BRADFORD College is one of the latest certified members of the new West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter.

Created by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin, the Charter is an ambitious new initiative that supports and celebrates great employers across the region.

The Charter welcomes employers of all sizes and across sectors committed to meaningful action, helping provide better pay, conditions, and opportunities for all.

Local employers, trade unions and regional leaders helped to develop the initiative, overseen by a steering group. The Charter is guided by five themes: opportunity, security, wellbeing, fulfilment, and employee voice.

Bradford College met the criteria owing to its aspirational 2022-2026 strategic plan and the strategic objective to become an ‘employer of choice.’

Work is underway to boost staff engagement and attendance levels, offer outstanding learning and development, recruit and retain highly skilled and motivated staff, and offer a great place to work.

Sarah Cooper, Bradford College Director of People Services, said:,“We are delighted to be approved as an early joiner of the West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter. This endorsement of Bradford College’s employment practices commends our ambition of being an employer that offers an exceptional workplace.

“We recently updated all our HR policies and are investing more in learning and development and wellbeing activities - all examples of how we support existing and future employees. We look forward to building on this success and sharing best practice with other regional organisations.”

Mayor Tracy Brabin unveiled the West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter at the University of Bradford in November.

More than 40 businesses and organisations pledged to improve the quality of work in West Yorkshire, with Bradford College being one of the few large employees in the city to achieve this status.

The West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter follows similar charters in other Mayoral Combined Authority areas, such as Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region. It is designed to be relevant to large organisations, as well as small and medium-sized businesses which make up 99per cent of employers in the region.

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Planet Earth Games success for Bradford College Planet Earth Games success for Bradford College (Image: Bradford College)

BRADFORD College is currently sitting in first place against all colleges competing in the Planet Earth Games.

Running from January to April, the Games support climate action as institutions of all types battle it out to help save the planet.

Bradford College is just under 1,000 points clear at the top of the Further Education leaderboard.

To earn points for the College team, students and staff are participating in various challenges, including tree planting, litter picking, and green commuting.

Bradford College Sustainability Lead, Chelsie Naylor, said: “Staff and students are engaging with environmental issues in a positive and tangible way. Winning would put Bradford College on the map and at the heart of conversations with other colleges nationally.

"Lots of people have enjoyed the competitive aspect of the games, and it would be amazing for us to be recognised.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: British Sign Language students at MyLahore British Sign Language students at MyLahore (Image: Bradford College)

BRADFORD College British Sign Language (BSL) students enjoyed a unique learning experience during a recent visit to employer partner MyLahore.

Students tested their knowledge when they used BSL to order meals and communicate with each other. The restaurant outing offered a valuable opportunity to practice vital signing skills in a real-world setting.

Bradford College is leading the way in addressing a growing local demand for BSL. Flexible, part-time courses are tailored to the local community, and students are already demonstrating their new-found abilities in the real world.

Vanessa Phillimore, Bradford College Curriculum Area Manager, said: “Seeing our students confidently order and chat using BSL was truly heart-warming. This experience not only reinforced their learning but also highlighted the importance of inclusivity and understanding everyone’s differences.”

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Find out more about work opportunities at the careers fairFind out more about work opportunities at the careers fair (Image: Bradford College)

A CAREERS and Work Experience Fair hosted at Bradford College will welcome students looking to transform their future. Taking place at the David Hockney Building on April 16, 10am-2pm, the event will showcase prospective employers and universities offering lots of exciting opportunities. Taking part will be more than 30 organisations, such as West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Museums and Galleries, Morgan Sindall, Tilbury Douglas and MyDentist. The Bradford College Apprenticeship Team will be available to discuss opportunities to learn and gain a recognised qualification. Universities include Coventry, Glasgow Caledonian, Leeds Becket, Leeds Trinity, Liverpool Hope, Manchester Met, Newcastle, Sheffield Hallam, the University of Bradford and York St John. Students can come along on the day - no need to book. Employers and higher education providers can request stalls