Investors in People

The Wessex Group of companies are proud to be recognised as an Investor in People which sets the national standard of good practice for training and development of people to achieve business goals.

Wessex first achieved recognition in September 1999 and most recently in April 2014. Considering that a larger majority of our staff work off site, this is a great accomplishment.

The standard provides a national framework for improving business performance and competitiveness, through a planned approach to setting and communicating business objectives and developing people to meet these objectives. The result is - what people can and are motivated to do matches what the organisation needs them to do engendering a culture of continuous improvement.

Investor in People is the national Standard which sets out a level of good practice for training and development of people to achieve business goals. The Standard was developed during 1990 by the National Training Task Force in partnership with leading national businesses, personnel, professional and employee organisations such as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD). The work was supported by the Employment Department. The experiences of the UK's most successful organisations, large and small, representing all sectors of the UK economy, were very positive and the Standard received the full endorsement of wide range of interested parties.

The Standard provides a national framework for improving business performance and competitiveness, through a planned approach to setting and communicating business objectives and developing people to meet these objectives. The result is - what people can and are motivated to do matches what the organisation needs them to do. Investors in People is cyclical and should engender the culture of continuous improvement.

The Investor in People Standard is based on four key principles:

Commitment
Commitment to invest in people to achieve business goals
Planning
Planning how skills, individuals and teams are to be developed to achieve these goals
Action
Taking action to develop and use necessary skills in a well defined and continuing programme directly tied to business objectives
Evaluating
Evaluating outcomes of training and development for individuals' progress towards goals, the value achieved and future needs.