Bialik College

Bialik College has been selected as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2019.
The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] recognises organisations which have developed leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

Bialik College began its existence modestly as a Sunday school and kindergarten in 1942, operating in North Carlton, which was then the principal centre of Melbourne’s Jewish population.

Today Bialik College is a flourishing cross-communal Jewish School based on a single campus in Hawthorn. The College caters for nearly 1000 students from three years of age kindergarten to VCE and employs approximately 250 staff. The College is unique as Melbourne’s only cross-communal school embracing the entire Jewish community regardless of affiliation or practice.

Bialik focuses on the worth of all people and celebrates diverse views and characteristics. It is not essential to be Jewish to work or study at Bialik. There is no advantage to being Jewish, however, there are many opportunities for non-Jewish staff to experience the Jewish culture and way of life.

Just as the College embraces all versions of Judaism, Bialik openly articulates a culture of inclusion and acceptance of all beliefs and value systems amongst the staff. Students and staff embrace the reality that there are different paths for different people.

Success for Bialik College is determined by four principle factors: student wellbeing, school rankings for VCE outcomes in Victoria, staff engagement and student enrolment.

In 20 of the past 21 years, Bialik has placed in the top five schools for VCE outcomes, and more recently has placed best in state for VCE outcomes in two out of the past three years, which is unrivalled by any other non-selective school in the state. Bialik prides itself on these spectacular results, particularly given that the College is a non-selective entry school.

As an employer, Bialik seeks to serve its staff by providing a workplace where people are passionate and committed to education and the College. This is evidenced by a low turnover of less than 10% in 2018. Bialik offers broad opportunities for professional learning and development, including domestic school camps and international trips overseas, to Israel and China. Bialik is committed to offering staff the opportunity to be at the forefront of educational thought, through its association with Harvard University’s Project Zero. Enrolments at Bialik are growing. In July 2019 Bialik will commence the operation of a Crèche to provide care for children from three months to pre Kinder.

As a not-for-profit independent school, Bialik takes great pride in its responsibility to the community and industry. A core focus of the College is to deliver consistently high quality education and success. However, an equally important responsibility that the College holds is to benefit society and community, whereby School Fee Assistance is offered to families who want a high quality education within a Jewish Cultural environment.

The Australian Business Awards are an annual comprehensive awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of established business and product award categories.

The Australian Business Awards are the national chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership initiative conducted on a national and international level. The Employer of Choice Award recipients will participate in the international chapter of the program at the World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.

The process culminates in the selection of organisations which maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention. The recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.

Organisational eligibility includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

The Employer of Choice Framework is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.

The key attributes of the Employer of Choice Framework define the characteristics of high-performing, industry leading organisations that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

The program provides a notable opportunity for high-performing organisations which implement world-class human resource management practices to be acknowledged and celebrated for their achievements both nationally and internationally.

Conducted annually, the program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum human resource management practises and to review their business performance through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework.

The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing employer brand awareness. reputation, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige.

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