce a smaller number of candidates, they are always the worthwhile ones – and that saves you time and resources.

Are all your consultants experienced in their field?

Yes, each consultant in every division has significant recruitment experience of the sector in which they operate. The additional insights they possess ensure they understand and appreciate what you need from a candidate in order for them to succeed in your role.

Do you provide temporary staff, permanent staff and apprentices?

Yes, we can help you with temporary staff, permanent staff, contract staff and apprentices.

We can even help you to upskill your existing staff to ensure you get the best from everyone.

What type of companies do you work for?

We have worked in partnership with a variety of organisations in the Public and Private sectors including various NHS Trusts, Universities, international retail chains, specialist visitor attractions and many more.

Here are a few to give you an idea; Kings College Hospital, University College London, Transport for London, The View from the Shard, The British Library, The Co-Operative, Pho, Waitress, Nando’s and Hotel Chocolate.

Thinking of taking on an apprentice?

Benefits of Apprentices

As a registered Apprenticeship Training Agency, Step Ahead can give you choices most others can’t.  We are able to offer a unique and beneficial way of placing and managing apprentices, where we take all the ‘risk’, and all the formalities and administration headaches out of recruitment and employment.

It’s a really popular option for numerous organisations, including some who are new to the idea of apprenticeships, and even to some who don’t have the resources to offer an opportunity in their business on a permanent basis. The distinctive feature of the Step Ahead Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) is that we act as the apprentice’s employer and we simply place them with you, as a host employer.


96% of employers report improved productivity and reduced costs


Employers also benefit by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce


Employers can mould their own talent in the way they want with apprenticeships

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an apprentice?

Our Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) could well be the right option for you.

Why Choose Step Ahead As Your Partner

Successful recruitment, be it temporary, permanent, apprenticeship or contract based – is, first and foremost, about having complete clarity of your needs and requirements as the employer. Only then can the right candidate match be found to fulfil your role and help you to achieve your objectives effectively.
  • Clarify the role criteria, skills, characteristics and attributes needed
  • Research our database of candidates using keyword matching
  • Identify possible candidates and determine the best matches
  • Discuss the top three with you
  • Equip the matched candidates for interview
  • Ensure the successful candidate is well prepared for the position

Having identified candidates matching your criteria, with the right characteristics and attitude to fit your culture, we ensure they understand your organisation, what you need from them and how to succeed in the role – so you spend less time explaining the job and more time interviewing and assessing them.

 Apprentices FAQs

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeship aren’t qualifications in themselves, they are workplace training, courses and a series of separately certified qualifications which together make up the framework.

Apprentices learn to develop both theoretical and practical skills that are designed to help your employees achieve a higher level of performance and competency. Those skills and abilities are then put to good use to help you achieve your organisational objectives.

How long do apprenticeships last?

How long an apprenticeship lasts is dependent upon the framework that’s followed as well as the individual abilities of each apprentice.

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years from beginning to end according to the level of apprenticeship undertaken, the ability of the apprentice and the type of industry or sector chosen.

To give you a rough guide, a Level 2 intermediate Apprenticeship generally takes between 12 to 18 months to complete whereas a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship will last for 24 months

Who funds the training?

The Skills Funding Agency support the delivery of training, and Apprenticeship funding is available to be accessed to support the development needs of both new and existing employees.

For 16-18 year olds the Government funds Apprenticeship training in full.

Apprenticeship training is part funded for people 19 years old or above, whereby an employer is expected to contribute as well.

What different types of apprenticeships are there?

Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training. With over 100,000 employers offering Apprenticeships in more than 160,000 locations, there are now more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available supporting over 1,200 job roles.

Step Ahead deliver two different levels of apprenticeship:

Level 2 – Intermediate Apprenticeships are designed to educate an apprentice to gain knowledge of, and competence in, an operational role within a sector or an industry. They are used to create a new apprentice role but also for the upskilling of existing employees.

Level 3 – Advanced apprenticeships are ideal for those already in management or a supervisor’s role as well as employees who wish to learn and master the necessary skills needed to attain a managerial or supervisory level. This level of apprenticeship covers learning created to aid career progression and development of managerial roles.

Who can be an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are for people who are 16 years old or above and who are not in full-time education.

Government funding is available on a prioritised basis dependent upon different criteria such as age.

We’ll be happy to discuss it with you to clarify the parameters.

How do you deliver apprentice training?

There are a number of different ways we deliver apprenticeship programmes. They can utilise focused 1:1 discussion, the practical demonstration of certain tasks, work assignments, an assessment of both the theory and practical elements of a role as well as, in some cases, online tuition and formal ‘classroom’ sessions and workshops.

What does an apprentice get paid?

All apprentices are taken on in a fully employed role so have contracts of employment. Generally speaking a salary is offered to reflect the role or job being done as well as experience, knowledge and skills of the apprentice but recognises there is a training opportunity being offered.

Legally, the minimum wage must be paid to all apprentices under the age of 19 or who are in their first year of an apprenticeship. However, we always encourage our employers to pay above the minimum wage as it attracts the best candidates and engenders more loyalty.

People who are above the age of 19 and not in the first year of their apprenticeship must be paid, at least, the National Minimum Wage.

All apprentices must be employed for a minimum of at least 30 hours per week.

Want to get started?

If you are recruiting staff, permanent or temporary, looking for apprentices or training staff contact us today.

Who We Work With

Here are just a few of the organisations who regularly trust us to help them achieve their objectives through great people.

Some of the Accreditations We Hold

Here are just a few of the accreditations and partnerships we’re pleased to be part of.


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