Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Adviza is a charity inspiring people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work
  • Year established:
    2003
  • Website:
    http://www.adviza.org.uk
  • Contact
    • 11th Floor, Ocean House, The Ring, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1AX

About Adviza


What is it like to work for Adviza

Leadership
Leadership
The CEO delivers a session on the Adviza Vision and Values at all inductions for new staff. She also telephones five staff each week to find out how they are getting on in their job and listens to any feedback about the organisation. She even sends emails, cards and notes to thank staff for excellent work that demonstrates the organisational values. The CEO and Chair did a roadshow for staff to launch the Adviza five Year Strategic Plan. Other senior staff ensure that they are visible and accessible to all staff. They are very approachable and staff feel able to contact them directly at any time. The CEO and Senior Managers also have a positive relationship with the relevant Trades Union, working with them informally to identify particular issues and consulting through the appropriate committee structure when appropriate.
My Team
My Team
This year in Buckinghamshire Adviza lost all their premises as part of large local authority cuts. This has meant that they have had to rethink their communication practices, meaning the teams have "mobile kitchens", including a box with mugs, tea/coffee etc, a kettle and of course biscuits! This makes it easier to create an informal team setting wherever they are meeting. They are making greater use of Skype for business and have invested in SmartPhones for staff so that they can keep in touch via WhatsApp and on other social media. There is usually an annual conference each year for all employees which includes formal inputs, plus some "getting to know you" activities. Locally Adviza encourage team activities such as Macmillan Coffee mornings, a sponsored walk for Alzheimer's Society, Christmas Jumper day for Save the Children and they also have bring and share lunches.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Adviza are currently fundraising for Help for Harry, who is the son of an employee who has Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy. The family need adaptations made to the home to help Harry live there comfortably, so the company have undertaken a number of activities to support this fundraising. Towards the end of 2015 Adviza also set up 'Against the Grain', a furniture upcycling social enterprise to support young people who are NEET. These young people have very limited opportunities for progression and due to low academic achievement and limited basic skills are unable to find work. The organisation’s social enterprise employs them on a traineeship where they learn carpentry, upholstery, painting and sewing skills in order to produce beautifully restored furniture. Furthermore, Adviza have recently recruited two prisoners to join their staff team. Whilst finishing their sentence they are working with the organisation on providing support to their fellow prisoners on opportunities for training within the prison, as well as employment and training post release.

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Benefits:

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave to all employees

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Development
    Development

    Non work related training supported

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:

    10%

  • Male : Female:

    17% / 83%

  • Staff:

    175

  • Staff Turnover:

    21%

  • Average Age:

    45

  • UK sites:

    6

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