Our Impact


Feel More Confident In Achieving Financial, Social & Environmental Impact

People Have Accessed Our Employment Support Services

Startups & Social Enterprises Successfully Supported


Fuel Poverty Reduction (Afro-Caribbean Community)


Dear Beltus,

‘’Herewith this email to let you know that I have had a part time job with Glasgow Life started on 01 December 2016. I am actually base at Scotland Street School Museum.

I take this opportunity to say thanks for all your supports and the Staff at Next Step Initiative

Kind Regards’’

Fidele Zeufack Nguetsa , Former Next Step Initiative’s Museum Trainee.

''Prime Global Example of Diaspora Entrepreneurism''  

Fiorina Mugione, Chief Entrepreneurship Section, United Nations Conference for Trade and Development Geneva

Interview with Mr Humza Yousaf, Minister Scottish Government

‘’ Thanks to the support, training of NSI, I am now a board member since 2014 of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and a director with Wheatley Group Foundation’’ 

Jean Albert Niectcho

‘’It’s one of the best – and most interesting – projects to be involved in, it provides an opportunity to learn and to build transferable skills. It makes integration easy and it’s an opportunity to understand other cultures and to talk about yours, it helps to break barriers, build a sense of belonging, and be more open to others without feeling lost while one maintains one’s own identity. Very Grateful indeed to Next Step Initiative and all the staff’’ 

Adebimpe Former trainee now with AXA PP Healthcare

“I am so pleased I grabbed this opportunity with both hands. It represented an excellent chance to develop my skills and get some solid work experience on a new career path. I’m really enjoying my time so far, every day is new learning experience and it’s really exciting. Thanks to Next Step Initiative for creating this opportunity for the African Communities in Scotland."

Sali Dirar, Open Museum trainee based at Glasgow Museum Resource Centre

“Glasgow Museums is pleased to be part of this pioneering initiative with Next Step Initiative. Our aim is to inspire Glasgow citizens and visitors to lead richer lives through culture and learning and this project brings these together beautifully. In addition to allowing the trainees to strengthen their experience and qualifications, their story is sure to motivate others in their community to become involved in museums.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life

“Since 2009, Next Step Initiative has been creating links with African communities and providing the tools, training and experience to encourage and empower African communities and individuals to fulfill their potential in the workplace.

“The Inclusive Museum Project not only shows African communities that the museum sector is a route to employability, but also as an educational resource for African families to engage with. Additionally, it also changes perceptions of Africans in the workplace from the employer’s point of view, and the integration and enthusiasm of the trainees demonstrates how Africans can be a vital resource to an organisation. We are pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund, Glasgow Life, National Trust for Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland saw the potential and supported us in bringing this project online.”

Beltus Etchu, CEO of Next Step Initiative

Interview with Deputy Lord Provost of Edinburgh

Recruitment Best Practices Model:

‘’Next Step Initiative’s Inclusive Museum Heritage Project has been recognised as a Recruitment Best Practices Model by an external evaluation Report September 2016 by BOP Consulting titled ‘’Character Matters: Attitudes, behaviours and skills in the UK Museum Workforce ‘’ commissioned by Arts Council England, Museum Galleries Scotland, Museums Association, Association of Independent Museums’’.

Arts Council England, Museum Gallaries Scotland, Museums Association & Association of Independent Museums

African Women Empowerment Scotland; a community social enterprise to support African women

‘’ We are very thankful for Next Step Initiative for helping us to step up our social enterprise;African Women Empowerment Scotland, for developing our business plan, developing our skills to manage the organization and for securing over £12000 from both Big Lottery and Foundation Scotland. This has been key in supporting us in developing our members skills, our social enterprise while empowering and providing hope for the African women across Glasgow’’ 

Board & Trustees African Women Empowerment Scotland

Dear Beltus

‘’ I want to say big big thank you to all staff at Next Step Initiative and for given me the opportunity. As a young person from the African community in Glasgow, this is my first proper job I have had. I have developed immensely as a result of the in-house training given to me by Dr Rosemary, my supervisor, in understanding my role as admin assistant , in supporting other colleagues as a team player and the organization in delivering services. This has boosted my confidence and aspiration and now am in the University studying for my degree in business and IT. Keep up the good work.

Vallia Agbokuma

Dear Beltus,

‘’ Thanks to you and Next Step Initiative for helping me to set of my Restaurant Business, and all the necessary requirement, such as the support toward passing my food and hygiene certificate, the alcohol and licensing training and for supporting me in identifying and securing a business premises at the City Centre of Glasgow’’ 


Engaging The Private Sector: Interview with Mr Ian Macleod; Managing Partner Scotland Odgers Berndtson

Interview with Deputy Chief Constable Police Scotland ; Mr Iain Livingston

‘’Gaining confidence to use my voice enabled me to join the African Housing Forum and to know my African Voice is being heard. Thanks to this Forum and Next Step Initiative, I am now secure a full time job as an Engineer with the Land and Environmental Services Glasgow’’