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    • Babington Business College, Mallard Way, Pride Park, Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, DE24 8GX
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About Babington

Babington is a passionate, resilient and brave business which began training it’s first learners in 1974. In a demanding sector with a unique set of shifting challenges, Babington continues to be bold and innovative in its approach to delivering high quality services and developing better futures.

Their people are what make the difference, they are the beating heart of what they do and are ambitious, energetic and inspirational. They're motivated by seeing the positive impact they have on the lives of the young people and adults they support through their many different contracts and programmes. They have fun and want their employees to feel welcome and part of the Babington family from the moment they agree to join them.

They started as a secretarial college back in 1974 and have continued to grow and expand the business into new areas and qualifications, building on their successes as they went. Accountancy and financial services are still at the core of what they offer and they were the first provider in the UK to offer insurance and accountancy apprenticeships.

What is it like to work for Babington

My Manager
My Manager
Additional support is available for employees in the form of mentoring and coaching where required. Specialist external coaching is utilised to compliment employee development where identified. These methods have proved to be particularly successful with internal career progression and job satisfaction. They continue to carry out training needs analysis to identify developed a number new development modules and complimentary tools to support their staff.

They have launched a Manager's toolkit and within this is a set of modular training which provides guidance and training on how they expect their managers to work with people to get the best results. These modules include Driving Performance which was delivered to all managers. They have found this to be particularly effective as it has allowed all of their managers to reflect on management styles and how they can support their employees with effective management.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Personal Learning Networks with social learning becoming more popular, several of their employees naturally use PLN’s to support their development at work, effectively using associates and peers on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Instant Messaging during the period under review, they have adopted a new company wide communication method to promote learning and development opportunities, internal vacancies and support with new system integration and learning. This platform also facilitates a new method of sharing information about beneficial training and development undertaken, sharing success stories etc. Information Sharing within their organisations intranet, they have developed a learning & development hub to share useful training and development material, documentation and content. As a number of these techniques are new, along with launch of the learning & development team, the true impact of the department and strategies are still to be evaluated, but as the above demonstrates positive pioneering steps at Babington are being taken to improve the opportunities for their people’s growth and career aspirations.
My Team
My Team
Roadshow Events – They have continued their annual roadshow events this year in which members of the Senior Executive Board travel the country to meet with their employees to deliver key updates, messages and networking opportunities. This year the focus of the Roadshows has been to feedback to their employees on the results of an internal Transformational Diagnostic conducted to gain an in-depth understanding of their business from their employee’s perspective, so that they can work towards change and transformation of their business. Everyone was invited to these events which occurred in various locations across the country, and for those that couldn’t attend physically, they offered a virtual solution.

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    At least 40% of senior managers are women

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  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Development

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Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    34% / 66%

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