We’re delighted to start the new year by being awarded the Gold level Investors in People accreditation, following their most recent assessment.
The Practice first gained recognition in 1997, being one of the first architectural practices in the UK to be awarded this accolade. Since then we have been re-assessed every three years to prove ongoing compliance with the standard. The detailed assessment involved individual interviews with the team, as well as members of Senior Management and a number of Partners. Our team achieved 100% participation for the online survey assessments, well above the national average of between 75%-77%.
William Assheton, Partner at GSS, said, “The Investors in People standard helps to link people development and skills acquisition to the specific aims and objectives of a business. By assessing and improving the performance of employees, Investors in People provides a framework to help businesses manage change and enhance success.”
“We typically find that clients regard our Investors in People status as a very important indicator that we run our business in the most effective and efficient way, and that we really support the development and wellbeing of everyone at GSS.” said Will, “We’re delighted with the outstanding level of participation from our team, which shows a real willingness from everyone to help the Practice perform at its best.”
As recognised Investors in People, we continue to offer educational and training opportunities to the whole team. A total of 9 members of staff are currently undertaking student year-out placements, studying part-time to become fully qualified or on apprenticeship schemes or work experience, working within Architecture, Architectural Technology, Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Graphics Design, ICT and Business Administration.
The Practice has a very long history of providing opportunities, training and support in the profession, and has recently celebrated several successes, including 3 members of the team who, supported by GSS, have recently completed their Part III qualification, making them fully qualified Chartered Architects.