ESS Wins People and Training Award at the Foodservice Cateys

25 October 2022

The ESS team were delighted to win the People and Training Award at the recent Foodservice Cateys. The award recognised an innovative approach to the company’s most valuable asset – its people. The submission covered a variety of initiatives, including:

Supporting the Physical and Mental Wellbeing of Colleagues

  • New initiatives including an HSE culture change programme, mental health first aider training, health MOTs and mindful moments toolbox talks for teams
  • Resources including wellness action plans, free subscription membership for the ilumen™ wellness application and healthier mind collateral and webinars
  • Facilities such as wellness rooms and gardens

Improving Access to Work

  • Collaboration with organisations such as Tower Project, Foxes Academy and Shaw Trust to empower people with disabilities to gain greater independence and give a wider range of candidates access to roles within the business

Addressing Staff / Skills Shortages

  • Engagement with local schools to encourage young people to consider roles in the industry, as well as the provision of careers advice and information for college and university students
  • Proactively promoting apprenticeships within the business, with 93 colleagues currently studying and a further 98 successfully completing qualifications in the last three years

Championing Diversity & Inclusion

  • Playing an active role in Compass’ D&I networks, including six ESS directors volunteering for the company’s first ‘Reverse Mentoring’ programme to create a shared understanding of the barriers, challenges and opportunities for colleagues from ethnic minority groups

Enhancing Customer Wellbeing

  • Delivery of health and wellbeing workshops to customers and participation in client health fairs and events
  • Production of publicly available content to promote health and wellbeing across multiple channels, including a monthly newsletter and webinars available at YouTube-WeAreESS