About First Step Trust (FST)

First Step Trust is a charity with over 25 years experience in providing real work experience, on the job training and salaried employment for people excluded from working life because of mental health conditions, learning disabilities, drug and alcohol and other disadvantages.

Motor Mechanics

SMaRT garage services provides on the job training within the garage environment. Workforce get the opportunity to work on customer vehicles and learn the basics of motor mechanics. Other opportunities with SMaRT include parts order and garage reception.


First Step Trust's finance department offers real work experience and on the job training processing income and expenditures using Sage accounting software. Finance also offers the following qualifications OCR Bookkeeping and Accounting in both manual & computerised


Abbevilles restaurant & catering has work placements in food preparation and front of house. Abbevilles also offer a qualification in Level 2 food safety.

Admin, Marketing & Promotions

FST offers work placements within the office environment workforce get the opportunity to learn basic admin skills as well as marketing and promotions for FST's social enterprises. FST offers a range of in house training courses and a qualification in OCR ICT.

Meet Our Senior Management Team