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BY INVESTING IN its workforce, East Riding College is offsetting the worst effects of the recession. Even as its hopes for a new £23m campus took a blow last year when funding was withdrawn (with a small number of people also being made redundant), employees give the college a 69% positive score for questions on Personal Growth overall — the sixth best result nationally among the 75 organisations in this list. There is little evidence of boredom in the classroom (74%, and the eighth best score in mid-sized bodies), because teachers view their work as stimulating (74%) and good for their own growth (73%, another top 10 score). Staff say there are opportunities to learn and grow (55%), and the training they receive is of great benefit to them personally (66%), both top 10 rankings. East Riding's intake of more than 1,500 full-time students every year and thousands more on higher education and part-time courses, gives employees valuable experience for the future (71%). The average salary of a teacher is £24,606 and staff feel able to contribute to the success of the college (80%, ranking third). It came 14th overall for the My Company factor. Staff and students benefited from the opening of a new £17m campus in the coastal resort of Bridlington last year, despite the withdrawal of some funding. The college also has a campus in the market town of Beverley. www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk

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My Company

93% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

To support Senior Managers commitment to values, the Leadership Charter was developed with input from all staff. This forms the keystone of the behaviours expected of all Managers and is based on three principles: leading, managing and developing their teams. Senior Managers role model the behaviours laid down in this Charter and their performance against these principles forms part of their annual appraisal. The Principal and Directors meet with all new staff at their induction. The importance of the values is discussed with staff and how all staff are expected to respect them. The Principal has a clear open door policy and all staff know that they can talk to him about any issue. He is visible around the college premises and encourages both staff and students to talk to him. He regularly communicates important and also 'good news' messages to staff through Outlook and has a regular feature in the college newsletter to update staff on college activities, challenges and successes. He attends the staff focus group meetings. He always receives minutes of these meetings so that he can 'keep a finger on the pulse' on the day to day activities within the teams. The Principal will lead the more formal annual conference but also participates in the workshops, which are led by different staff from across the college.

My Team

88% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

The East Riding College Employee Personal Development Award is for £175. Staff can use this financial award to pay for any course or qualification that they would like to undertake for their own personal development. These do not have to be related to their role within the college, e.g. joinery for beginners, chocolate workshop, flower arranging, creative Photoshop or French for beginners. There is also a £50 Staff Development award. Staff can use this award to contribute to the cost of both work and non-work related qualifications. The college will use appropriate external funding to fund qualifications to support staff development, for example Level 2 Initial Advice & Guidance Award and Level 2 Mental Health Awareness Course. If no external funding is available, the college will offer a reduction of up to 10% on the course fees. The college will provide paid time off for exams and exam preparation, as well as flexible working so staff are supported to amend their working hours to accommodate teaching times.

My Manager

80% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

There is an annual Summer barbecue and Christmas party for all staff. There is always a theme for the barbecue, enabling staff to dress up and get into the spirit of the event. Last Summer the theme was 'South Sea Islands'. There was a range of grass skirts, sun hats and even a surf board all adding authenticity to the day. There is a prize for the 'best dressed' employee. The Christmas party will include a challenging quiz. The various teams chose their own unique names and a considerable amount of friendly competition develops. These events take place at the two college sites in Beverley and Bridlington and are for all staff, the majority of whom attend, including the Directors. These events are held at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms after the students have left, so enabling the staff to fully relax after a very taxing 10 to 12 weeks. The college holds an annual staff conference which is compulsory for all staff to attend. The morning programme is planned so Directors can explain the current position of the college and also set the scene for the year to come. The afternoon workshops support the theme of the conference and from a selection of at least eight workshops staff will chose three that are most relevant for them to attend. The variety of workshop topics ensures that there are relevant topics for both teaching and support staff.

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Long Service

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Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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