In the UK, MBDA has gained three separate Gold standard awards from leading accreditation organisation Investors in People.
This December, the company was awarded a third Gold for the ‘We invest in apprentices’ accreditation. This followed two earlier Gold awards for the company back in September for the ‘We invest in wellbeing’ and ‘We invest in people’ accreditations.
The Gold awards for apprentices and wellbeing were also firsts for the company. For apprentices, the award noted that the company has ‘a comprehensive recruitment programme targeting a broad and diverse range of potential early careers apprentices, built on strong relationships with community partners as part of outreach activity’. The Wellbeing award noted ‘there is a very supportive culture across MBDA’.
The company retained its Gold award for ‘We invest in people’, and was congratulated on a wide range of improvements, even though workplace practices changed rapidly because of the global pandemic.
Cathy Strachan MBE, HR Manager for Learning and Development at MBDA UK, reflected on this recent award success, saying:
“These awards are very positive and a testament to the work put in to make sure all our people feel valued. Apprenticeships are part of MBDA’s DNA, so we are proud of our newest accreditation. It has also been great to get such positive feedback on the wellbeing work we do to ensure we provide a healthy and supportive workplace. However, we won’t be resting on these latest awards, and we are already working to continuously improve and ensure MBDA is a place where people continue to want to work.”
Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said:
“We’d like to congratulate MBDA UK. Being accredited on ‘We invest in people’, ‘We invest in wellbeing’ and ‘We invest in apprentices’ is a remarkable effort, and places MBDA UK in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of understand the value of people and delivering high quality apprenticeships.”
The gold awards for MBDA don’t end with Investors in People. MBDA UK has also been awarded the 5% Club’s Gold award for its commitment to ‘earning and learning’. The 5% Club is an employer-led charity organisation dedicated to encouraging organisations to have at least 5% of their employees in earning and learning schemes, and MBDA UK are a patron and founding member. This year was the first time the 5% Club have conducted an audit of their members. Just over 10% of MBDA UK’s workforce are on an apprenticeship, a graduate scheme or are undertaking a qualification supported by the company.