The Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT) has grown rapidly since first opening its doors in 1999, and this marks the first time that it has featured on the sought-after list.
The Government-funded organisation, headquartered in Cardiff, now oversees a network of over 25 Military Preparation Colleges, Military Preparation Schools and Sports & Fitness Academies across England and Wales and employs more than 100 members of staff.
The Sunday Times’ list is a comprehensive analysis of workplace engagement, opinion and satisfaction in the UK. Alongside its ranking on the list, MPCT has also been awarded the Best Companies’ 3-Star Accreditation status, which represents extraordinary levels of engagement. The announcement was officially made at a ceremony held at London’s Battersea Park.
“To be part of such a prestigious list is a huge achievement for us, and it reaffirms the pride so many of us have working for MPCT,” says Donna Briggs, Director of HR at MPCT. “As a company we have worked hard to create an environment in which our staff can succeed and feel completely engaged. We are proud to achieve such an award after only a year of introducing Best Companies to our staff.”
The Ofsted Outstanding training provider, which offers ‘active learning’ opportunities to 14-19 year olds, also extends this ethos to its employees, going the extra mile to engage and motivate staff.
In the last year alone, this has included a training course delivered in a bunkhouse over four days in the Brecon Beacons, and a meeting with a difference atop the highest mountain in South Wales: staff members were encouraged to write their barriers to success on a 1 inch thick plank of wood, and were then taught the martial art techniques to smash through the wood and these barriers with their bare hands.
Six former learners of MPCT are also now employed by the organisation, working across head office, college and school locations in South Wales.
Michael Toye, who attended the very first Military Preparation College course in Cardiff in 1999, is now the lead instructor in Cardiff. He comments:
“MPCT has made me what I am today, giving me the knowledge, belief and confidence to accomplish what I have in my career. Returning to MPCT after leaving the Army felt like coming home. I knew first-hand the impact it could have, and I wanted to help future generations in the same way. I was positively supported as a student, but now as an instructor I continue to be nurtured and given opportunities to better myself. Everyone at the company is committed to the highest of standards to achieve excellence for all.”
MPCT’s commitment to charitable fundraising and waste reduction also contributed to its place on the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For list, while its emphasis on community involvement impressed judges.
“One of our key priorities is to be an outstanding and inspirational centre within the communities in which we operate, and to give back,” adds Donna Briggs. “Between them, our instructors and young people have carried out over 60,000 hours of community work, ranging from clearing pensioners’ gardens, maintaining war graves and cenotaphs and beach cleaning, to much larger activities such as organising the annual St David’s Day Run in Cardiff and attending the festival of remembrance each November.”
Those interested in finding out more can visit www.mpct.co.uk or call 08442 438438.