GSS first gained recognition in 1997, being one of the first architectural practices in the UK to be awarded this accolade. The practice has been re-assessed every three years to prove ongoing compliance with the standard. The detailed assessment involved individual interviews with the team, as well as members of Senior Management and a number of Partners. GSS Architecture achieved 100 per cent participation from their team for the online survey assessments, which is above the national average (between 75-77 per cent).
William Assheton, Partner at GSS, sai: “The Investors in People standard helps to link people development and skills acquisition to the specific aims and objectives of a business. By assessing and improving the performance of employees, Investors in People provides a framework to help businesses manage change and enhance success.”
“We typically find that clients regard our Investors in People status as a very important indicator that we run our business in the most effective and efficient way, and that we really support the development and wellbeing of everyone at GSS.” said Will, “We’re delighted with the outstanding level of participation from our team, which shows a real willingness from everyone to help the Practice perform at its best.”
As recognised Investors in People, GSS continue to offer educational and training opportunities to all staff. Nine members of staff are currently undertaking student year-out placements, studying part-time to become fully qualified or on apprenticeship schemes or work experience, working within architecture, architectural technology, quantity surveying, project management, graphics design, ICT and business administration.
The Practice has a long history of providing opportunities, training and support in the profession, and has recently celebrated several successes, including three members of the team who, supported by GSS, have recently completed their Part III qualification, making them fully qualified Chartered Architects.