This is an archived press release
Wednesday 17 March 2010
17 March 2010
National Park Authority recognised as Investor in People
The Peak District National Park Authority has achieved the Investor in People accreditation - the mark of a quality employer.
The Authority, which employs some 400 full and part-time staff, had to pass a rigorous assessment of its performance and improvement strategies, management capability, learning and career development, and involvement of staff.
In awarding the certificate, John Flewitt of assessors EMQC, said: “The Investors in People Standard is a very challenging one and is increasingly seen as a measure of a quality employer. It not only reflects the management’s commitment but is an acknowledgement of the effort of everyone who works for the organisation. I would like to congratulate you and your team on this excellent achievement.”
The assessors judged the Authority’s performance improvement strategies against the Investors in People Standard by interviewing 47 employees, including the chief executive, authority chair and union representative.
Among comments they recorded from staff were: “A very positive organisation, approachable, supportive, open door,” and “We do get constructive feedback, it is a learning environment.”
Chief executive Jim Dixon said: “I’m delighted with our accreditation as an Investor in People. This is the first time we have gone through this process, and it is a wonderful recognition of the hard work done by staff here. This is also important for the many people we serve, whether visitors or local people, as it will help improve the service we give them.
“It shows we have a supportive environment for people to work in, to achieve their objectives and develop their careers. I’m particularly pleased staff were able to speak so positively about their teamwork and commitment to working for the national park.”
Authority chair Narendra Bajaria said: ' I welcome this external recognition by the Investors in People panel. It shows considerable progress the Authority has made as a quality employer over the last few years. It is also a testament to staff commitment to continuous improvement to remain fit for purpose.”
Continued recognition as an Investor in People involves regular reviews at least every three years from the date of the accreditation, March 11 2010.