The Platinum level award, which is based upon a rigorous accreditation and audit process, is the highest STEP standard available and recognises excellence in learning and development practice.
Hawksford provided evidence of the company's approach to supporting the development of employees' professional knowledge and expertise, and also demonstrated how the company itself benefits from a strong learning culture. The application was then supported by interviews with two staff members: a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and a STEP student.
Hawksford's Head of Learning and Development Marisa Ballantyne said: 'Achieving platinum partner status is an external validation of Hawksford's continuous investment in people. We are committed to providing support, encouragement and advice to help employees achieve their full potential. We were commended for a "truly outstanding application", and staff will reap the benefits of the extra professional tools that are now available to us as a platinum partner.
'Hawksford's holistic and systematic approach to learning and development means that we provide a variety of work and non-work related activities to support career progression across the entire organisation. Through continued learning and development, our highly qualified workforce is able to offer creative and pragmatic solutions for the long term benefit of our clients.'
Jenni Hutchinson, STEP's Head of Employer Partnerships, added: 'Hawskford's application for Platinum Employer Partner status demonstrated not only an excellent range of support mechanisms for encouraging the development of STEP students and members, but also a truly outstanding learning culture embedded throughout the organisation and led from the top down. Staff benefit from exposure to both work and non-work related activities that allow them to build a huge range of skills and foster positive relationships with their colleagues across the whole organisation. Many congratulations on this very well-deserved accreditation.'