Minister delivers the gold standard

 

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Pictured at the presentation are:
Hilary Cuthbertson; Sharon McKeen; Helen Probart; Bill Wright, Mike Russell MSP, Chairman Graham Houston, Neil MacGowan, Heather Cornwall, Chief Executive Janet Brown and Sarah Harris.

Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning visited SQA's offices in Dalkeith to congratulate staff on their achievement of the gold award from Healthy Working Lives.

SQA has been recognised for the work it does helping staff adopt healthier lifestyles.

The gold award acknowledges the work carried out helping staff make informed decisions about healthy lifestyle choices and socially responsible working practices.

Mr Russell, said: “Healthy Working Lives exists to ensure employers, employees and all our partner agencies come together to create a healthy and motivated workforce across the country.

“This award shows that SQA are at the forefront of helping their staff to make healthy choices which leaves them in an excellent position to carry out their role as Scotland’s Qualifications Authority.”

Dr Janet Brown, SQA chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Our staff in Dalkeith and Glasgow are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles that are easy to adopt in the home and the work place.

“From providing co-workers with opportunities to discuss aspects of their lifestyle they’d like to improve to encouraging colleagues to reduce the impact their working practices have on the local environment, we’ve been able to demonstrate the measures being taken to help improve the health and well-being of all our staff.”

SQA submitted an extensive portfolio of evidence to the Healthy Working Lives assessment panel, demonstrating the organisation’s three year commitment to developing health promotion and safer practices in the workplace.