Stanford Marsh Case Study

Programme Description

Worcester City Council is funding a scheme to support small and medium sized businesses to recruit graduates.  The programme is being delivered by the University of Wolverhampton. The programme has enabled more companies in Worcester City to recruit, train and retain highly skilled graduates.


Businesses are assisted with the recruitment process, from writing the job description through to shortlisting and interviewing techniques.  Businesses have also had the opportunity to talk to the team about the benefits of employing a graduate and the higher level skills they can bring to a role.

The University of Wolverhampton assist throughout the recruitment process.  To support the writing of a suitable job description the client’s requirements nee d to be fully understood and clear, this is usually determined in a planning meeting.  The University team are able to assist with shortlisting and are also happy to be on interview panel’s to support the final appointment decision.

All vacancies are advertised on appropriate national graduate websites ensuring businesses will be able to reach the best graduate talent for their role.  After an initial 12 week trial period employers are eligible for a grant of up to £1000 towards the costs of job specific training for the graduate employee as they continue to work at the company.

Client: Stanford Marsh

The UK's independent market leader in providing for design technology needs with turnover approaching £15 million and with five prime UK locations, Stanford Marsh are well placed to meet all the demands of a busy drawing office.  The Stanford Marsh Group was established in 1965, to provide wide format printing equipment, computer aided design software and large format consumables to anyone with a design requirement or wide format output need.  Now celebrating their 50th year Stanford Marsh have gone from strength to strength and working closely with the University of Wolverhampton to recruit recent graduates into a variety of roles has only added further skills and knowledge to the team.

“For the 3d Print Support role we were supported with recruitment by the Employer Liaison Team at the University of Wolverhampton, we had a strong number of applications and agreed together who we would interview.  A member of the University team sat on our panel for the interviews to support our decision and we selected a high calibre candidate for our role 3D Print Sales Support.  We would use the programme again to fill future roles and can see the benefits a graduate has brought to our company in terms of skills and knowledge.  The graduate is currently on a twelve week trial through the scheme which has enabled us time to ensure we have made the correct appointment for the role and the company.  We have recruited further graduates as the skill level will increase capacity of the company”

Adrian Painter, Director