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12/02/2014

Three Stars Shine over Educ8 Ltd

Valleys-based work-based learning provider, Educ8 Ltd, has just been awarded three star status by the prestigious workplace engagement specialists, Best Companies.

Three stars is the highest possible level of accreditation available and indicates ‘extraordinary’ levels of engagement with employees. The company’s results (which are based primarily on an objective staff survey managed by Best Companies) were so impressive that Educ8 has also been shortlisted as a Times Top 100 Small Company. The company’s official ranking on the Times Top 100 list will be announced at an awards dinner in London on 26th February.

This is the first year that Educ8 has participated in the Best Companies process so to achieve the full three stars is an outstanding commendation and a reflection of the commitment and investment that has gone in to developing a workplace culture that provides employees with job enrichment, motivation and opportunities for progression.

Colin Tucker, CEO at Educ8 explains: “Best Companies accreditation measures the extent to which employees feel personally involved with their organisation. Both Grant Santos, my fellow director, and I, are delighted and extremely proud that Educ8 has developed a workplace environment that provides staff with such extensive levels of job satisfaction. We are a valleys-based company and try our best to recruit and develop local people and provide them with opportunities to progress in their careers.

As a provider of vocational qualifications and a major Jobs Growth Wales contractor providing opportunities for young people, Educ8 makes a difference to peoples’ lives on a daily basis. We couldn’t do this without the continued support and dedication of our fantastic workforce, and that’s why we recognise the importance of giving something back to them.”

Educ8 had already achieved Investors in People GOLD status (back in 2012) but the Best Companies survey is a more comprehensive assessment of employees’ thoughts and feelings. It addresses eight principle factors: the company; leadership; wellbeing; personal growth; fair dealing; employees’ feelings towards their managers; employees’ feelings towards their teams; and what the company gives back to society.

Since its inception in 2004 and with the backing of Finance Wales, Educ8 has experienced significant growth. The company is always looking to expand it’s talent pool and encourages prospective employees to send in speculative CVs and covering letters via their HR department.

A debt investment from Finance Wales in 2009 provided the capital Educ8 needed to expand. Welcoming Educ8’s announcement, David Perez, Senior Portfolio Executive at Finance Wales said: “Best Companies accreditation is highly regarded. Educ8 has invested heavily in its workplace culture, so achieving 3 Star status, which is the highest level awarded, is a significant endorsement for the company. An effective workplace culture has boosted staff commitment and motivation, enabling Educ8 to build a strong reputation.

“Finance Wales is pleased to have backed Colin and his team. They’ve combined long-term vision and values with an ambitious business plan to turn Educ8 into the high-quality training provider it is today. We wish them well when their place in the Top 100 is announced later this month.”