Wealden District Council was one of the first local authorities in England to achieve Investor in People status in November 1991 and in June 2009, it gained the award for the seventh consecutive time.
In June 2009 the award was received again in recognition of the Council's continuing achievement against the Investors in People national standard. This standard sets a level of good practice for the training and development of people to achieve corporate objectives and thereby improve an organisation's performance through its people.
The national standard against which the Council is assessed is based on a number of key principles, which are in turn underpinned by a number of indicators.
The 2009 award recognised the high level of commitment and involvement by Wealden managers in motivating, informing, training and developing staff. It also reflects the work of the Human Resources department in the development of effective policies, procedures and Learning and Development strategies.
The benefits to the Council focus on the ongoing strategy of investing in the development of employees thereby enabling the Council to achieve its corporate objectives. The award also contributes to the Council's efforts to recruit and retain high calibre staff and continue to provide a quality service to the community.