Double award success for the Learning Curve’s positive people practices

By Anita Jaynes on March 03, 2015

The Learning Curve, a local charity which changes lives through providing accessible training, has been awarded the Investors in People Silver standard, demonstrating their commitment to realising the potential of their people. At the same time, The Learning Curve has retained its Mindful Employer charter signatory status following a recent review, demonstrating the organisation’s positive approach towards mental wellbeing.

The Learning Curve, whose head office is based in Melksham, delivers training and guidance across the South West, supporting 2,000 disadvantaged people each year to progress in work and life through gaining new skills, qualifications and confidence.

Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “Achieving the Investors in People Silver standard is something that any organisation should be truly proud of. It is the sign of a company which is very committed to good people management practice and we’d like to congratulate The Learning Curve on their achievement.”

Commenting on the Investors in People Silver award, Tim Ward, Chief Executive, said “Our charity’s success is based on the skills and commitment of our staff and volunteers. We are delighted that achieving this prestigious award has given recognition to our focus on enabling our staff to be the best they can be.”

The Investors in People assessor praised The Learning Curve’s high levels of staff involvement, commitment to core values and ongoing opportunities for learning and development. This includes recent workshops on mental health awareness designed and delivered by The Learning Curve’s HR & Central Services Manager Kathryn Roynon, which have enabled staff to provide better support to both learners and focus on their own wellbeing. This positive approach to mental health is also reflected by the organisation’s commitment to the Mindful Employer Charter.

Mindful Employer provides organisations with easier access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. The Learning Curve is one of nearly 1300 employers nationally who are committed to the principles of the Mindful Emloyer Charter, which focuses on supporting candidates and colleagues during the recruitment process and throughout their employment.