Staff at Cambridge Regional College have been praised after being officially rated as gold standard.
Cambridge Regional College has earned a Gold Award from Investors in People for high quality staff development and leadership.
The College, which has two campuses, in Cambridge and Huntingdon, says the Gold Award is testament to a team approach where the workforce is valued and encouraged to thrive.
Principal Mark Robertson said: “This prestigious accolade pays tribute to the entire college team.
“Our staff are the heart of everything we do and the approach to managing and developing our people was an essential component for us in successfully bringing together these two workforces under one shared vision with a common ethos and culture; in order to create a great place for students and a great place to work.
“The Gold Investors in People Award represents the achievement of world-class best practice, something that has only been achievable through the dedication and commitment of our CRC team.”
Cambridge Regional College was visited by assessors from Investors in People, the leading authority in business performance, who looked at people management at both sites. The recognition comes following the merger of the colleges in Cambridge and Huntingdon in 2017 and the implementation of a new strategy, which places the experience of staff, students and employers as central pillars for success.
This internationally recognised award is given to high performing organisations that demonstrate excellence in leading, managing and developing staff.
The college has achieved this after a rigorous assessment process which looks at all aspects of the way an organisation is run.
CRC is one of only 15 per cent of organisations with the IIP accreditation to achieve the Gold standard of the people management quality mark. The college was rated against performance indicators ranging from business strategy, people development and leadership through to involvement and empowerment, recognition and reward, and continuous improvement.
A significant contributing factor to achieving the Gold IIP ranking was the college’s #WeAreCRC values campaign. Designed to provide a guiding framework for behaviours and culture amongst staff and students, a number of unifying values were identified with staff and students: Welcoming, Empowering, Aspirational, Resilient, Excellent, Courageous, Respectful and Collaborative.
The #WeAreCRC campaign strengthened recruitment and performance and opened up opportunities for staff to progress their careers within the college. In addition, an aspiring managers development programme, saw one in five vacancies filled through internal promotions.