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PeoplePlus is a leading provider working across the adult skills, apprenticeships, employability and prison education markets. It is a purpose-led organisation with a commitment to making a direct difference to the lives of One million people by 2022.
The PeoplePlus division of Staffline began life in 1986, with it first trading in Nottingham. By 2003 it had 17 onsite locations. In 2011, it acquired EOS and in 2014/15 it then acquired employability experts Avanta and A4e.
In 2016, the PeoplePlus brand was formally established and by 2018, PeoplePlus had grown to cover 50 locations with over 1300 employees across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Today it has over 1300 employees and is focused on many activities such as helping people into sustainable work; building a skilled workforce for the future and developing careers and rehabilitating ex-offenders into society. To date, PeoplePlus has supported over 500,000 people, transforming lives by supporting people into sustainable work and helping them develop their careers.
“PeoplePlus is an extraordinary organisation and it is an immense honour to be part of the team. Every day my colleagues make an incredible difference to the lives of hundreds of people - many of whom face challenging circumstances - helping them to turn around their lives, live independently, get jobs and progress in work. In what has been such a uniquely tough year, this accreditation is testament to their dedication and their passion to always be at their very best for the clients, customers and learners we are so privileged to support. We want this to be one of the best places to work in the UK and for our colleagues to look back on their careers and say, ‘THAT was the best job I ever had’. While we still have much to do, this accreditation is great recognition for the progress made towards those ambitions”. - Simon Rouse, Group Managing Director
The MD at PeoplePlus took a colleague centred approach during lockdown, ensuring that colleagues received regular communication that was transparent and balanced realism with optimism. Their vision was to focus on the future and trust in each other. These messages were echoed in the MDs Monday and Thursday weekly emails. To ensure colleagues stayed engaged, PeoplePlus launched a new engagement and communication strategy that focused on Stay Supported, Stay Recognised and Stay Connected.
PeoplePlus launched ‘Great Conversations’ early last year which consists a formal quarterly review, followed up by informal monthly catch ups to review progress against the range of objectives set in the formal review. ‘Great Conversations’ focuses on how you do your job, including objectives centred around KPIS, Behaviour, Personal Development and an assessment of how each leader is demonstrating their leadership behaviours. The conversation between the line manager and the colleague specifically addresses personal growth objectives.
As an organisation, PeoplePlus have continued to promote their wellbeing benefits such as the Employee Assistance Programme and Thrive app, which contains online resources to support Mental Health and Wellbeing. In response to Covid-19 they worked with Aviva to offer stress and resilience sessions to all colleagues as well as shared a remote working guide which contained top tips to maintain strong wellbeing. PeoplePlus also encouraged colleagues to have virtual catch ups/ tea and coffee breaks via Microsoft Teams.
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