TransPennine Express (TPE) has become the first train operator to achieve Investors in People (IiP) Gold accreditation against the latest sixth generation version of the people management Standard.
The company, which is one of the fastest growing train operators in the UK employing more than 1,000 colleagues was also recognised for its approach to workplace wellbeing with the Health & Wellbeing Award.
External assessors visited TPE and interviewed drivers, conductors, station staff and managers from across the business. Health and wellbeing was also recognised as a particular strength and TPE received a special award for its focus in this area.
IiP is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the IiP framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry.
Launched in late 2015, the sixth generation IiP Standard enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.
Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate TransPennine Express on their Investors in People Gold accreditation and Health and Wellbeing Award. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success and TransPennine Express should be extremely proud of their achievement.”
Steve Burrows, Managing Director of Investors in People North of England delivered by IDG said: “This is a fantastic achievement for TransPennine Express and I would like to congratulate all of the team. We believe that your people make the difference and by investing in them you are looking to create sustainable success. IIP is designed to help organisations and their people to realise potential, providing a simple road map for excellence. With their Gold accreditation against the sixth generation Standard and focus on workplace wellbeing, TransPennine Express is certainly working to realise their people potential.”
Commenting on the award, Sue Whaley, Human Resources Director for TransPennine Express said: “This is excellent news and I’m proud that we’ve been recognised and are the first train operator to achieve this version of the national accreditation.
“We are committed to providing an excellent service for customers across the North and it’s vital that we invest in our people, ensuring they have the skills and tools they need to be able to do this.”