ERSA Awards: The covid employability challenge 2021

The winners have been announced!

Award Winners Announced in ‘The Covid Employability Challenge’ 
http://ersa.org.uk/media/news/award-winners-announced-covid-employability-challenge

The winners slides!

Please follow and use our hashtag #ERSAAwards21 on social media - we love seeing your personal messages of support for your colleagues, partners and the whole sector!  


“What a great afternoon reminding us exactly why we do this.”
 
“This sector has never stopped contributing, pandemic or not.”
 
“The sector hasn’t just changed lives, it’s saved lives... You’re vitally important, your work is life changing, keep doing it!”

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Chloe Smith said: “Congratulations to all of the finalists of the ERSA 2021 Employability Awards. I’ve seen in my own constituency and across the country what a difference members of ERSA can make and I know how much local leadership really matters in effecting meaningful change. 

As the new Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work I am passionate about championing those with disabilities and long-term health conditions and helping to improve their daily lives. As a Government though, we can’t do this alone and it is only by working together that we can help build a more inclusive society that works for everyone.”  

Watch the minister address the sector here.

The 11 award categories highlighted the range of work being undertaken to help people gain employment, from advisers demonstrating extraordinary commitment, to teams supporting individuals and communities hardest hit by the pandemic, as well as exceptional jobseekers and learners. 

Also open to non-ERSA members, the employability awards recognised any organisation involved in the sector. This year’s entries were judged by Associate Professor Jo Ingold, Department of Management, Deakin University; Sam Windett, Deputy Director, Learning and Work Institute; Jagdeep Soor, Programme Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better; and Gill Holmes, Director, Contract Management and Partner Delivery, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). 

Watch a message from Stephen Timms MP and chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee here. 

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The finalists

Watch as the finalists are announced here (7 minutes)

The finalists were announced at an ERSA forum meeting on 2 November and later by media release Award finalists rise to ‘The Covid Employability Challenge’

Read more on this year's finalists

#ERSAAwards21 Community Partnership of the Year - sponsored by entitledto

#ERSAAwards21 - Team of the Year - Innovation - sponsored by Simpact CIC

#ERSAAwards21 Team of the Year - Hardest Hit - sponsored by NCFE

#ERSAAwards21 Team of the Year - Hidden Heroes - sponsored by Care Plus Group

#ERSAAwards21 Team of the Year - Crisis Management - sponsored by Transform Lives Company

#ERSAAwards21 Frontline Adviser of the Year - sponsored by the IEP

#ERSAAwards21 Frontline Manager of the Year - sponsored by Alderwood Recruitment

#ERSAAwards21 Employer of the Year - sponsored by Arriva

#ERSAAwards21 Significant Achiever of the Year - sponsored by The Digital College

#ERSAAwards21 Team of the Year - Disability and Health - sponsored by Triangle Consulting

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Outstanding Contribution to the Sector sponsored by Recro Consulting
A truly inspiring individual who will be nationally recognised as a champion and ambassador for the sector

Veejay Patel, Business to Business

Watch: https://youtu.be/2Mb1q3FaBhU 

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Also open to non-ERSA members, the employability awards recognise any organisation involved in the sector. This year’s entries were judged by Associate Professor Jo Ingold, Department of Management, Deakin University; Sam Windett, Deputy Director, Learning and Work Institute; and Jagdeep Soor, Programme Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better and Gill Holmes, Director, Contract Management and Partner Delivery, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The winners will be announced during a hybrid networking event with live stream and viewing parties around the UK on Thursday 25 November.

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Sponsored by Cognisoft and Clarion Futures, the awards are your opportunity to hail a remarkable year and enjoy the recognition of your accomplishments.   

Thank you to our sponsors, supports and partners

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Save the dates

Friday 18 June                  awards open
Friday 1 October               awards close
October                             The awards are currently closed for judging
Tuesday 2 November       shortlist announced at the Communications and Political Insights Network
Thursday 25 November    awards announced
Friday 26 November         Employability Day: Presenting this year's winners via social media!                                                                  Hashtags to use: #ERSAAwards21 #Employability #EmpDay21 
 

Ways to support this year's awards!

  • Shout about the awards across social media using our hashtag #ERSAAwards21

More information:

Our 2020 winners can be found via a press release here and read more about in the case studies here

To view some of the inspiring entries submitted as video's in 2020, head over to ERSA's YouTube channel here

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