Educ8, a provider of learning and staff development services, has been announced as the top Welsh company to work for in the 2016 Sunday Times best small companies list.
Placed at number three, Educ8 is one of only two Welsh companies on the list, with Source Insurance based in Penarth placed at number 45.
Split into four categories, big companies, mid companies, small companies and not for profit organisations, Best Companies have been producing and publishing the prestigious ‘Best Companies to Work For’ lists since 2001.
Over 300 organisations are included in the lists, which measure and acknowledge excellence in workplace engagement.
Colin Tucker CEO of Educ8, said: “We are delighted to be named as the top Welsh small company to work for in the UK and achieve 3rd place overall. In 2014 we were placed at number 51 so it’s a real jump up the ranks for us this year, we are immensely proud of what we have achieved and all of the hard work our people put in.
“We have a mission to make a positive impact on the social and economic future of our communities through developing, empowering and inspiring individuals to achieve their true potential. This accolade proves that we are successful in this aspect not only with customers, but employees too.”
Educ8, one of Wales’ leading and fastest growing training and work based apprenticeship providers, attended the announcement evening at Battersea Park after being awarded the coveted three star status accreditation from Best Companies for the second year.
Grant Santos, managing director of Educ8 said: “It was fantastic to be invited along to the event and when we found out how highly we’d placed we were ecstatic. We want our employees to enjoy their work and feel they have all skills they need to do their job to the best of their ability.”
Educ8 offers in-depth training and performance coaching to its employees, regularly assessing their development needs to ensure everyone has support to achieve their full potential. Each employee receives a full induction to give a thorough insight to the organisation before they begin their role.
Employees are encouraged to take advantage of monthly one-to-one training sessions to boost personal development and help them gain additional qualifications to support career progression.
Jonathan Austin, CEO and founder of Best Companies said: “I would like to congratulate Educ8 on their outstanding achievement. Our role at Best Companies is to support and encourage organisations to be great workplaces for their employees. An engaged workforce means happier, healthier, more productive and committed employees, which is clearly good news for all. We are delighted to recognise Educ8 by awarding them three star status in our Accreditation standard.”
Educ8 is currently active in a number of Welsh Government funded programmes including Apprenticeships and Jobs Growth Wales programmes. In addition Educ8 supports unemployed individuals, primarily young people aged 16-24 years, secure employment, whilst supporting local businesses to employ additional staff and provide sustainable career opportunities.
It offers employers a series of interlinked opportunities such as Jobs Growth Wales, Young Recruits and Apprenticeships Programmes provide a seamless solution to staff recruitment and development requirements across many organisations.
For further information on Educ8’s services, visit www.educ8training.co.uk, call: 01443 749000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the list, visit the Best Companies site.