“You will have a better chance of success and enjoying what you do with access to training, opportunities and practicing industry professionals right for you. Sprinkle on top some passion, enthusiasm, hard work, a willingness to learn and above all, responsibility for oneself and just see what you can achieve”. Dan Howson, sevens7 and Stepladder Worldwide.
Stepladder Worldwide is a young persons version of parent company sevens7. Any young person employed by sevens7 under the age of 24 are given the opportunity to produce their own events with an aim to benefit other young people.
The creative industries are incredibly competitive to get into and the industry often won’t open its doors to young people. We decided to change that, we created an initiative designed to encourage the industry to open its doors to ALL young people. Stepladder Worldwide are also members of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and house Key Skills Ambassador for Live Events, Dan Howson, sevens7. Stepladder Worldwide was created by sevens7 Ltd as their Youth Employment and Development Programme for 2012 and beyond.
Since 2008 our website has advertised advice and previously unobtainable opportunities including work with MTV, Ibiza Rocks, The Brits and Festival Republic. We have also spent time giving advice to youths at colleges and charities, helping young people to develop their CVs and giving advice on developing their core skills.
In February 2012, Stepladder Worldwide won ‘Innovation of the Year’ and Ben Collins, our first Project Manager walked away with ‘Employee of the Year’ at the Event Production Awards and in February 2013, Charlotte Franks, our second Project Manager gained Stepladder ‘Best Cause Related/Charity Event’ at the UK Event Awards 2012 and was nominated for ‘Employee of the Year’ at the Event Production Awards.
Both Project Managers came on board to run Stepladder with very little experience. Ben Collins, fresh out of school joined us in October 2010 to run Stepladder Worldwide and gained experience with the likes of The Brit Awards, Download Festival and Glastonbury. Ben then went on to land his dream job with the 2012 London Olympics Committee. Charlotte Franks, who joined in 2012 gained experience with the likes of The UK Festival Awards 2012, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, MTV EMA’s, St George’s Day Family Festival on Trafalgar Square, The Cube by Electrolux and Camp Cleanevent for the London Olympics 2012. Charlotte recently moved on to a job in marketing in Mayfair, London.
So far we’ve had coverage on event industry news, Access All Areas, Stand Out, The Main Event, Metro, Live Magazine, The Angel Resident, Eventia, Live UK and Prestige Events.
Moving forward new Project Manager, Lucy Watson plans to take Stepladder further into the creative realms, opening doors to not only the Events industry but also Music, Theatre, Television, Fashion, Creative and Digital. Aiming to place more young people into placements this year, Lucy has also already launched a new networking showcase once a month called STEP OUT! which invites young people and big names in the industry down to an evening of entertainment, food and mingling!