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A school in Leeds has helped a communications service provider find its way into a national accolade shortlist.

Thebigword has been shortlisted as a finalist in the inaugural Investors in People Awards ‘Best School and Business Partnership’ category, thanks to its work with Roundhay School in Leeds, through the Ahead Partnership’s ‘Make the Grade’ programme.

The Awards, which received more than 500 entries from all over the UK and different sectors, will celebrate the best people management practices amongst Investors in People accredited businesses.

DELIGHTED: (L-R) Mentors Luke Sullivan, Craig Booth, Stevie Westerman, Pervinder Rehal, Karen Milner with students from Roundhay School in Leeds

DELIGHTED: (L-R) Mentors Luke Sullivan, Craig Booth, Stevie Westerman, Pervinder Rehal, Karen Milner with students from Roundhay School in Leeds

Thebigword, a global, technology-enabled language solution provider, employs nearly 500 people based in 12 offices in nine countries, working with more than 12,000 linguists worldwide.

As part of its work with Ahead Partnership – Thebigword has been sending volunteer mentors to Roundhay School to help Year 9 and 10 children fulfil their potential and raise awareness of opportunities and future choices.

Mentors have assisted pupils with interview skills, and have held careers talks at Roundhay School. Students have also been encouraged to consider careers in languages.

Karen Milner, HR Director for Thebigword, said: “This is the first year of the three-year programme we’ve signed up to with the school, and we hope it continues well beyond that because it has been so successful and rewarding.

“Activities like these really bind our staff to thebigword because we demonstrate investment in them and give them the paid time-off work that enables them to give something back to the communities they grew up in.”

The Best School and Business Partnership category recognises best practice and innovation in establishing a strong partnership between a school and employer, and a strong creative approach which brings tangible benefits to both parties.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number and calibre of entries received for the inaugural Investors in People Awards.

“It’s fantastic to see so many organisations nominated, demonstrating great people management practice and a commitment to staff development. thebigword and Roundhay School should be extremely proud.”

Investors in People is the UK's leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.

Winners of the Investors in People Awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held on 23rd June at London’s Landmark Hotel.

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