Gower College Swansea has been recognised by Welsh Government for the high standard of health and wellbeing of its staff through successfully achieving the Gold Corporate Health Standard award.
Run by the Welsh Government through Healthy Working Wales, the Corporate Health Standard (CHS) is the quality mark for workplace health promotion in Wales. The standard recognises good practice and targets key preventable ill-health issues and the Health Challenge Wales priorities.
Feedback from the assessment team included comments such as: “wellbeing is part of the DNA here,” “you are supportive, ambitious, sophisticated and outstanding” and “you are well on your way to being a beacon of good practice for wellbeing.”
Gower College Swansea’s Director of Human Resources Sarah King said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved the Gold Corporate Health Standard. This is testament to the team work, dedication and support from across the College in driving the wellbeing agenda forward.”
Principal of the College Mark Jones said: “The health and wellbeing of our staff and students is of utmost importance to us at Gower College Swansea. I am so proud of our staff for their efforts in promoting these values and we will continue to focus on doing so in the coming years.”
Gower College Swansea focuses on maintaining and promoting a high quality of health and wellbeing in the workplace. This year, they supported, amongst others, the Time To Talk campaign, Hydration Week campaign, Back Care Week and National No Smoking Day with Help Me Quit Wales. They also held a talk on menopause in the workplace with Nicki Williams.
Some of their priorities going forward include the Green Travel Plan comprising of a car share scheme, payment of cycling mileage expenses and the promotion of free road safety training for cyclists. They will also be continuing to support staff with mental health conditions in the workplace.