Guidant are delighted to announce that we have won the 'Best supplier partnership' award at the Public Services People Managers Association’s (PPMA) Excellence in People Management awards for our in work recruiting and retaining high quality social workers for Bedford Borough Council’s children’s services team.
The annual PPMAs recognise and celebrate the fantastic work within public sector organisations throughout the UK, and this year’s winners were showcased at the virtual conference on Wednesday 16th September.
We won the competitive category due to our truly strategic partnership with Bedford Borough Council which has enabled the recruitment and retention of first-rate social workers to ensure that children in the borough’s care received consistent, high-quality support when they need it most. In addition, Guidant Global was able to drastically reduce Bedford Borough’s reliance on agency staff and significantly enhance the candidate experience resulting in a much higher quality workforce.
Commenting on the accolade, Simon Blockley, CEO of Guidant said:
“Now more than ever local authorities are struggling to meet the demands placed on their services due to financial constraints and difficulties recruiting and retaining workers, so to be recognised in these prestigious awards is testament to our people’s dedication to deliver the very best offering to the organisations we serve.
“By forming a strategic partnership with Bedford Borough Council and developing a robust workforce development strategy we have been able to not only reduce year-on-year operational costs, but also improve the outcomes of vulnerable children through the recruitment of high-quality permanent social workers. We look forward to continuing our journey and further assisting the Children’s Services department in improving the lives of children in the Bedford borough.“
To find out more about our partnership with Bedford Borough Council and our work in attracting and retaining high quality social workers, view the case study here.
Watch the moment we found out about our incredible win below: