Creative technologies (CreaTech) start-up, iungo Solutions, was named Culture Pioneer of Learning at the HRZone’s virtual Culture Pioneer Awards 2021 on 18th November.
The Culture Pioneer Awards was designed to celebrate the heroes of culture change within Learning, Wellbeing, Inclusion and Innovation. The Learning award recognises companies that champion a culture where business critical skills and capabilities are developed and harnessed.
iungo Solutions’ ‘AAA’ recruitment framework hires people based on their Attitude, Aptitude and Ambition, rather than their previous experience and knowledge. This helps prevent unconscious bias from impacting hiring decisions and supports iungo’s mission to boost social mobility.
The start-up also launched its pioneering policy ‘Everyone is an Apprentice’, which enables all employees to invest in themselves with an apprenticeship (without the terrible pay package). Based on employee feedback, the company is now also enabling portfolio careers to help their people fulfil their broader professional objectives.
The combination of these processes allows iungo’s team to operate in varying capacities and to continue building their expertise within the industry..
iungo’s Chief Executive, Jessica Leigh Jones MBE, said: “To be recognised for our unique approach to career development and named Culture Pioneer of Learning is a huge achievement for us. We believe that supporting our employees to develop portfolio careers – rather than prohibiting them as in many corporate employment contracts – will help them to develop their skills, improve their employee experience, and make them more likely to stay and give their all to our mission.”
The CreaTech company was also nominated for the Innovation award, which celebrates out-of-box thinking and employee-led idea generation. Something encouraged throughout the company.
The Culture Pioneer judges were impressed with the passion, creativity and bold approaches iungo spearheaded in a testing period: “At a time of hard-pressed start-up and scaling ambitions for iungo, it feels like innovation was fuelling every key decision and applied way of working,” says Culture Pioneers Judge Perry Timms.