Ingeus awarded for boosting good employment practices across Greater Manchester

22 May 2023
Human services provider, Ingeus, has been praised by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham after scooping a prestigious award for its work to promote business excellence. Ingeus was honoured at the Greater Manchester Good Employment Awards, which celebrate and promote good employment practices.

The employability specialist was named Partner of the Year for its work with the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter – a voluntary membership scheme that aims to raise employment standards across the region. Ingeus was recognised as being an advocate for the Charter – spreading the message of good work far and wide through its extensive networks.

Held at Manchester’s Whitworth Hall, the second annual ceremony was attended by business and council leaders, along with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. He said the award recognised the hard work, dedication, and commitment that Ingeus has demonstrated towards the Good Employment movement.

“Your leadership and vision have clearly made a significant impact and it is a testament to your dedication that you have been recognised for your efforts,” he added.

The ceremony heard how Ingeus is always willing to lend a hand to support the Charter’s work with its insight and facilities. Ingeus actively encourages its partners, suppliers, and employers to join the Charter and has hosted a series of Share and Learn sessions for the movement, helping a variety of local employers to become involved.

Alexia Rhodes, the Charter’s Learning and Network Manager, said: “The Charter has often been described as a ‘movement’ and to achieve that sort of initiative relies on many different people and organisations playing a part in moving the agenda forward.

“Ingeus is not only a very good employer themselves, but they have become great advocates for the Charter, spreading the message of good work. Nothing is ever too much trouble.”

Ingeus Local Integration Leads, Ian Hawley and Loraine Campbell, were at the awards, not knowing the company had been earmarked for recognition. They were overwhelmed to win: 

“We feel a huge level of pride,” said Ian. “We support the Charter and encourage everyone to join it to show a level of commitment to their employees, not for an award or recognition but because it is the right thing to do.”

Loraine added: “We are so, so thrilled to have been nominated and to have won.
“The growing numbers of organisations joining the Charter is testimony that businesses in Greater Manchester want to be good employers and for Ingeus to be central to that is fabulous.”

Ingeus helps people find jobs, improve their health and wellbeing, and make a positive contribution to their communities. It is a signatory to national diversity movements including the Race at Work Charter; Stonewall; the Armed Forces Covenant; the Mindful Employer charter; the Menopause Workplace Pledge, and the Real Living Wage commitment. It is also a Disability Confident Leader, has an active Health and Wellbeing strategy, and has closed its gender pay gap. 

The Mayor said Ingeus directly contributed to the prosperity of the region and that he was proud to see businesses like it leading the way in creating good employment opportunities for residents.

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