Business partners

Steps to Work provides an incredible opportunity for young people in Liverpool with learning difficulties or other barriers to employment to develop and achieve their goals, and an incredible opportunity for you.

Each of our trainees will receive two days in a work placement either at the Strawberry Field site, other Salvation Army centres, or out in businesses in the wider Liverpool and Merseyside areas. Through these work placements, and mentoring from experts, each trainee will be more equipped to go out into the world of work.

The Steps to Work team utilises a holistic person centred approach to our work with the trainees. Additionally we provide support to the employers through the placement journey to ensure that providing a placement to our trainees will enrich the workforce in terms of supporting someone with a learning difficulty.

By offering a work placement to trainees on the programme it will help break down the barriers faced by young people with learning difficulties so they can find meaningful work once they graduate. By partnering with us, you will provide a young person with the opportunity to gain necessary work experience and change their lives. We have already teamed up with businesses with close connections to John Lennon and the Beatles such as Cavern ClubHard Day’s Night Hotel, and The Beatles Story offering an incredible opportunity for trainees to work with organisations linked to music and Liverpool history. 

Special thanks to the below organisations who have partnered with us or provided a placement so far:

Amethyst House and Crown Hub

Anfield Sports and Community Centre

Bold Management

Cats Protection

Childwall Valley Nursery

Childwall Valley SA Corps

Company Matters 4 U

The Conservation Volunteers

Ellergreen Nursery


The Everyman and Playhouse Theatres

FACT and Picture house

Faye’s Doggie Boutique

Food For Thought LTD

The Green House Project

Hope Street Theatre

Imagine That

Kids Planet Greenbank Nursery

Liverpool Museums – The World Museum & The Maritime Museum

Northwest Ambulance Service

Phoenix Primary School


Sedgemoor Day-care Centre

St Ambrose Primary School

St Cleopas C of E Primary School

St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School

Stockton Wood Primary School

Training Station 2

The Unity Theatre


Do get in touch with us if you are interested in providing a work placement or receiving more information.


"The support network is great for the trainees, providing them opportunities to get into a work programme and out developing confidence." - Childwall Valley Nursery

"Providing a work placement has been an absolute privilege. The STW team have provided great support and clarity throughout. Over the last 12 weeks, Nichole has become a real asset to our team and will be hugely missed by both the team and the Parent’s and Tots." - Childwall Valley SA Corps

"It is good that the students have regular visits and support from their work coach." - Ellergreen Nursery

"The Steps to Work Team are completely customer focused and rightly so put the needs of the trainee first." – The Green House Project

"Thoroughly friendly, professional, and generous people." - Hope Street Theatre

"The STW Team are great at “Supporting the learning of the trainees, dealing with any issues and putting things in place quickly." - Kids Planet Greenbank Nursery

"I think the STW team are doing a tremendous job! It feels great to know that our school has helped a young adult with learning difficulties to begin to realise her ambition of becoming a Learning Support Assistant. We have enabled her to experience not only work skills but also the personal skills she will need in order to succeed in life and employment!" – Phoenix Primary School

"I found this a positive pilot scheme and look forward to future collaboration work with strawberry fields" – Sedgemoor Day-care Centre

"Really enjoyed the placement, they care about their clients." - The Conservation Volunteers

"It is truly remarkable to see the dedication that the STW team put into assisting their participants in gaining work experience. Their commitment is commendable. Thank you for being incredibly welcoming and approachable. This was a lovely experience and very rewarding for me as the volunteer coordinator." - The Unity Theatre


“I truly believe this is a wonderful and important project.”

Peter Hooton, Chair of the Beatles Legacy Group