Award Category: Team of the Year – Disability and health
Sponsored by The Digital College
Recognising an employment services provider who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in supporting jobseekers with disabilities and health conditions to achieve sustained employment.
This award seeks to recognise a team of frontline advisers who have worked together to help disabled people and those with health conditions overcome barriers to enter and maintain work. Teams who may be suitable for nomination will:
This award seeks to recognise a team (comprised of between three and 50 people) which has gone above and beyond what is required of them to ensure their organisation delivers the best possible services for jobseekers and/or those wanting to progress in work.
Teams which may be suitable for nomination are likely to:
- Have a proven track record of delivery over a significant period of time.
- Through consistent delivery, created and maintained strong working relationships with employers.
- Have influenced or inspired the approach of other teams within their organisation and/or other organisations within the sector.
- Attract testimonials from current and previous customers (whether jobseekers or employers) who can vouch for the specific impact that the team’s efforts have made to their personal lives or operations.
- Have recognised expertise in helping unemployed people to manage specific limiting disabilities and health conditions in a vocational context.
- Have shown innovation in adapting provision to meet the needs of disabled jobseekers and those with health conditions.
- Have demonstrably raised the profile of jobseekers with disabilities and health conditions with employers, challenging and overcoming traditional objections and prejudices.
- Have achieved market leading performance levels for jobseekers with disabilities and health conditions.
The award winners will have an outstanding track record of supporting jobseekers/former jobseekers and a steadfast commitment to employment support.
Team of the Year 2021
St. Joseph’s Approved Premises Bike Project
Nominated by Career Connect
The Bike Project offers weekly one-to-one tuition to participants by mechanics in repairing and recycling bicycles. Seventeen men – offenders with mental health difficulties – took part during the last year, cultivating practical, vocational, team-building and problem-solving skills and helping to prepare for independent living.
Highly commended: Forwards Employment Service, Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucestershire County Council’s Forwards Employment Service provides support to find work for young people who are in education with additional support needs, those transitioning from education, and adults engaging with Social Care or Health Services. During the pandemic, job brokers worked hard to keep in touch with those furloughed and find new jobs for those who lost them.
Further information on the awards
- The ERSA Awards are free to enter for organisations, non ERSA membership organisations are welcome to submit applications
- Only entries received via the online form can be considered by the judges
- The submissions link can be found at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ERSAAwards22
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- Full details at dev.ersa.org.uk/ersaawards22 Awards hashtag #ERSAAwards22
- Why apply for an ERSA Award?
- How to write a winning award entry
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