We are extremely proud to launch our Value for Money Annual Assurance Statement 2013/14, which outlines how we aim to provide value for money to all our stakeholders.
Our Annual Assurance Statement explains how we achieve value for money and how it is embedded in our business, showing how we can use value for money to deliver our agreed priorities.
We consider value for money from four key perspectives – customers, corporate, commercial and community.
Highlights of our work include achieving efficiencies of £6.2 million last year, investing £686 million to improve 31,000 properties to the ‘Wakefield Standard’, completing 68,000 same-day repairs and reducing employee sickness by 40% in the last six years.
Through our Annual Assurance Statement we set ourselves ambitious targets for the coming year which will help us to continue providing value for money as we work towards our strategic objectives.
Our Annual Assurance Statement has been launched following consultation with all our stakeholders. Although this consultation is currently closed, you can continue to have your say on what value for money means to you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Two WDH employees have taken part in a job swap as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge - a national competition to find the Apprentice Team of the Year.
To win the competition, teams of nine apprentices must promote vocational education and raise the profile of Apprenticeships.
Brandon Kane, an Apprentice Joiner, is one of nine apprentices that form WDH’s apprentice team. He recently traded roles with Tracy Tallant, WDH’s Service Director - Human Resources.
As part of the job swap, Brandon attended HR and management meetings alongside Tracy, learning how the business works and how Tracy’s team support employees in their roles. Tracy then donned a hard hat and personal protective equipment to carry out joinery work alongside Brandon at Hatfeild Court, one of the latest WDH Independent Living Schemes to undergoing major improvement works.
Tracy said: “The day has been fantastic, and we’ve both learnt a lot. Brandon is an excellent apprentice and has shown first-hand just how highly skilled our trade apprentices are. Apprenticeships aren’t just a great way to learn valuable skills, they’re an opportunity to earn while you learn, and we’re delighted to have them.”
Speaking about his apprenticeship at WDH, Brandon said: "My apprenticeship is great. I have excellent prospects, good holidays, and get to work with fantastic people."