Stephanie Chant

After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Psychology, I began working for Thomson Reuters.

I learned quickly and within 6 months became responsible for coordinating the global business graduate scheme, delivering training workshops across Europe, the US and Asia. After a brief stint working for a law firm I joined Nomura, an international investment bank, where I was leading the team responsible for the corporate graduate recruitment and development function. It was in this role that I launched Nomura’s first formal Apprenticeship scheme, growing and refining our early careers opportunities over time to reflect the changing approach apprenticeships with the introduction of the Levy.

More recently, after taking on an advisory role for Fidelity, I moved in to a permanent role at ENGIE, where I am now responsible for the UK’s early careers schemes, managing the graduate leadership scheme and overseeing the company’s strategy for our 350+ apprentices across the business.

For me, I do what I do because I find it greatly rewarding knowing that I have been able to help someone grow and develop during a hugely significant time in their life, in being able to see potential in a young person with very little experience, and being able to help them become a young professional in their chosen field. I am incredibly passionate about apprenticeships, and actively promote them as genuine alternatives to university. In my personal life, I have recently decided to start training as a counsellor, recently completing my Level 2 Counselling Skills qualification and progressing on to the Level 3 course.