A worthwhile investment

Employer support is an incredibly important factor in student success, and it is a win for everyone, with the knowledge gained benefiting the employee, the organisation and its clients. The value is evident in this year’s winner line-up: 11 of this year’s winners work for Employer Partners accredited for their learning and development provision on STEP’s Employer Partnership Programme – Accuro, Blackadders LLP, Brodies LLP, Burness Paull LLP, Imperium Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd, MNP LLP, Ocorian Corporate Services, RBC, RSM UK, and Wright Johnston & Mackenzie LLP.


Why join?

Accreditation as a STEP Employer Partner is a mark of quality for trusts and estates businesses globally, signalling your commitment to developing the skills and talents of your people. We now have over 100 Employer Partners across 505 accredited offices worldwide.

Joining is free and will:

  • Support staff recruitment, retention and motivation.

  • Raise your profile as a quality employer within the trusts and estates sector.

  • Ensure your people always have the necessary skills and knowledge to meet your clients’ needs.

Working with employers

STEP’s Employer Partnership Programme was established in 2014 to enable us to work closely with employers to support the professional development of our members and build on the credibility of the STEP brand by:

Providing a comprehensive and structured support programme with access to a wide range of online resources and personal support
Promoting industry-wide recognition of the STEP accreditation, thus helping accredited partners to demonstrate their credentials as quality employers
Enabling accredited partners to network and share good practice with like-minded employers

How the EPP works

The Employer Partnership Programme (EPP) has been designed to help employers maximise the learning of their STEP members and is offered across three accreditation levels: Employer Partner, Gold Employer Partner and Platinum Employer Partner. Once an employer has demonstrated that it meets one of the three levels, the organisation’s learning and development programme is endorsed with an appropriate EPP logo. This signals to stakeholders, prospective employees and the general business community that it values professional development and substantiates this with resources and a supportive organisational learning culture.

Find out more about the STEP Employer Partnership Programme here


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