Two Lanarkshire opticians are among the first in Scotland to have been recognised for outstanding people management standards and both received a Platinum Employer Award.

Specsavers Airdrie and Coatbridge recently welcomed joint group CEO John Perkins to each store who presented them with this externally validated accreditation.

The overall aim of Platinum Employer is to recognise a business for providing a great overall employee experience. The scheme focuses on five key areas which are talent management, recruitment and induction, performance management and reward, learning and development and lastly employee communications and engagement.

Airdrie and Coatbridge are among the first

John Perkins said: ‘The Platinum Employer initiative is one that Specsavers fully supports and we hope that over time all Specsavers stores will be awarded this status.

‘Airdrie and Coatbridge are among the first few Scottish stores to meet all the criteria of this award. I was thrilled to visit both stores recently to congratulate them personally and present them with a Platinum Employer plaque.’

The Platinum Employer initiative is an externally validated accreditation scheme which aims to raise the bar of people management standards and help ensure Specsavers is ‘famous as a great place to work’.

Providing a great place to work 

Alison Grieve, store director at Specsavers Airdrie and Coatbridge, said: ‘We are delighted that both our Airdrie and Coatbridge stores have met the criteria of the Platinum Employer Award.

‘We are proud of the service, opportunities and support we offer our store team and we aim to continue to provide a great place to work to all our employees.

‘It was fantastic to welcome John Perkins in store who formally presented us with the Platinum Employer plaque which we will display proudly.’

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