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Council receives prestigious Investor in People accreditation

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council are delighted to be one of only four Councils in the whole of the Midlands region to have achieved the new sixth generation Investors in People (IIP) standard.

The Council decided voluntarily to be assessed against the rigours of this new challenging standard to benefit from an external view about how they are developing as an organisation. The external assessment included a comprehensive all staff survey, individual one-to-one interviews, careful examination of key documents and scrutiny of the processes and practices in place.

The assessment is centred on nine separate key categories - ranging from managing and recognising high performance, delivering continuous improvement and creating sustainable success. The resultant IIP report noted that the Council ranked above its benchmarking group in all nine categories, with ‘living the organisation’s values and behaviours’ being credited at the higher ‘established’ level.

IIP assessor, Tracey Thompson who carried out the Council’s assessment said: “Oadby & Wigston Borough Council welcomed the opportunity to be assessed against the demands of the new Investors in People standard, which was upgraded in 2015 and is more difficult to achieve. The requirements are more reflective to today’s working environment, are more stretching, and also provide a direction for more modern approaches to people management and development.

The Council engaged and embraced the challenges presented by the revised assessment process and this has resulted in them being awarded full Accredited IIP status.”

On hearing news of the accreditation, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council Leader, Cllr John Boyce said: “This is fantastic news and all Councillors, including myself, are proud that the Council has received this award from such a respected external body.

“This is a testament to the hard work that all the staff put in on a daily basis and echoes what we have always believed - that Oadby and Wigston is great place to live, visit and work.”

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