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We understand when applying for your first job, making a career change or looking for your next opportunity choosing a new employer is an important decision. In order to make your decision easier, here’s why you will want to work for us…

As an innovative and passionate employer Great Places are always working to continuously to improve and grow our business, leading to greater opportunities for roles and progression across a variety of job sectors.

We work hard to recruit the right people to our business, focusing equally on the necessary skills and knowledge needed for the role but also the attitude and behaviours of the person. To understand more about what’s important to us, take a look at our behavioural competency framework.

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Reward and Recognition

As a passionate employer, who values the effort of all colleagues, Great Places offers a wide range of rewards and benefits, alongside a number of staff engagement initiatives:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Excellent pension options
  • Great holidays
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Season ticket loans
  • Childcare vouchers

  • Celebration events
  • Team away days
  • Colleague conferences
  • Charity days
  • Social Purpose Activities.

  • Colleague Awards
For more information on our wide range of benefits and activities please view our full

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Learning and Development

We firmly believe in investing in our people and as such offer a wide range of development opportunities to all of our colleagues.

We take a blended approach to developing our people, offering a wide range of face to face training, supported by innovative e-learning modules. This approach ensures learning activities are relevant, easily accessible and engaging.

Great Places deliver a comprehensive induction programme that helps you understand our organisation and what to expect in your new role. Each induction plan is tailored to ensure that the training we offer provides you with the right skills and knowledge to excel within your new role.

As standard, you can expect to cover -

  • Corporate Information –our history & future ambitions, what’s important to us and where to go for help.
  • Customer Service Training – As a member of the Institute of Customer Service, our service standards are extremely important to us. This is why you will complete an accredited customer service training programme as part of your corporate induction, before progressing on to complete one of the Institute of Customer Service professional qualifications.
  • Systems Training – within your first month you will receive both formal and on the job training to ensure you understand each of the systems you need to use within your role.
  • Compliance Training – including health and safety training for all colleagues, and any role specific training that may be required as part of your job.
  • eLearning - We have a fantastic range of eLearning modules which are accessible to all colleagues, at any time - on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile phone. Our eLearning offer provides you with hundreds of bitesized modules, covering a huge variety of personal development and sector specific topics.

Your personalised induction plan will also include your role related training and relevant meet and greets with key contacts, teams and stakeholders.

We  offer a wide range of face to face training and e-learning modules as standard. Our management development programme, Leading Greatness, has seen a huge investment into all of our people managers; we are currently working on a revised version of this to form the basis of our talent development programme.

We  offer opportunities for colleagues to gain exposure to training and have a number of Training Champions who help us to deliver quality training across the organisation. This includes safeguarding, dementia friends, customer service and read and write (a support system that ensure all of our colleagues and customers are able to access and engage with our online content effectively).

Great Places truly believes that our managers are critical to our overall success. As such we provide a comprehensive, 18 month development programme to all of our people managers. Our Leading Greatness programme is based around 9 key themes ensuring a consistent message across all tiers of the programme.

Within this programme you will –

  • Complete pre and post course 360 feedback and self-evaluation to help track your own learning journey.
  • Increase your self-awareness in relation to style, motivation and approach, utilising the Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI) profiling tool.
  • Develop your coaching skills through completion of two coaching workshops, supported by a 6 month practical coaching assignment.
  • Explore your role in supporting our values led journey of change, by increasing your focus on change management, stress and resilience and the Kotter 8-step project management model.

The programme also covers Strategic Thinking, Communication and Influencing, Problem Solving, Managing Performance and your own Personal Leadership Brand.

We recruit great talent to keep it! Due to the varied nature of our business combined with our commitment to growth, employees have the opportunity to develop their skills across a variety of job sectors, or pursue a dedicated career path.

We achieve this through…

  • Supporting your professional development  Institute of Customer Service accredited training, supporting professional development through apprenticeship and qualifications
  • Advertising our vacancies internally and offering secondment opportunities when temporary cover is required.  

To find out more about what it is like to work for Great Places.

We recruit great talent to keep it! Due to the varied nature of our business combined with our commitment to growth, employees have the opportunity to develop this skills across a variety of job sectors, or pursue a dedicated career path. We achieve this through advertising our vacancies internally and offering secondment opportunities when temporary cover is required.  To find out more about what it is like to work for Great Places click here.