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ONE OF THE largest colleges in the country, West Nottinghamshire provides outstanding opportunities for its staff as well as its students. With more than 20,000 students, the college, based in Mansfield, is hard to beat for personal growth, strong leadership and for staff feeling good about it, ranking second, fourth and sixth among all 75 public sector organisations on these issues. Employees are proud to work at the college and believe they can make a valuable contribution to its success, both statements winning positive scores of 77% in our staff survey. People love working here (72%). Employees think the college provides a great service (80%), find work stimulating (75%) and believe the experience they gain is valuable for their future (72%). The programme of staff development opportunities is advertised on the intranet and a dedicated team of learning consultants provides one-to-one coaching to members of the teaching staff. The college has launched programmes to enable staff to grow professionally, including its Routes to Success training course for senior managers of the future and its training scheme for first level support managers. Almost half the staff earn in excess of £25,000 and the average salary of a tutor is £26,246. Employees return the second highest score of any mid-sized body when asked if the training is of great benefit (67%) and they can see that opportunities to learn and grow are not limited (57%, ranking fourth). The college holds employee council meetings twice a term while its car share scheme was introduced in response to feedback from the workforce. Staff also lobbied against a five-year qualifying period for new starters to receive an additional two days' leave and now all receive a minimum of 32 days. Staff find chief executive Asha Khemka inspiring (72%, only two organisations scored higher), saying she runs the college on sound moral principles and they have a great deal of faith in her (both 75%). There is also confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team (72%). Benefits on offer to the 1,112 staff who work across 11 locations include an on-site crèche, childcare vouchers, free sports facilities, a wellness programme, an employee assistance scheme, discounted services and a final salary pension into which the college pays a minimum of 12.4% of pay. People get a buzz out of working in their team (a top score of 67%) and are excited about where the college is going (69%, the fifth highest score). www.wnc.ac.uk

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85% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

The Chief Executive holds a monthly 'meet the Principal' breakfast/lunch with 15 staff chosen randomly through the HR system. The senior management team hold their weekly meeting at different sites across the College and invite staff from those sites, who may not always have the opportunity to drop in and see them, for lunch prior to the meeting. Each member of the senior management team also has responsibility for one of the sites and regularly attend their focus group meetings or events. For example, the College has a site dedicated to a Hair, Beauty and a complementary therapies salon which is run by staff and students as a commercial entity, the College executive team will all be receiving a treatment given by a learner in order to provide training experience and have an opportunity for a 1-1 dialogue.

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83% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

For the last 4 years West Nottinghamshire College has been in the top 10% of all colleges nationally for success rates. It is recognised by Ofsted as outstanding across the board with a reputation built on the achievements and success of its workforce. In 2009, it received Beacon Status for excellence in learning and skills and was recently awarded its fifth Beacon Award for savings made to benefit its learners through procurement. Staff are offered an exciting, innovative, creative and rewarding place to work where they can really make a difference. They are regularly recognised and rewarded through termly Star Awards where winners receive £100 as a result of grade 1 teaching observations among other categories.

My Team

80% of staff agreed

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

In 2009, a Workforce Plan for the College was presented to governors for the first time. This included succession planning and talent management activities. The College has launched a number of programmes to manage talent and provide for succession planning. This includes: Routes to Success training programme launched through an external provider for the senior managers of the future; programme area leader development programme launched; training programme for first level support managers launched November 19th 2009. The College also has a rolling programme of employing apprentices. The aim of this is to provide future administrators for the College. Since the launch of the programme in October 2005 the College has recruited 13 business apprentices of which 5 are now in permanent roles in the College, 2 have gained external employment and 6 currently on the scheme.

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