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City of Wolverhampton College has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of its remarkable turnaround over the last few years.

The college’s HR department has been nominated for Personnel Today’s Award for Managing Change.

Two years ago the college was graded as inadequate by Ofsted and was struggling with funding cuts that had also affected other educational establishments across the country.

The HR team introduced a number of measures to transform the culture of the college and help it improve. These included developing a HR strategy based around employee engagement, improving communications with staff, building better relationships with unions and creating a new brand for recruitment activity.

As a result the college is now used by the Association of Colleges as an example of best practice for engagement and was recently awarded the prestigious Investors in People gold award.

HR Director Karen O’Reilly said: “I’m delighted that the HR department has been recognised for the way it helped bring about organisational change and contributed to the massive turnaround the college has experienced over the last few years.”

Personnel Today editor Rob Moss said: “Well done for everyone who has made the shortlist – they have beaten off some stiff competition.”

Winners will be announced on Monday 30th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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