Blaenau Ffestiniog based engineering company D and C Jones has been awarded Exemplar Employer status by gender equality charity Chwarae Teg for its work in improving its workplace culture and practices.

D and C Jones have taken part in Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 project which is fully funded by the European Social Fund and Welsh Government.  The Agile Nation 2 project helps women to achieve and prosper by working with employers to implement modern working practices to improve equality, diversity and sustainability.

Chwarae Teg’s Exemplar Employer award recognises a business’s commitment to fair and flexible working practices, and businesses that have fostered an environment which has resulted in a positive impact on employees and the business as a whole.

Vicky Bushell from Chwarae Teg said:

“D and C Jones have shown real commitment and dedication to improving the equality, diversity and sustainability of their business from the start.  The company has worked with Chwarae Teg through the Agile Nation 2 project to improve their working practices and performance management systems and workplace communications.  As a result of the equality, diversity and flexible working policies that D and C now have in place, they have attained the ‘achieving’ level of the Exemplar Employer award – something which is thoroughly deserved. Being a part of Agile Nation 2 has really supported the company in embedding these policies into the culture of the workforce, and set some firm foundations to support the future growth of their business.”

Darren Jones from D and C Jones said:

“We are delighted to have received the Exemplar Employer award from Chwarae Teg.  As a result of working with Chwarae Teg on the Agile Nation 2 project we have successfully implemented changes to our working practices.  This demonstrates our on-going commitment to our employees and our efforts to provide meaningful, unbiased and diverse employment opportunities for mutual benefit.  

“We believe that the policies we have developed and introduced, plus the knowledge gained from attending funded workshops will raise the profile of our business and help us achieve our business and help us achieve our targeted business and employment growth.  This will be achieved by implementing processes for recruitment, employment and monitoring.”