Seeing the value in Apprenticeships
Marie Broad, Head of CSR, SThree
City Gateway Award Winner: Line Manager of the Year 2016
Marie Broad has been with SThree for five years, heading up SThree’s impactful CSR initiatives and partnerships with the vision to ‘Transform Lives through Skills and Work’. Since 2013 she has spearheaded the SThree partnership with City Gateway and changed young people’s career prospects by providing them with the opportunity to start an apprenticeship.
What was your apprenticeship breakthrough?
Our strapline for CSR is “Transforming lives through skills and work”. As a recruitment company, we want to utilise our skills and networks to create opportunities for people.
What better way than through apprenticeships to help young people start their careers? It makes perfect sense for what we do as a business.
I’ve seen young people progress and grow through apprenticeships. We had one young man who after his apprenticeship decided he wanted to go to university. He was the first in his family and I’m proud we could help him embark on that journey.
What is different about managing apprentices?
We support apprentices through a thorough induction to SThree to reinforce, for example, the importance of dress code and time-keeping. This is something which might not be necessary when you take on people who have already started their career. As a Line Manager it’s very satisfying to be able to talent spot someone, help them transform and kick off their career. When you get someone involved in coaching a young person you can see the morale and motivation of the whole team grow before your eyes.
How do others in SThree support apprenticeships?
It’s so important to have senior leaders supporting the cause to move things forward and to continue to make a difference.
Gary Elden, our Chief Executive, is passionate about creating opportunities. He hosts an annual celebration lunch with our apprentices and alumni now employed at SThree.
What would you say to an organisation thinking of taking on apprentices?
We want to create a fairer society. It’s the responsibility of companies to play their part. But also, there is so much that companies get from apprenticeships in terms of talent and fresh perspectives.