Bridgend College has its time to shine at CIPD Wales Awards 2019

Bridgend College is once again the proud winner of not one, but two prestigious awards!

The ‘Embedding a Culture of Workplace Well-being’ award and the ‘Organisational Development / Learning & Development Initiative’ were awarded at the glittering CIPD Wales Awards 2019 held at Cardiff’s City Hall on Friday 15th November.

The ‘Embedding a Culture of Workplace Well-being’ award recognises employers that place employee well-being at the forefront of the organisation and have embedded a strong culture of workplace well-being.

Bridgend College has recognised the opportunity the workplace presents for health promotion and education. As a result, the College launched an innovative and integrated approach to creating a working environment and inclusive culture where both staff and students can thrive in terms of accomplishment and well-being.

The judges were looking for evidence of a holistic approach that focuses on people’s physical and mental well-being and how leadership, culture and people management capability and practices are supportive of employees’ physical and mental well-being at work.

The judges said:

“Over the course of four to five years, Bridgend College has embedded a culture of well-being within the organisation and the wider community. The reason why we selected them as the winner of this category was due to the College’s massive cultural shift.”

The ‘Organisational Development / Learning & Development Initiative’ award is presented to organisations that demonstrate a strong link between organisation development activity and achieving business goals.

To support Bridgend College’s approach to learning and organisation development, the College has implemented an innovative and multifaceted approach ensuring our staff are receptive to change and keep pace with the skills and knowledge required. Bridgend College’s learning and development strategy supports its person-centered culture and aims to support staff and students to ‘be all that they can be’ in a creative environment where they can thrive.

In this category, judges were looking for evidence of a culture that promotes learning and development, coaching, managing performance, innovative approaches to change and work design, as well as encouraging feedback and openness on development needs.

The judges commended the College and said:

“We found this category incredibly difficult to judge, however, we selected Bridgend College as the finalist because the organisation has achieved incredible things in a short space of time with very limited resources.”

Following on from last year’s Bronze award at Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards, the College are proud to have received a Silver award this year. The Silver award is given to employers who have made demonstrable achievements in promoting staff mental health, demonstrating progress and impact over time, showing that the College have really stepped up its focus on wellbeing in the workplace.

We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by our wonderful staff!