South Gloucestershire Council is the first local authority in the South West, and one of only a handful in the country, to be awarded the Investors in People gold standard.
The council picked up the prestigious accolade – the highest level possible – for how it is continually improving as an organisation and the way it develops its staff, leading to better services for the public.
The report stated: “South Gloucestershire Council is without any doubt an outstanding organisation that clearly meets the requirements of the core Investors in People standard in full and goes well beyond into the extended framework.”
Assessors praised the amount of training and development opportunities on offer at the council, the excellent communication between senior management and staff, and the flexible working arrangements, amongst other highlights.
“As would be expected of a four-star council and an organisation that is being recommended for gold, there are many strong areas of practice…,” the report added.
Allan Higgs, executive member for corporate affairs, said: “Only a handful of authorities in the country have attained the gold standard so I am very pleased with this achievement. We will continue to support the excellent staff we have here, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their ongoing hard work and dedication.”
David Perry, deputy chief executive, said: “The council is very committed to continually improving as an organisation and further developing its staff, and this has been recognised by Investors in People.”
Investors in People aims to increase the productivity of the UK economy by helping to improve the way in which organisations manage and develop their staff, leading to business improvement or better public services.
Source: South Gloucestershire Council