Former England captain Mike Gatting has congratulated the GCB on
achieving the Investors in People Standard for staff development and training.
The Board is the first organisation of its type to be awarded the
mark, which is given to businesses who go the extra mile to look after their
Mike, who is now managing director of cricket partnerships
at the ECB said: "Being awarded the Investors In People mark is a fantastic
achievement for the GCB. As the first county board to achieve this, it has set
the standard for the way our boards and clubs support their staff and I hope
others will follow in its footsteps"
The GCB currently has seven full-time employees and more than 50
part-time and casual workers ranging from coaches to tutors and administrative
staff. During the accreditation process Investors In People specialist Dave
Peglar highlighted a number of strengths including a committed approach to
staff development, use of external coaches and clear aims, values and strategic
Mike said: "Employing a mixture of full, part-time and
freelance staff across a variety of areas, our boards face a challenge to
integrate and motivate their workforce and it is particularly pleasing to see
the GCB being singled out for its leadership, teamwork and a shared commitment to achieving its goals"
"Over the last few
years the GCB has gone from strength to strength and has led the way on a
number of different projects and it is great to see them continuing to do so.
They can feel rightly proud of what has been achieved."
Since its inception in the late 1980s more than 22,000 businesses
in the UK have received the Investors In People Standard. The accreditation is
awarded to well-run organisations which demonstrate good management practice
with a high emphasis on developing and supporting their staff. The standard
also encourages growth, profitability and efficiency.