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Barry College first in Wales to achieve Investors in People status for Leadership & Management

Barry College has become the first college in Wales to be accredited with the coveted Investors in People Leadership and Management Model.


Barry College was first awarded IiP status in 2007 and has been re-accredited this year. The College decided to enhance its original accreditation by working towards the Leadership and Management model.

College subsidiary the Vale of Glamorgan Training Association, the largest college-based work-based learning provider in Wales, has also been re-accredited with IiP status and has gained the Leadership and Management Model.

The model, one of three enhancements to IiP status, comprises a framework for ensuring Barry College has the most effective leadership possible and that managers are role models for improvement and development.

Barry College Principal Paul Halstead said: “Employees are the greatest asset to any organisation and it is important to recognise the role that staff play, especially in a labour intensive environment such as further education. The College has one aim – to be an excellent College, and this enhanced IiP status is yet another way of working towards that goal.”

He added: “The model will help the College ensure top managers are not only committed to effective leadership and management but know what it looks like, take steps to practise it themselves and – most importantly – use it to improve the performance of the College.”

The IiP standard is a national benchmark which recognises improving business performance and competitiveness through the effective management and development of employees. It recognises an organisation’s commitment to its employees while meeting business objectives and improving business performance.

Inspectors noted how all staff were fully aware of and committed to the College’s mission and core values, and how the highly visible and approachable management had helped achieve this awareness.

“While working towards this accreditation we have made many improvements in the organisation in our journey to be an excellent College,” Paul Halstead explained.

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