The Growth Company has once again received praise for its culture of inclusivity and equality throughout the organisation. 

Following an independent review, the Growth Company’s Employment and Education and Skills services were once again successfully reaccredited to the matrix Standard. This accreditation demonstrates the commitment to the continuous delivery of high-quality services, and the development of a culture of inclusivity and equality throughout the Growth Company.

The matrix Standard is the Department for Education’s (DfE) international quality standard that ensures organisations are delivering quality information, advice and/or guidance (IAG) services.

The criteria for the standard was recently revised (2023), and the Growth Company is one of the first organisations to pass the revised framework. Independent assessors held interviews recently looking at the services provided across both areas of employment and education and skills and how IAG is embedded in these areas.

The independent assessors found that “inclusivity and equity to all was strong throughout the organisation” and there is a “strong culture of safety and wellbeing” noted through colleague and service user feedback.

Michelle Leeson, Managing Director of GC Employment, said: ‘‘We always aim to improve on and embed a culture of quality at GC, and this is why we strive to ensure that it is at the heart of all our services.

“Achieving reaccreditation to the matrix Standard is a fantastic achievement and is thanks to the hard work of every one of our colleagues involved in this process, across both the Employment and Education and Skills business units.  Colleagues successfully demonstrated the strength of our organisation, and we are so pleased to be accredited for another three years.”

How GC Business Growth Hub helped new businesses in Greater Manchester

In 2023, approximately 9,000 learners had engaged in Education & Skills programmes and 31,500 people participated in Employment services programmes with the Growth Company across Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire and the Humber.

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