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[ 08-10-2010 ]

Prestwick-based aero engine overhaul and repair firm GE Caledonian have today celebrated twin recognition of the leading role they have played in promoting a healthy workforce and reaping the social and economic rewards.  Professor Dame Carol Black, UK National Director for Health and Work, presented GE Caledonian with their Healthy Working Lives (HWL) Gold Award, which recognises the firm’s long term commitment to promoting Healthy Working Lives as an integral part of their business and development.  This award complements their ‘Health Ahead’ award, of which GE Caledonian is one of the first three recipients amongst the company’s worldwide operations, demonstrating a truly world class approach to the health and wellbeing of their workforce. 

Presenting the Healthy Working Lives Gold Awards, Professor Dame Carol Black said: 

“GE Caledonian’s success in winning the Health Working Lives Gold Award is testament to the firm’s commitment to its most valuable asset - its staff.” 

“The company has brought in a range of simple, but effective measures that gives everyone working for them a way to improve their health and wellbeing, and which in the long term cuts sickness absence and creates a more productive workforce. 

“GE Caledonian is a shining example of what an employer can achieve in the workplace to the benefit of both employees and the business.” 

Alan Kelly, Managing Director of GE Caledonian, said:

“All of us at GE Caledonian are delighted by the news. Receiving our Healthy Working Lives gold award today was tremendous recognition of everyone’s hard work and continued commitment to the health and wellbeing of our employees.

“It was a privilege and our pleasure to have Dame Carol Black on site in Prestwick and her support for our health programmes is greatly appreciated. We have been on our health journey since 2007, and today’s event was both recognition of our efforts and motivation for our future plans.” 

Aileen Simpson, Assistant Director/Head of Delivery, Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, said: 

“Achieving this Gold Award reflects the high standards GE Caledonian has set in supporting the health and wellbeing of its staff. Throughout Scotland there are currently 1,200 organisations involving over 730,000 employees engaged in the Award Programme and supported by Healthy Working Lives Advisers.  Employers are increasingly aware of the business benefits of investing in staff health and wellbeing and by engaging in the Award Programme they can develop a tailored approach which suits their workplace.”  

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC), said: 

“Scottish Chambers of Commerce are committed to working with the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives to communicate the benefits of a healthy workforce to employers.  Over the past year, SCC and HWL have established a strong partnership aimed, in particular, at raising awareness of occupational health issues among small businesses and encouraging firms to seek the support on offer from HWL to take their commitment to their staff to the next level.  GE Caledonian have demonstrated a world class commitment to the support of their staff and the HWL Gold Award is richly deserved.  They have demonstrated they are truly world leaders in the development and creation of a  healthy environment and healthy employees.  An exemplar for others to follow as we all seek to ensure Scottish business is competitive.”