Award double success for AVDC
Archived press release
Date Published: 25/09/08
The council's Gateway offices
Aylesbury Vale District Council has scooped two awards for being a good employer.
For the second successive year, AVDC has been officially named as one of the top 25 local authorities to work for in the country.
The announcement was made on 18 September at a special London awards ceremony organised by The Times newspaper and Best Companies.
To be a finalist in The Times ‘Best Councils to Work For’ competition represents a significant achievement for AVDC, and followed an independent staff survey and assessment of the council’s working practices.
In addition to being named one of the best councils to work for, AVDC has also won the right to continue using the ‘two ticks’ disability symbol following a review by Jobcentre Plus. The symbol recognises employers who are committed to the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees.
This includes ensuring to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy, to meet at least once a year with disabled employees to discuss how to develop their skills and ensure that all staff develop the appropriate level of disability awareness.
Councillor John Cartwright, Leader of the Council, said: “I am delighted we have won national recognition for being a good employer. We place a high priority on ensuring the council is a positive place to work, where each and every one of our employees feels valued, respected and treated equally and fairly. Having a happy and motivated workforce is a vital factor in providing good quality services to the local community, something I firmly believe we do.”