Steps to Work Join IEP as Corporate Affiliate Partners
By James Walsh FIEP, CEO, Steps to Work
STW are thrilled to become a corporate affiliate partner of the IEP as we believe the power to change comes from collaboration. The IEP have shown they can influence and bring about change in our sector and we are keen to help this continue.
We have joined the IEP to ensure that our collective voice is stronger and can be used to create true social change. In joining forces with like minded partners we will ensure that the employability sector is committed to investing in skills, retaining valuable people and attracting new talent into enabling them to secure a meaningful professional career.
At Steps to Work our corporate DNA means we are committed to working in partnership to help build capacity and sustainable communities. Our recent Building Better Opportunities contracts “BRIDGES” and “Evolve” have seen us bring together over 45 partners who provide essential levels of support to the most vulnerable people in the community. We are proud to say that this will be continued through our partnership with Shaw Trust in delivering the Work and Health Programme in Sandwell and Dudley.
We believe that recruiting people with a passion for helping others and developing their skills is the key to delivering effective and authentic services. This is demonstrated in our Leaders in Diversity, Investors in People Gold accreditation and our Disability Confident Employer status.
We are proud to say that 13 % of our workforce has been recruited via our own programmes which underpins our Leaders in Diversity accreditation and will help us to become Disability Confident Leaders in 2018.
Our Charitable status means we are focussed on reinvesting any profits back into the communities in which we work. We are unique in the fact that our recruitment company Starting Point Recruitment gifts 95 % of its profits back to the charity to create projects which enable social impact.
Our social Impact measurement shows that for every £1 invested into the charity we create on average £7 of social impact.
We are now supporting commercial businesses to develop and measure their corporate social responsibility activity in terms of social impact. This is done in partnership with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and is published in their Social Impact Guide which can help others measure the true impact of their work.
In 2018 Steps to Work will embark on our “My time” volunteering programme in which all colleagues will be encouraged to volunteer for a day in their chosen community.
We will ensure that our colleagues use this time to effectively help more businesses flourish. For example the finance team will help local businesses calculate year end accounts or the HR team will offer free employment support and share policies to smaller employers and partners.
As a CEO I see the IEP as a key component of the work Steps to Work undertakes. We will ensure our relationship shapes the future skills of the employability sector which in turn will help us to support local business in recruiting and retaining a local workforce it can be proud of.