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Staff at Gloucestershire business are officially Class People after winning two national awards

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 13 December 2017 8:20

Staff at Gloucestershire business are officially Class People after winning two national awards

Class People is celebrating success after winning two awards at this year’s prestigious IRP Awards.

The Gloucestershire based business matches education professionals with roles in schools across the full span of the curriculum, age groups and abilities for day-to-day cover, long term roles and permanent vacancies.

Said to be “unmatched in prestige”, the IRP (Institute of Recruitment Professionals) Awards are the only recruitment sector awards hosted by the REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation).

The awards are a platform upon which to celebrate the successes of the brightest recruitment professionals and companies within the UK. 

Winning Best Company to Work For (up to 20 employees) and Best Newcomer for Ellis Thorne, Class People has also expanded its operations during the last 12 months with numerous business achievements and undertaken numerous charity fundraising endeavours.

The judges were impressed with the company’s commercials around growth and flexibility offered to its staff, whilst building innovative solutions for its customers.

Lynis Bassett, founder and chief executive officer of Class People, said: “It has been a year of growth for Class People and we have been brave with our decisions to make change.

“Our recent restructure has proved successful, whilst maintaining a strong staff engagement score. Sometimes you need to be brave and take a risk, in this case, it paid off.”

Ellis Thorne, acting team leader for Class People’s Gloucestershire branch, is “one to watch” according to the judges and was a “stand out winner”.

Kevin Green, REC chief executive, said: “Tonight’s winners deserve a huge amount of credit and can be held up as the leading lights within recruitment.

“Recruiters transform lives, and all the companies and individuals showcased this year clearly show the value that our industry delivers every day.”

Class People has recently celebrated its first acquisition – of Teaching Services (SW) Ltd. The business trades as Cover Teachers in the South West of England, and launched a new office in Bournemouth, covering the Dorset and Hampshire area.

Class People, the trading name of LB Education Services, was founded in 2003 by primary school teacher Lynis Bassett.

Headquartered in Cheltenham it now also has offices in Bristol, Swindon, Exeter, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Dorset covering the Midlands and the South West.

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