St Leger Homes has won a prestigious national award at the Business In The Community (BITC) 2016 Responsible Business Awards for our ground-breaking work with championing older people in the workplace.
The awards celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking practical action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive working environments and tackle environmental challenges. The rigorous awards scheme saw 297 companies enter this year, with 103 shortlisted and just 52 firms named finalists – to win is a wonderful achievement.
St. Leger Homes was recognised for our New Directions recruitment and retention programme, which offers retraining and redeployment opportunities, flexible working and retirement to support those aged 50 and over who may need to consider their career options. The aim is to ensure St Leger Homes can celebrate and retain the skills and experience of its diverse workforce for the benefit of our customers and the local economy, whilst supporting the wellbeing of staff. Older staff members also help upskill new employees via mentoring programmes.
Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes said: “St Leger Homes is committed to ensuring it maintains an age diverse workforce, including recruiting and retaining employees over 50 who currently face significant barriers to employment. We recognise and value the experience, skills and expertise our older employees offer. We are keen these are shared with our younger and developing employees. In addition, as the majority of our workforce live in Doncaster, recruiting and retaining employees helps support the local economy and delivers against our stated aim ‘to build confident communities'. We are delighted and honoured to win this award and have our work with older people recognised nationally.”
Chair of the Judging Panel, Marguerite Ulrich, Human Resources Director at Veolia said: “The bar has been set high for this entry and it was easy to follow and passion was shown through the presentation."