23 Jul Step Up to Silver
tpm has stepped up another level on its programme of continuous improvement, with the achievement of Investors in People (IiP) 6th Generation Standard – Silver Status.
Organisations that reach this challenging standard have to demonstrate they are exceeding the national average with their investment in colleagues. Moving from the standard accreditation, that we previously held, to the silver award is a huge accomplishment.
The award reflects the very high standards of people management and investment at tpm. Our hard work and dedication has paid off, and the IiP assessor concluded all of our staff to be highly skilled and effective within their roles. And programme delivery, as well as learner and employer engagement skills, were found to be of the highest order.
Above The National Average
The report honed in on the values held by our staff and we soared above the national average measure for ‘adopting the values’. The three cornerstones the assessor was referring to are ‘opportunity’, ‘service’ and ‘excellence’. The outcome of our assessment was clearly a resounding endorsement of everyone’s efforts.
A theme that came across strongly was the high level of trust within tpm. It’s great to have an objective opinion on how well our strategy of encouraging staff to address problems and develop solutions is working.
Paula Hayes, Director at tpm says:
“Investing in our own staff on this level benefits everyone including the employers, apprentices and students that we work with. I’m already confident in our staff and this endorsement of our working practices and culture helps highlight the level of excellence we are striving for, and achieving.”
Underpinned With Integrity
The assessor picked up on the integrity of tpm’s staff and this is a theme that underpins the organisation. He concluded the style of leadership at all levels is one of openness and trust.
Director Brian Quinn adds: “Anybody who knows us will appreciate how we encourage and celebrate achievement; recognise and celebrate difference and seek to be supportive and respectful. Across staff and students we encourage responsibly and encourage improvement. The IiP Silver Award shows this is working. I am so proud of the entire team.”
The assessment officer commented:
I would like to thank everyone involved in the assessment for their hospitality, honesty, enthusiasm and integrity. I was made to feel very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone. In particular, the work of those acting to manage the assessment and the contributions and support of the senior management team ensured that the assessment was both well managed and well received by all concerned.
The award will help tpm with its ambitions for the coming months and years. We are seeking to support more employers with their apprenticeship levy investment, boost employment opportunities for young people in the region and further strengthen our foothold in the care sector.