CEA Wins GOLD FairPlay Award

Written by Roshna Rai 26 August 2021

CEA Wins GOLD FairPlay Award

The IALC English language school Celtic English Academy (CEA), Cardiff, Wales, UK, is the first private sector company and SME organization in Wales, UK, to be awarded the GOLD Standard FairPlay Employer Award by the inclusive working experts in the FairPlay Employer Team at Chwarae Teg.

Despite ELT (English Language Teaching) being one of the hardest hit sectors in the COVID-19 pandemic, CEA’s Gold Award symbolizes the Academy’s strengths in resiliency, adaptation, and progressive-thinking.

The pandemic has hit the tourism sector hard and especially for study travel organisations like CEA, who usually welcome international visitors from over 50 different nationalities a year. Achieving the award is a clear example of how valuable an organisation like CEA is – Wales and UK-wide educational tourism generates significant economic spend for local visitor economies, as well as promoting greater cultural understanding between nations and future opportunities” 

Andrew Campbell, Chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance.

Over the past 3 years, CEA has worked with Chwarae Teg experts and actively improved unconscious bias, recruitment and selection, gender pay gap, family friendly policies, and have fostered a more inclusive working environment.

CAE has paved the way to further sustainable change over 2020-2021 by implementing agile working, improving internal communications and digitization to enable increased productivity, better working relationships for all and enhancing work-life balance.

“We have worked hard to achieve the Gold standard FairPlay Employer award by improving our HR and organisational culture over recent years and evidencing our solid commitment to fairness, inclusivity, wellbeing, and workplace flexibility. The award comes from an anonymous staff survey, and benchmarking, so I am humbled and honoured by the genuine feedback this brings that is testimony to our workplace”.

Shoko Doherty, Chief Executive Officer, Celtic English Academy, and Vice Chair, English UK

CEA is an independent, Welsh organization, working internationally, and has been growing since its establishment in 2004. James Doherty, owner, CEA is known to have long held the motto of “quality, consistency and fairness for all”. He has always valued creating a workplace that takes care of its staff, who in turn take care of Celtic’s customers – from students and their parents, to educational tour operators and partner, homestay hosts and supplier.

Photo credit: Owen Mathias Photography

Celtic English Academy is a British Council and IALC accredited school in the heart of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

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