Care UK’s Human Resources Director Leah Queripel
A highly regarded competition to find some of the best employers in the country has demonstrated that Care UK is in the top three for the way it helps its team members to learn and develop their skills.
Care UK was awarded the bronze medal in the UK Employee Experience Awards under the Employee Training and Development category for its commitment to all colleagues in developing a fulfilling career through clear career ladders, comprehensive inductions, a diverse range of apprenticeships and innovative development programmes.
The awards are open to all types of business and Care UK shares the top three slots with the bank TSB and the London and North East Railway company. Care UK was the only social care provider to win in this year’s Employee Experience Awards.
This is the second year that Care UK’s commitment to its employees has been recognised at the same awards – in 2020 it picked up a silver award in the Best Company to Work For category.
Commenting on the award after attending the online ceremony, Care UK’s Human Resources Director Leah Queripel said: “We are incredibly proud to have our approach to developing our colleagues recognised in this way. We have a strong ‘grow your own’ ethos and a great many of our home managers and directors have developed their career paths from team member through to their current senior role thanks to the development opportunities we offer.
“I truly believe that this recognition reflects the fact that society is finally realising that social care offers a great career for people who want to learn valuable skills as well as make a difference to the lives of older people. And, for those who aspire to climb a career ladder to a very senior level, we can help people to make that happen through our leadership development programmes.”
Care UK is trusted by families to care for around 6,500 residents, mostly older people, many living with dementia and it has more care homes rated as Outstanding than any other provider. That level of trust and quality is very much down to having engaged and highly trained colleagues who care for residents 365 days a year in 124 homes.
The UK Employee Experience Awards reward outstanding initiatives that have improved the world of work. Leading organisations understand that enhancing the employee experience leads to happier colleagues and better customer experience. These awards recognise that ambition and are open to any employer in the country.
The awards are one of the most rigorously judged employee experience awards in the country with at least 5 independent judges per category and each entry is scored at least 10 times. Other shortlisted employers in the 2021 awards included airlines, banks, universities, motor manufacturers and insurance companies.