Festival Housing Ltd

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FESTIVAL Housing employees see great personal benefit from the training they get in their jobs, recording a 75% positive score, ranking it first on this question among mid-size organisations in our survey. The 452 employees based at 19 sites, including at the head office in Malvern, Worcestershire, receive financial support to sign up for modern apprenticeships or for professional and vocational qualifications. Each person has almost seven training days a year, at colleges or via inhouse, e-learning and distance-learning courses. This support while managing, servicing and maintaining about 10,000 homes in Hereford and Worcestershire means people regard their experience at Festival Housing as valuable for their future (75%). Support workers, housing officers and tradesmen are often on the move between tenants' homes, so once a month a member of the executive team delivers a “BreakFest brief” at a number of locations, while information is offered and feedback sought via Festival's intranet. Everyone has a human resources adviser assigned to them, to help with problems and answer questions. The organisation is run on strong principles (77%). A new set of values was agreed following a series of staff workshops — the motto is now “be proud, be trusted, be caring, be innovative and be the difference”. People are certainly proud to be part of the housing provider (80%). The staff conference at Worcester Warriors rugby club's stadium last June was Festival's biggest to date and featured a drumming workshop, at which all 376 in attendance created one stirring and inspirational beat. www.festivalhousing.or

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91% of staff agreed

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

Fesitval Housing run Modern Apprenticeship programmes taking young people from the age of 16+. They progress learners through to Level 3 qualifications. On completion they can continue to develop through undertaking Btec, NVQ, HNC, HND and Professional qualifications. Support is available for all staff to undertake a recognised Vocational, Professional or academic qualifications, 90 % of roles have a specific qualification linked to them e.g. Housing Officers relevant qualification is Chartered Institute of Housing Level 4. Such courses are supported 100% financially. Festival Housing currently offer professional traineeship in HR and Finance with a view to expand to other areas of the organisation. Qualifications are offered via day, block release at college and distance learning. They work closely with local University, other housing associations providing bespoke level 5 Leadership and Management qualifications. They offer development through the delivery of learning activities including e-learning, course attendance external, bespoke in house courses, reading, forums, workshops and conferences. In house courses run with a mix of external and internal trainers. Year 2012 to 2013 Festival carried 3196 training days. This equates to an average of 6.9 training days per member of staff. Vacancies which are identified as key roles can be offered as secondment opportunities of up to 1 year's duration. This allows staff to experience different roles within the organisation. Work experience is available to people looking to change careers or re-join the world place. They work closely with schools and colleges to offer students work experience opportunities.

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87% of staff agreed

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

To lead well, it is necessary to understand what you are leading. Fetival's Chief Executive, Guy Weston knows their business thoroughly, has the widest possible overview and understanding of the industry and the external factors influencing it, but he also knows his staff members by name and speaks to them all in the same way and understands what areas of the business they are most concerned with. The door of his office is always open and they often see him on the office floor or out and about at the depots and other offices. He presents the BreakFest Briefs, tells everyone about his holidays and asks about everyone else. Everyone knows about his football team and he joshes about everyone else's. However, when he's doing business he's completely focused, fair and a good listener. He knows his stuff and when he doesn't have enough information he asks for it before making a judgement. When there are awards to be given, thanks to be made and acknowledgement of excellent work and dedication to Festival and their clients, Guy is there to thank staff personally and he does not quickly forget those achievements. Figures of authority will always find themselves in the firing line for making decisions about contentious issues, but if every member of staff feels that they can express their opinion about that decision directly to that person then they have done the job fairly. That situation exists here at Festival.

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86% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Fesitval Housing run Modern Apprenticeship programmes taking young people from the age of 16+. They progress learners through to Level 3 qualifications. On completion they can continue to develop through undertaking Btec, NVQ, HNC, HND and Professional qualifications. Support is available for all staff to undertake a recognised Vocational, Professional or academic qualifications, 90 % of roles have a specific qualification linked to them e.g. Housing Officers relevant qualification is Chartered Institute of Housing Level 4. Such courses are supported 100% financially. Festival Housing currently offer professional traineeship in HR and Finance with a view to expand to other areas of the organisation. Qualifications are offered via day, block release at college and distance learning. They work closely with local University, other housing associations providing bespoke level 5 Leadership and Management qualifications. They offer development through the delivery of learning activities including e-learning, course attendance external, bespoke in house courses, reading, forums, workshops and conferences. In house courses run with a mix of external and internal trainers. Year 2012 to 2013 Festival carried 3196 training days. This equates to an average of 6.9 training days per member of staff. Vacancies which are identified as key roles can be offered as secondment opportunities of up to 1 year's duration. This allows staff to experience different roles within the organisation. Work experience is available to people looking to change careers or re-join the world place. They work closely with schools and colleges to offer students work experience opportunities.

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