Burnley Council named among best employers

ACCOLADE: Staff from Burnley Borough Council celebrate being named as one of the North-West's best employers.
ACCOLADE: Staff from Burnley Borough Council celebrate being named as one of the North-West's best employers.

BURNLEY Borough Council has been named as one of the North-West’s best employers in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012.

The finalists and winners were announced at a high profile joint awards ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which was held in Crewe.

The council scooped Rolls Royce Large Employer of the Year for the development of a successful coaching culture within the organisation, which it says has resulted in cost benefits of more than £50,000, improved leadership capability and decision-making ability and increased staff satisfaction.

Gina Cole, the council’s organisational development officer, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the continuous development of coaching within the council.”

Chief executive Mr Steve Rumbelow added: “To have received recognition at such a level illustrates the hard work that has gone into Burnley Council’s coaching journey.

“It is our vision that coaching becomes culturally embedded in all people practices as the way we do business, part of the DNA of the organisation, and this award highlights that we are definitely on the right path to achieve this.”

The National Training Awards recognise organisations that have delivered outstanding training programmes, and are organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, who received in excess of 1,500 entrants this year.

All the North-West winners will proceed through to a final national judging stage and the highest-scoring apprenticeship employer entries nationally will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers’ list.