The college is one of only a handful of universities and colleges to achieve the sought after recognition. Nationally, there are only five colleges and universities to achieve gold recognition. Only 1.5% of UK businesses with IiP have achieved the coveted Gold Standard award.
Acting Chief Executive and Principal, Bill Meredith, said: “We are thrilled to receive this accolade for a third time – it really is testament to the tremendous amount of hard work by the staff at the college. I cannot stress enough how important our workforce is, and how vital they are in the delivery of the outstanding provision we provide to young people.”
He added; “This achievement is a ringing endorsement of the dedication and commitment of the whole staff team and I can’t thank them enough for their continued efforts.”
IiP is the national award that sets a level of good practice for training and development of staff to meet organisational priorities. Gold represents achievement of world-class best practice by a truly cutting-edge organisation, operating at the very highest levels of people management practice. Retaining the Standard is one of the key objectives of the college’s corporate strategy.
The IiP assessment, which was carried out in January, reviewed the college based on 130 different criterion. To achieve Gold status, the college had to meet, or exceed, more than 80 per cent of the criteria. The assessment praised the college for having a ‘clear vision and purpose that is well communicated’.
The college was also commended on its relationship with the community and how the college values are embedded throughout the organisation at all levels.