The power of an excellent training program has just been proven at the National Training Awards regional ceremony for the South East. Eight winners were selected for their outstanding achievements in workplace training and personal development. “The fact that so many organizations from within Hampshire and the Island have been recognized at the National Training Awards illustrates that businesses within this area are recognizing the importance of training and skills,” commented Rob Munson, Director of Operations, LSC Hampshire and Isle of Wight.
This is an update to my last article on the changing role of assessors within new apprenticeships. The pointers below are based on the CPD courses I run for teachers, trainers and assessors, the messages I receive, and the discussions on the Linkedin group I manage which has over 5,000 members and is for assessors, IQAs, EQAs and vocational trainers.
The winners of the ERSA Employability Awards 2017, sponsored by Clarion Housing Group, were announced last night at an evening ceremony attended by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP, and hosted by BBC journalist Kirsty Lang. The Minister provided a keynote speech at the event, highlighting excellence in sector’s work to transform people’s lives every day. The ERSA Employability Awards are now in their fifth year. The awards showcase and champion best practice from across the employment support sector, celebrating and recognising the hard work and achievements of those involved in supporting people into work. This ranges from advisors and partners working one-to-one with jobseekers at the frontline, to employers who look beyond traditional barriers, such as a criminal record, to the jobseekers themselves moving into employment. This year the awards judges included Heidi Allen MP, a member of the Work and Pensions Committee in the last Parliament; a senior official from the Department for Work and Pensions; a senior researcher at the Resolution Foundation; and last year’s winner of the Adviser of the Year Award, Keith Tottingham. Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of ERSA, said: “These awards celebrate the very best in class – the frontline advisers and partners who go above and beyond to support people into work, the businesses who give employees a chance in their workforce and the jobseekers themselves, who often overcome a range of barriers to enter work and transform their lives and those around them. This year, the entries were of a particularly high quality and our judges had an extremely difficult task picking the winners. “Their work deserves to be recognised and the awards give us an opportunity to say thank you and celebrate their achievements.” The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP said: “It’s truly inspiring to hear stories about the excellent work that businesses are doing to help people get into, and stay in employment . This would not be possible without the tireless efforts of frontline staff who make such a difference to people’s lives every single day. “Congratulations to all this year’s winners – I hope their success will encourage others to go the extra mile in helping people to overcome any barriers to employment.” ERSA is delighted to announce the following winners of the 2017 award: Innovation Award – sponsored by entitledto: Recognising a provider who has pioneered innovative approaches and solutions within the employment support market. Winner: The House of St Barnabas aims to break the cycle of homelessness by providing training, work experience and employment opportunities. They do this through its City & Guilds accredited, Employment Academy, which runs 12-week employment programmes in its integrated not-for-profit members’ club in Soho, London. Adviser of the Year- sponsored by Alderwood: Recognising an employment advisor who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in a frontline role. Winner: Adrian Bailey, Prisoners Abroad. Adrian works for Prisoners Abroad, the humanitarian charity providing welfare and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment. Adrian initiated the Work Preparation Programme which provides employment support to those who have been in prison overseas, including guidance on how to disclose convictions. Adrian’s personal experience of imprisonment enables him to reach individuals in a very effective way. Large Employer of the Year – sponsored by Shaw Trust: Recognising a large employer who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and long term unemployed jobseekers. Winner: TC Facilities Management nominated by Remploy. TC is a client services business providing cleaning services to some of the UK's most recognisable companies. They are in their tenth year of a partnership with Remploy and have successfully placed 1037 people with a disability in employment, with 67% of those lasting 13 weeks or more. Youth Employment - sponsored by APM: This award seeks to recognise an exemplar provider who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to helping young people (aged 16 – 24) overcome barriers to enter and maintain work. Winner: Access to Industry is an Edinburgh-based third sector organisation which has been delivering employability services to Young Offenders since 2006. In the last financial year, its Passport Project helped 221 young people in and out of HM Youth Offending Institute Polmont, 42 of whom entered into employment, with a further 52 completing work placements and training. Team of the Year Award – sponsored by the Institute of Employability Professionals: Recognising a team of frontline staff which has demonstrated outstanding commitment in meeting and exceeding the delivery aims of an employment provider Winner: Radian: Employment Support and Training Team. In 2012, social housing provider, Radian, set up its Employment Support and Training team to and provide employment support to residents and thus address issues such as anti-social behaviour. Since 2012, it has worked