Two women and two men smiling to camera, standing outside a large modern YMCA building. The YMCA sign is lit up in gold.

14 June 2023

We’re delighted to announce that YMCA Black Country Group has capped one of its largest ever recruitment drives by securing a prestigious workforce award. YMCA BC was been awarded the Gold Investors in People award, one of the highest standards achievable for training and developing your employees.

Our team had to complete a lengthy assessment process of staff surveys, with more than 150 members of staff interviewed about their roles, their personal development and the culture, which is heavily influenced by our ethos and values. Following this stringent review, Investors in People praised the passion and commitment clearly shown by our employees for the work they do, the trust they have in leaders and how embedded the values are in the language and actions of the YMCA BC. At the heart of everything is making sure our YMCA make a difference in local communities, whether that’s through our day nurseries across the Black Country, the accommodation it provides young people and the youth provision we offer to children between the ages of 5 and 16.

Blantina Chipangura, Executive Head of HR and Ethos at YMCA BC, commented: “We are thrilled to have progressed from Silver in 2020 to the Gold Investors in People award; most importantly, it illustrates we have practices that are engaging our workforce and creating positive outcomes and that we are an excellent place to work.

“Achieving the Gold Award reflects the dedication each member of staff has for the organisation. A happy and committed team is vital in ensuring we continue to deliver a positive impact in the communities we serve, helping young people to overcome challenges and live their best possible life.”

Man, Steve Bavington CEO, smiling to camera infront of a large, gold plaque which reads Gold Investors in People awarded to YMCA Black Country GroupSteve Bavington, CEO of YMCA BC, added his support: “It has been a challenging couple of years following the pandemic and the financial crisis, so to achieve Gold Investors in People is even more impressive.

“We’re so proud to have such a committed and passionate group of individuals living out the YMCA values of trust, compassion, hope and inspire in their day-to-day roles.”

Investors in People is an internationally recognised award to assess how an organisation performs against the “We Invest in People” framework; they advise on improving workplace culture through employee engagement, communication, and best practices.

Steve concluded: “Even with the major recruitment drive last year proving a huge success, we are still looking for more staff to join, including nursery roles (from entry level apprenticeships to qualified practitioners) and a Christian Mission Co-ordinator to foster relationships with local churches and other agencies.”

If you’d like to join an organisation which truly makes a difference to the communities it serves, take a look at our latest opportunities and join our Gold standard team!

A group of diverse ymca staff members holding a selfie frame and smiling about their recent Gold Investors in People award.