Hardest Hit
Frontline teams supporting individuals and communities hardest hit by the pandemic, including low-paid workers, young people NEET, diverse communities, experience of the justice system, women, learning disabilities and other disadvantaged groups.

The finalists:

'All About Me' Team
Submitting organisation: Aspire Sussex
The ‘All About Me’ project team has supported those hardest hit by the pandemic who have are long term unemployed.
From July 2020 to June 2021, the four highly skilled and committed team members have worked with 86 participants to help them find hope, purpose and achievement using innovative strategies and by educating businesses and partners to encourage a more diverse workforce.

The Autism Project
Submitting organisation: CareTrade Charitable Trust
The Autism Project (TAP) is a specialist two-year supported internship programme for adults aged 18 to 25 on the autistic spectrum.
Learning is usually in real work-placements and students can also gain qualifications in employability and functional skills.
The team responded to Covid by adapting the project to be delivered remotely including increased wellbeing and mental health support.

YES Project Team
Submitting organisation: YES Project
The YES Project is a Youth Employability Support project working with NEET young adults, aged 15 – 24.
It’s a partnership of seven youth organisations and charities and works with people who face barriers to finding work, like issues with their mental health, substance misuse, homelessness, previous offences, or who may have cultural and language barriers.

This award category is sponsored by NCFE
We’re NCFE: an educational charity and leader in vocational and technical learning. We combine over 170 years of education experience with deep insight, working with a network of expert collaborators to galvanise the technical and vocational education sector around the greatest learning needs and to shape smarter solutions. In doing this, we’re working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice. In 1848, we were born from the belief that no learner was left behind. Today, we’re taking up that cause with fresh energy. 

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The full list of the finalists across all categories can be found here and more on the awards here.