College top of the international class for putting people first

The South Devon College team

The South Devon College team - Credit: Archant

South Devon recognised for putting people first

South Devon College principal Laurence Frewin

South Devon College principal Laurence Frewin - Credit: Archant

South Devon College is simply 'Naturally Inspiring' - and internationally Naturally Inspiring at that.

It has become the first and only college in the UK, and internationally, to receive platinum reaccreditation from Investors in People.

Platinum is the highest level of accreditation possible through the 'We invest in people' scheme.

The independent Investors in People review confirmed that 92 per cent of staff agree it is a great place to work and 95 agree it has a positive impact on the community, aligning with the College's mission to 'Inspire the community through learning for all'.

Laurence Frewin, principal and college CEO, said: 'It is fantastic having our efforts to create an empowered and valued professional workforce at the college reaffirmed by Investors in People with a rating that couldn't be any higher.

'It is something that, as a major local employer in Devon, we take great pride in and means we support colleagues to continue to provide the very highest standard of teaching, learning and support that our students expect and deserve. We put students at the heart of all we do, but we can only be successful with this if we value our hardworking, committed and talented team and I believe the staff at the college are the best! I want to thank our whole team.'

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Staff feedback highlighted that the College put their employees as well as their learners at the heart of everything and 'people feel they matter'.

The assessment that took place of the College resulted with them additionally receiving Investors in People's Health & Wellbeing Award alongside the Platinum rating.

Staff said 'Covid has really highlighted how well we are supported by the College' and 'there's a lot of encouragement to have a healthy work life balance.'

Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said: 'Platinum accreditation is a remarkable effort for any organisation, and places South Devon College in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.

'Investors in People believe that the success of any organisation begins and ends with people. South Devon College are clearly playing a great part in doing just that.'