Forth Valley College makes pledge for staff

Forth Valley College pays the Living Wage and does not use zero hours contracts
Forth Valley College pays the Living Wage and does not use zero hours contracts

Forth Valley College has become the first in the country to make the Scottish Business Pledge with no zero hours contract employees.

The Falkirk-based college is the only one in Scotland which has made the pledge meaning it has to pay its staff at least the Living Wage (£7.85 per hour), which it has already committed to, and have no workers on zero hours contracts.

Other stipulations the college has met include supporting progressive workforce engagement, investing in youth, ensuring it has a balanced workforce, pursuing international business opportunities, having an innovation programme, playing an active role in the community and committing to prompt payment.

Andrew Lawson, the college’s associate principal, said: “We are delighted to be the first and only college in Scotland to have made the Scottish Business Pledge and are very proud of the commitments we have made in achieving this.

“In this day and age it is essential for organisations to treat staff as well as possible and commit to conditions that reflect how much they are valued and respected. By making the Scottish Business Pledge we want to show that Forth Valley College is a mature, professional, progressive, forward thinking and innovative place to work.”

The pledge is a Scottish Government initiative. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Forth Valley College is the first college to make a pledge, and this speaks clearly to the ambition and innovation which underpins their success. This Pledge underlines the importance of fair and progressive business policies.”