Congrats to KU 2017 Employer of Choice

Published on Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Last updated on Thursday, 21 January 2021

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Huge props to early childhood provider KU Children's Services, which has been recognised as an Employer of Choice at the 2017 Australian Business Awards.

This prestigious award acknowledges organisations, which have developed leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

In 2016 KU was the first early education provider to ever win the award last year, and with another gong this year, that makes it two in a row!

In an industry plagued by high staff turnover rates and staff shortages KU has built a workforce of 2,000 employees across more than 140 services, KU CEO Christine Legg said KU is delighted with the win.

…As a sector leader with over 120 years of experience in early education, we have long recognised our employees as key to our on-going success. Together, we are driven by the passionate pursuit of quality early education and encourage others to join us as we work to ensure that every child can experience a high quality early childhood education, where they can connect, wonder, explore and discover,… said Ms Legg.

Program Director of the Australian Business Awards, Ms Tara Johnston, said the awards recognise an organisations' human resource management practices and the role they have in driving success.

…Innovative human resource management practices play an increasingly important role in sustaining leading edge competitiveness for organisations in times of rapid change and increased competition. There is a close relationship between innovation and employee engagement. Engaged employees often perform at a higher level and bring dedication and interest to their job, which often leads to innovation in the workplace.…

To apply for the award KU was required to demonstrate achievements across the key areas of

  • Organisational Culture and Leadership
  • Employee Education, Training and Development
  • Employee Health, Safety and Satisfaction
  • Performance Management; and Recognition and Remuneration.

KU have forged the way for other early childhood providers to apply for the award and we hope to report on this next year!

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