Training & Benefits

As a valuable additional benefit of registering with Step Ahead, you will qualify for free application training and a workplace pension scheme.

The training is computer based and is conducted at our premises. Training can be tailored to suit individual requirements so you can come along and learn, for example, Excel from scratch, upgrade your skills to a newer version of software you already know, or you can simply take training on a specific function of an application, such as the Mail Merge function in Word. It’s up to you.

Just contact a member of our team to discuss the courses available or to book yourself in – and remember, it’s free!

Free Training

Training is computer based and is conducted at our Farringdon premises so you can come along and learn. Training sessions can be tailored to suit your individual requirements so you can learn Excel from scratch, upgrade your computer skills, learn a newer version of software you already know, or you can simply take training on a specific function of an application, such as the Mail Merge function in Word. It’s up to you.

Just contact a member of our team to discuss the courses available or to book yourself in – and remember, it’s free!

What other benefits am I entitled to?

Guaranteed Minimum Hours

As a flexible employee, we guarantee that we will provide you with the opportunity to fulfil the equivalent of at least 1 day’s work per week in any continuous 12 month period of employment. That’s just the minimum!

Enhanced Annual Leave

Once you complete 2 year’s continuous service as our flexible employee, you will benefit from additional paid annual leave entitlement for each additional completed year.

Read more about Holiday Absence and Holiday Pay ››

Statutory Benefits

As a flexible employee you will be also be entitled statutory benefits including:-

Statutory notice

1 additional week for each completed year of service up to a maximum of 12 weeks’ notice for 12 complete years of service.

Family Leave

Including maternity, paternity and other leave granted under family-friendly employment legislation for which you fulfil the eligibility requirements.

Read more about Maternity and Paternity Pay and Leave ››

Workplace Pensions: Automatic Enrolment

To help people save more for their retirement, employers must now automatically enrol certain employees into a pension scheme which must meet Government standards, called a ‘qualifying scheme’. We’ve chosen NOW: Pensions Trust as our workplace pension scheme to meet our employer duties and help you put money aside for your retirement. You can find out more about the key features of the NOW scheme at https://www.nowpensions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/NOW-Pensions-key-features.pdf

It is a statutory requirement that we automatically enrol an employee if, at any time during their employment, they meet certain eligibility criteria (Eligible Job Holders). We must automatically enrol you and deduct pension contributions from your wages if you:

  • earn over £10000 a year (£833 a month);
  • are age 22 or over but are under State Pension Age;
  • are not already a member of a qualifying workplace pension scheme.

If you are automatically enrolled, NOW will write to tell you about this. If you do not meet the criteria for automatic enrolment, you may still be eligible to join the scheme (Non-Eligible Job Holders and Entitled Workers). NOW will write to you and tell you what your status is and how you may join if you wish.

If you are not eligible for automatic enrolment, you may still opt in to the scheme.  For more information regarding NOW Pensions, please visit the Downloads – Useful Forms and Documents.  In addition to the pension-specific leaflets, you’ll find more information in our Employee Handbook which is also available there.

Please contact a member of our team about the training and benefits available.

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