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Steps Ahead is a free national one to one mentoring programme for jobseekers aged 18-30 and parents or carers of any age who are looking to return to work. Our mentors come from 25+ sectors and are here to help with practical advice on everything from polishing your CV to building up confidence ahead of an interview. It’s quick to sign up and you can get started in two weeks or less.

Join today and take the first steps towards the job you want.

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Free webinar: 21 June 2023

How to excel in your
new job

Did you know that the first 90 days of a job are crucial for making a positive impact on your employers? Join us on 21 June for a free webinar where we'll show you how to excel in your new job and make the first 90 days count. 

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Jobseekers' webinar

Seven seconds
to shine

Learn how to stand out and grab employers' attention when you're applying for a new job. 

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"My first meeting was really nerve-wracking for me. I thought, 'Oh what's my mentor going to think?' But I turned up and she was so great. She was so welcoming and completely put me at ease. We just talked about what I wanted out of the mentoring scheme and what kind of path I wanted to take."

Alice - Young jobseeker, Liskeard, Cornwall

"Speaking to a professional who recognised my ability, skills and potential, gave me a lot of confidence. Also having professional guidance and mentoring on how to answer key questions in interviews was very useful. The mentoring sessions have allowed me to reconnect with the person I was befoe my career break. I feel much more confident and aware of my capabilities from the mentoring I recieved.

Shabana - Parent returner, Manchester

"I thought my CV was good to begin with but Katrina [my mentor] made me see things I hadn't even considered. it was a great help to analyse how he language I had used would be portrayed. Katrina would take me through mock interviews and ask difficult questions so I was well prepared and confident in my answers when it came to interviews and assessment centres. I have no doubt that Katrina's mentoring was a massive contributor to securing a great job I wanted.

Stuart - Young jobseeker, Musselburgh, Scotland

"My mentor greatly helped me and tailored all my sessions to what was the most beneficial for me. In between the sessions she was available to contact over email for any questions that I had. It was useful that my mentor worked in HR. She helped me to break down the job description and what key points to pull out and include in my application and cover letter.

Keisha - Young jobseeker, East London

"Having someone to check-in with every week helped me stay accountable for my progress and set goals. Doing even the smallest things, whether it was tweaking my CV or exploring all career options and then being able to discuss it, was really effective.


"I didn't know what an employer expected. I'd listed skills, but Samantha explained that I needed to show what I'd learnt from my experience and that's what I had to get across. My CV was really improved by working with my mentor.