Step Up Wakefield

In work skills support

In work skills support

STEP UP, Wakefield Council’s Employment & Skills programme, is committed to helping our residents and businesses become more competitive by developing their skills.

We will support employees to gain new skills leading to improved employment prospects. This could include moving from minimum wage to the living wage, increased hours or job progression or even promotion within the organisation.

How can this benefit your company?

  • Increased profitability and productivity
  • Trained and motivated employees with a clear progression route
  • Customised training courses to fit your business needs
  • Increased employee morale and aspiration

How will employed individuals benefit?

  • Achieve new skills and qualifications
  • Help to maximise their rate of pay
  • Help to maximise their prospect of promotion
  • Help with career change

Who can take part?

  • Any Wakefield based business
  • An employed resident in the Wakefield District council area

Contact us on 01924 303334 or email


Meet the team


Meet Nathan, one of our fantastic Client Support Officers for Step Up’s Skill Up programme – he specialises in helping people progress in work, gain new qualifications or with a complete career change!


Nathan Garbutt-Moore

Originally from Pontefract I’ve worked in careers guidance for over 7 years. I first worked in welfare to work on a Department for Work and Pensions contract, before moving to skills on programmes such as the Adult Education Budget (AEB), Skills Support for Redundancy and the Apprenticeship Hub. Most recently before joining Wakefield Council I worked for a college leading the Careers and Pastoral programme. I’m looking forward to working with participants to achieve goals and aspirations.

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Matthew Thomas

A University of York graduate, I was most recently employed by Wakefield Council on the successful Works Better welfare to work programme, in partnership with Ground Works. I previously taught IT skills and offered information, advice and guidance within Wakefield Libraries. I was also a qualified Advisor for Arts Award, in partnership with Trinity College, London and Arts Council England, providing support to people gaining further education qualifications from Entry 3 up to Level 3.

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Bobby Shori

I am a level 6 careers adviser with over 12 years of experience working with a wide range of clients. I have worked with young offenders to supporting jobseekers on a Department of Work Pensions Contract, to helping young people achieve their career goals on a Princes Trust course. I have worked for several colleges in the Yorkshire region and more recently before joining Wakefield Council I worked for Wakefield College as a Careers Adviser.

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