– Official recognition – Team motivation – Talent attraction – PR – Networking opportunities – Funding and business development growth – Easy application –

Success in the ERSA awards – either a shortlist place or award win – is an official commendation of exceptional best practice, judged by independent industry experts.

The recognition it gives to individuals and teams working in the employability industry, in arguably its most challenging year to date, is a primary motivation for submitting an entry.

ERSA recognition adds credibility to your services and business ethics: a genuine draw for potential new employees, supply chain partners, and funders.

Success can be announced and applauded internally, on social media, in stakeholder and commissioner communications, and to the media. The PR opportunities are huge. ERSA will support you to shout about your success and will promote successful entrants through our conversations with key stakeholders, ERSA forums, social media, and PR activity.

The submission process is straightforward and not onerous. Applying for and winning an ERSA award is an achievable target for companies of all sizes. We welcome applications from anybody involved in the sector, ERSA member or not.

Submitting an entry on behalf of a partner organisation is also a great way to recognise collaborative working and a job well done. Almost half of 2020’s ERSA winners were nominated by another organisation.

Celebrate your immense efforts in supporting those that need it most: we look forward to receiving your entry.


Here’s what ERSA is asking for in your submission!

  • Contact details of person submitting the entry
  • Name of the organisation submitting the entry
  • Award category 
  • Name of delivery partner, employer, colleague, team, manager, successful jobseeker or sector leader!
  • 300 word summary (if shortlisted we’ll use this to promote the entry)
  • 750 word entry (explaining why you feel that your organisation (or nominee) meets with, and excels against, the criteria of the award. Your entry should include examples, case studies or delivery statistics which highlight your entry as an exemplar. NOTE: Supporting documents are not included in your 750 word entry limit, these can be attached separately but do remember to reference the evidence briefly.
  • Supporting evidence (exert from things like impact reports, appraisals, feedback, testimonies etc)
  • Optional – presentation slides and or a short video which may be added to ERSA’s Employability showreel on YouTube.