with over 2500 residents and helped over 550 into employment and provided training and support for 1600. SME of the Year – sponsored by the Telecoms World: Recognising a small or medium employer who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and long term unemployed jobseekers. Winner: Clacket Lane Motorway Services (nominated by Shaw Trust). Over eight years, Clacket Lane Motorway Services has hired over 160 people over the delivery of the Work Programme. They are an employer who continues to employ people despite the changes to our sector. Clacket Lane has also supported a number of Shaw Trust customers who have since become team leaders, supervisors and managers. Disability and Health Employment – sponsored by Pluss: Recognising an employment services provider who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in supporting jobseekers with limiting disabilities and health conditions to achieve sustained employment. Winner: Royal British Legion Industries delivers a wide range of successful contracts aimed at supporting people with disabilities and health conditions into work, including Access to Work and Lifeworks, which sees 83% of individuals move into employment, training or volunteering within 12 months. Partner of the Year – sponsored by ICONI: Recognising excellence as a delivery partner in the field of employment support. Winner: Get Set, nominated by G4S. Get Set joined the G4S Community Work Placements Supply Chain in August 2015 and have, since day one, delivered outstanding performance to support over 200 people into work and/or placement within 15 months of delivery. Significant Achiever of the Year – sponsored by Working Links: Recognising a specific jobseeker who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcoming barriers to enter and maintain work. Winner: Karla Gardner. Karla first ran into problems with drugs at the tender age of 12, culminating in a heroin addiction at 18 which lasted for a decade. After coming into contact with the criminal justice system several times due to her addiction, Karla was separated from her children and sentenced to 19 months in Holloway prison in April 2015. Whilst in prison Karla quit heroin, attended Working Chance workshops, completed professional courses and was released ten months early. Soon after release, she registered with Working Chance and on the same day was helped to apply for a job with William Hill. Within a month she had started the new job and six months later was promoted to Manager. She now acts as a Working Chance advocate within William Hill, promoting the hiring of women with convictions. She has been reunited with her children and in June 2017 will celebrate two years of sobriety.
A revolutionary Black Country initiative that raises local home-care standards has beaten numerous other nominees in the annual national Training Organisation for the Personal Social Services (TOPSS) accolades. Taking runner-up position in the category for the most innovative learning resource at the prestigious UK-wide awards, the BC3/BC4 project was praised as a role model for the sector.
The ‘Diageo Learning for Life: Hospitality and Bartending programme’ has been presented with a Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Award. At the 2017 ceremony held at the Hilton Glasgow on 25 May, the programme received The Training and Employee Retention Award. Recognising an exceptionally high degree of creativity, innovation and excellence in Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism, the CIS Excellence Awards offer some of the industry’s highest accolades. Commenting on the programme’s success at the awards, Nicola Reid, Learning for Life Programme Manager: GB & Europe, said: “Learning for Life provides a solid platform for the training and development of young, unemployed people while helping them secure full time work in the sector. “The hospitality industry in Scotland is thriving and continues to offer excellent career opportunities for young people with passion and drive. It’s extremely rewarding to have our contribution and dedication to the industry acknowledged.” Since its launch in 2014, almost 900 unemployed people have graduated from the Diageo Learning for Life programme, which is offered across Scotland, with 81% of graduates going on to positive destinations, 76% of those successfully securing permanent roles in the hospitality sector. The course provides young unemployed people with coaching, core employability skills and specialist bartender training, opening the door to a wide range of exciting career opportunities in the Scottish hospitality industry. Learning for Life programmes are regularly held across Scotland, with students undertaking a six-week course delivered by The Springboard Charity, Diageo’s specialist training partner. This includes two weeks of valuable industry work experience in some of Scotland’s best hotels, bars and restaurants. Inga McVicar, National Programmes Manager for Springboard said: “These awards are a real vote of confidence in the Learning for Life programme. The support we have received from local employers over the past three years has been fantastic and we really appreciate the time they give up to encourage young people on the courses to consider a career in the hospitality sector. “We see such enthusiasm and commitment from our students, throughout every aspect of the course, and it’s great to see young people securing qualifications and engaging with the wider industry.” Businesses in Scotland looking to staff their establishments or to get involved in the programme can contact: Stewart Fotheringham, Business Engagement Manager at The Springboard Charity. About DIAGEO: Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Celebrating life, every day, everywhere. THE SPRINGBOARD CHARITY: The Springboard Charity, now in its 26th year, helps young, the unemployed and those facing barriers into sustainable employment within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.