First Steps Ltd. was founded in 2000 by two engineering geologists, Drs Michael de Freitas and Christine Butenuth. It provides a knowledge-based service for those requiring further training through face to face courses and interactive webinars. Teaching ranges from that suitable for apprentices and technical staff to professionals, and many of these courses are at postgraduate level. Regardless of level all courses will assist those who take them with their professional career and help them obtain the professional position they seek. The programme of courses supports the geotechnical and environmental industry with its skills supply lines. First Steps is also engaged in consulting, public engagement, research and publishing.