Central Teams Development Day

By Fiona Wilkins - September 8th, 2023 | Posted in Article

The Central Teams Development Day was a fantastic opportunity for staff to get away from their screens for the day, network with colleagues and think more about the bigger picture of the support staff provide to colleagues in College centres and academies across the Trust.

John Prior, CEO of the Trust opened the event with a short history of the Trust’s development over the last ten years and our future strategic direction.

Awards were presented to staff members who had gone above and beyond to live the OHC&AT values as nominated by their colleagues.

There was also a presentation ‘Making Sense of Autism’ by Dan and Holly Wilkes who work Carew Academy, which gave colleagues an insight into working with autistic students and staff to ensure they can thrive.

After lunch staff split into teams and were tasked with coming up with a pitch to the OHC&AT ‘Dragons Den’ for a campaign, logo and presentation to celebrate 40 years of Orchard Hill College and the Trust’s Tenth anniversary. Staff threw themselves into this fun activity with gusto and made full use of the props and accessories provided.

Everyone then had the opportunity to choose three breakout sessions which covered the Employee Assistance programme, pensions, staff benefits, training and professional development, wellbeing and mindfulness, and pay scales and structures.

Michelle Brennan, Head of HR, presented headlines from the recent staff survey and Laurie Cornwell, deputy CEO closed the day by thanking staff for their important contribution to OHC&AT.

Feedback from the day was extremely positive and we look forward to getting together again soon.