First Names is awarded highest accreditation from STEP’s Employer Partnership Programme

25 October 2017

We are proud to have been awarded STEP Platinum Employer Partner accreditation, the highest of three accreditation levels awarded under STEP's Employer Partnership Programme.

Achieving the platinum accreditation is testament to the strength of learning and development curriculum, policies, practices and structures that we have in place in support of our people-centric culture.

To achieve platinum accreditation an organisation must show that learning and development is championed throughout the business, as well as being able to clearly demonstrate a positive work and learning environment.

STEP was particularly impressed with our career development programme, Ascent 2020, which was launched Group-wide earlier this year.  This uniquely tailored programme, which is open to all First Names, provides everyone with the chance to develop skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime whether our goals are to be the next CEO or simply be the very best we can in our current roles.

Helen Baxter, our Head of Talent, commented:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have received this prestigious STEP accreditation. Our new training and development initiative - is already having a positive influence on the business, validating the quality of the learning opportunities and support that we offer our First Names, which enable us all to be the best we can be.”

Jenni Hutchinson, Head of Employer Partnerships at STEP said:

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work closely with First Names Group over the past two years and to witness their dedication to the continual improvement of the learning and development opportunities that they offer to staff across the company.  The Ascent 2020 programme in particular is an excellent initiative and we look forward to hearing how it develops.  I would like to congratulate all involved on this very well-deserved accreditation; we look forward to a continued close and mutually beneficial working relationship.”