Now in our tenth year, join us in celebrating our sector’s success: the ERSA Awards 2022 are open for entries. If ever there was a year to shout about how you have supported people towards employment, this is it!

The ERSA Employability Awards 2022 
  • Free and simple process to enter 
  • Recognise your staff, organisation and partner achievements
  • Open until 1 October 2022
  • Judged by an independent panel of experts
  • Shortlist announced on 3 November in London
  • Award winners announced on 30 November in Birmingham, as part of the ERSA Conference (30 November – 1 December)
Sponsorship opportunities available! 
Get in touch today! 

Thank you to our Sponsors and Supporters

Saffron Interactive
Successful mums

Dr Katy Jones
, Research Fellow, Centre for Decent Work and Productivity; Naomi Phillips, Director of Policy, Research & Influencing, Learning and Work Institute, Jagdeep Soor, Head of  Strategic Partnerships, Pathways Group, Nicola Inge, Employment & Skills Director, Business in the Community, Gill Holmes, Director – Contract Management and Partner Delivery and Tammy Fevrier, Youth Employment and Skills Lead, Department for Work and Pensions 

The industry awards are an opportunity to recognise your staff and organisation’s achievements in a remarkable year.

#ERSAAwards22 | Why apply for an ERSA Award?

Elizabeth Taylor, ERSA CEO, says: “This year’s Employability Day on 17 June, was the most important annual celebration of the employability sector ever.

“As we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic, the awards will showcase the wealth of expertise and innovation in the sector – all of which are more vital than ever given labour market shortages and uncertainty of funding for many providers.

“We’re proud to be launching our 10th ERSA Awards, giving the employment support sector the opportunity to recognise individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond in their work supporting jobseekers.

“We’re looking for entries from organisations of all sizes and our submission process is simple and achievable. You don’t even need to be an ERSA member; we recognise any organisation involved in the sector. Submitting an entry on behalf of a partner organisation is also a great way to recognise collaborative working and a job well done.

“After such a challenging year, we are all winners. And with the challenges set to continue, give your team a boost with a shot at an ERSA Award.”

#ERSAAwards22 | Guide to writing a winning award entry

ERSA Award categories and entry requirements are simple. There’s an opportunity to showcase individual, team and partnership achievements. Video submissions and visual supports to entries are also welcomed.

ERSA Awards 2021 - The winners

Not entering this year? Sponsor an award category instead

Available sponsorship opportunities include headline sponsor, venue sponsor, category sponsor, media sponsor and supporter – discounted rates available for ERSA members. Get in touch with Laura for an informal discussion. Category sponsorship packages are on a first come first deal done basis. 

The award categories:

  1. Frontline Adviser of the Year – sponsored by The Institute of Employability Professionals
    Employment advisers and job coaches who have demonstrated exceptional commitment in a frontline role
  2. Frontline Manager of the Year –  sponsored by The Institute of Employability Professionals
    Frontline managers or team leaders who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leading their frontline team to excellent performance and customer achievements
  3. Employer of the Year – sponsored by Successful Mums 
    Employers showing exceptional commitment by partnering with providers in their area, supporting disadvantaged and long-term unemployed jobseekers
  4. Significant Achiever of the Year – sponsored by Learning Curve
    Organisations delivering employability programmes can nominate exceptional jobseekers and learners they support
  5. Team of the Year – Disability and health – sponsored by The Digital College
    Frontline teams providing disability and wellbeing services, including mental health support and social prescribing
  6. Team of the Year – Hardest hit – sponsored by Education Development Trust
    Frontline teams supporting individuals and communities in hardest hit sectors, including low-paid workers, young people NEET, diverse communities, experience of the justice system, women, older workers, people with learning disabilities and other disadvantaged groups
  7. Team of the Year – Hidden heroes – sponsored by entitledto
    Working behind the scenes to enable services: IT/digital services, service design, research and evidence
  8. Sector Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Genius Within
    Roll out of IT equipment to participants, digital accessibility, behind the scenes innovation to change ways of working
  9. Community Partnership of the Year – sponsored by Saffron Interactive
    Organisations working together to form partnerships that support local communities already furthest from the labour market, and have been hit hardest by the pandemic
  10. Outstanding Contribution to the Sector – sponsored by Fedcap Employment and Fedcap Scotland
    A truly inspiring individual who will be nationally recognised as a champion and ambassador for the sector

Save the dates: 

  • 1 October            awards closes
  • 3 November        shortlist announced at a networking meeting in London
  • 30 November      awards announced at the ERSA Conference

Judged by an independent panel of industry experts, the ERSA Awards are an official commendation of exceptional best practice. They are also an opportunity to demonstrate the integrity of your services and business principles, plus they are a real draw for new employees, supplier partners and funders.

Why apply for an ERSA Award?

Further information on the awards

Watch out for more content across social media, using the same hashtag to promote our industry awards via #ERSAAwards22.

Previous winners
2021 Award Winners Announced in ‘The Covid Employability Challenge’

2020 ERSA Employability Award Winners Announced