Big-name companies attend Telford College business event

Published: October 25, 2017

Some of Shropshire’s biggest employers attended a special event at Telford College which explained how to create a ‘high performance culture’ in the workplace.

The event, held in the Orange Tree restaurant on the college’s Haybridge Road campus, was run in conjunction with the Pacific Institute, which specialises in ‘creating mindsets for high performance’ and unleashing the full potential of staff.

Among the companies represented were GKN, Palethorpes, Greenhous Group, Interserve, Telford & Wrekin Council, Southwater Event Group, Syspal, and Shropshire Chamber of Commerce.

The event began with an introduction from the college’s chairman of governors, Paul Hinkins, who explained the ‘student-first’ approach of the merger between New College Telford, and Telford College of Arts and Technology.

He showcased the college’s Orange Tree training restaurant, which is opening to the public once a week under the management of a chef who has worked at Michelin starred restaurants.

And he also explained the ¬£15 million investment in the college’s industry-standard engineering, robotics, automotive and manufacturing facilities, tailored to the needs of local firms.

“We want to significantly contribute to the economic development and regeneration of Telford and Wrekin, and the region as a whole, and inspire the next generation of pioneers and entrepreneurs” he said.

Beth Parsons and Andy Massey from the Pacific Institute then spelled out the key tools for creating a high performance culture, saying: “Shared beliefs and values guide the way we think and behave in the organisation.”

They explained why the philosophy, mindset, and working practices of a company boss were crucial in influencing the attitude and performance of staff.

Carol Smith, director of employer engagement at Telford College, said: “This was an employer and college partnership event to highlight how we can work together to develop learning communities for mutual growth and prosperity.

“We want to involve employers in the development of the Telford College vision, strategic objectives and curriculum so that our students gain the skills to meet the needs of local businesses.

“We aim to be the college of choice for employers and universities – and the way to achieve this is by working closely with employers to become part of their talent management and recruitment strategies.”

The college also invited employers to sign up to ‘The Telford Way’, a two-way partnership with local companies, which have been invited to sign up as either gold, silver or bronze partners – reflecting the time and resources they are able to commit.

For more information about The Telford Way, contact or call 01952 642452.