College named as one of the Best Companies to Work for

5th March 2010 2:19pm - Return to press releases

web-Barbara Collinson official headshot.jpgStaff at East Riding College have helped it scoop a coveted Best Companies to Work For award in the 2010 awards list. The results are based on a survey sent to all staff which asks questions on subjects such as leadership, employee well-being, relationship with their manager and their thoughts about the organisation.

Barbara  Collinson (pictured), the College's director of human resources,  said: "Earning Best Companies To Work In the Public Sector status is a tremendous achievement for East Riding College and I would like to thank all the members of staff who helped us achieve this award.
"Employee well-being and their professional development are very high priorities for us and we work hard to ensure staff feel supported and encouraged in their role.
"The culture of the College is very positive and we have a range of initiatives which aim to recognise excellent work and promote staff development."

College Principal Derek Branton said: "Achieving this recognition is a symbol of the dedication and loyalty that our 500 staff have shown to the College and our students. "Our investment in the professional development of staff has paid many dividends, particularly in high teaching standards and students' achievements.
"Becoming recognised as one of the best places to work in the public sector is the icing on the cake for advances made by the College in recent years."

Jonathan Austin, chief executive and founder of Best Companies, said: "We would like to congratulate East Riding College on their outstanding achievement. An engaged workforce is essential as organisations move out of the recession and into a more stable economic situation.
"No doubt many organisations have tackled redundancies and rapid change this year. But organisations like East Riding College that have kept on engaging their staff and making sure they are involved in the business will be in a good position for the future and should be congratulated for their efforts."

Best Companies established the accreditation award scheme to acknowledge excellence in the workplace. Based on staff feedback, it looks at employee "engagement" as an integral part of an organisation's success and growth, and sets a benchmark for other employers.
Accredited organisations can achieve "one to watch" status or gain one, two or three stars, the latter being the highest award.
The Best Companies Index score is designed to measure employee engagement by analysing 70 questions across the following eight factors: leadership, well-being, my manager, my team, my company, personal growth, giving something back and fair deal. For more information on working for East Riding College, visit


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