Wigan & Leigh College

Wigan & Leigh College offer high-quality education and training to help individuals achieve success from 16+ .
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Wigan & Leigh College is the only general further education college in the towns of Wigan and Leigh and was formed in April 1992 through the merger of Wigan College of Technology and Leigh College. Its predecessor organisation, however, has been leading the way in the region since 1857.

Each year, more than 14,000 people choose to study at the college. They are encouraged and supported to achieve their potential through exceptional teaching, support and guidance across academic, vocational, technical and apprenticeship courses.

Pitched to suit all abilities, provision ranges from entry level through to professional and post-graduate courses. It includes A-level professional honours programmes or vocational qualifications such as BTECs – both of which can lead to university or degree apprenticeships – plus an expanding portfolio of foundation degrees, top-up degrees, Higher Nationals, and certificates.

Wigan & Lee College students and staff – past and present – proudly supported the region's NHS service by producing facemasks, PPE and scrubs for frontline workers. The institution sponsors local charity The Brick, which offers services to people who are homeless, in poverty or facing a debt crisis.

In the summer, the institution placed a huge emphasis on its cycle-to-work scheme, with students and staff signing up to it instead of using their car or public transport.

As the coronavirus crisis recedes, employees have remained empowered to work remotely and those on site have staggered start and end times. The college has not neglected its physical estate either – a recent multi-million pound investment provided top-of-the-range facilities, resources and learning environments.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

86% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The senior management team demonstrates its commitment to the values of the college by consulting with stakeholders in the preparation of its strategic plan. Leaders also undertook virtual focus groups to gather employee feedback and to make any recommended improvements.

My Company

95% of staff agreed

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

The college held a celebration day to communicate the results of its previous Best Companies survey. Each building was decorated with banners and balloons, and there were cakes, treats and branded merchandise – such as water bottles – for staff.

Wellbeing

70% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

“Wellbeing Wednesdays” have seen people share exercise tips, classes and strategies to boost good mental and physical health – while staff have free and confidential access to a 24/7 employee assistance programme. Even the college hairdressing team got involved by sharing videos of styling tips.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1857
Total number of employees
3
Number of UK locations
45
Employee average age
37% : 63%
Male : Female employee ratio
21%
Employees earning £35k+
16%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
“We are delighted to have been recognised in this way as having world class levels of engagement. The importance of employee engagement cannot be overstated. We truly believe that engaged employees are happier, both at work and in their lives. By investing in our employees in this way we have been able to build a team of highly committed and skilled staff who are committed to our goals and values and ultimately the success of our College and providing the best possible student experience.”

Louise Brown, Vice Principal, Corporate Services - Wigan & Leigh College

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