The STEPS Programme 

The Steps programme is a 6 week programme, that offers practical courses designed to provide skills to progress into employment, apprenticeships or further training. Courses are individualised and bespoke to meet individual needs; all learners will also be assigned a personal mentor to support throughout the programme and chosen progression route. 

Alongside gaining employability skills, students will also be able to complete bespoke qualifications tailored to their career aspirations. 

Step 1

1:1 guidance session to receive careers guidance and advice. An individual learning plan will then form the basis of a programme bespoke to individual needs. 

Step 2

6-8 week programme which will include being assigned a personal Progression Mentor. Each person will attend small group sessions and 1:1 tutorials. Each person will also get the opportunity to attend other sector specific industrial based qualifications and possibly gain some work experience.

Step 3

Once the 6-8 week programme is complete, continued 1:1 appointments to support with progression into education, employment or training will take place.


  • Travel expenses (bus, train and car mileage) 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)- If required for the course
  • DBS checks
  • Interview clothing
  • Stationery pack
  • Access to the College gym
  • Access to Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

Progression Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Receive specialist support from the team to apply for jobs in the region.


Northern Skills Group has a range of apprenticeship vacancies available and the team can offer support with applications and interview preparation.

Further training

Middlesbrough College has a range of full and part-time courses available for students to apply for across all sector areas. 

Industry Specific Qualifications

  • English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Catering and Hospitality Skills Including Food Hygiene
  • CSCS and CCNG Site Safety Passport
  • Security- SIA Licence
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Childcare Skills Including Paediatric First Aid
  • Health and Safety at Work Including IOSH
  • Customer Service and Retail Skills
  • Digital Skills for Employment and IT
  • Business Admin Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Sports- Including Introduction to Coaching and Gym Instructing
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Introduction to Volunteering
  • Outward Bound Activities

Fresh Start Guidance Event 

Have you found yourself out of employment or education? We understand that sometimes things don't work out at college or in an apprenticeship. 

 There is no need to wait until next September to apply to a course, we can help you now! We are offering a range of full-time vocational courses to help you back into education.

Get free, impartial advice and options for a new beginning at our Fresh Start Guidance Event, Wednesday 16th January, 11am-3pm.

Sign up here!