The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the trade body for the welfare to work industry, is pleased to announce the inaugural ERSA Employability Awards are now officially open for entries.

The awards will celebrate and champion best practice from across the employment related services sector, highlighting the day to day hard work and dedication of individuals and organisations in the industry who are supporting jobseekers to find employment and often making a genuine difference in people’s lives. 

There are seven award categories designed to recognise the diverse roles within the sector working with jobseekers at various stages in their journey towards employment. The categories are:

  • Supply Chain Partner of the Year
  • IEP Professionalisation Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Large Employer of the Year Award
  • Small or Medium Employer of the Year Award
  • Advisor of the Year Award
  • Significant Achievement Award

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of ERSA, said:

“We know that there are so many stories out there of people and organisations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting jobseekers into employment and these awards will help recognise their commitment.

“We hope the industry will really get behind these awards to celebrate the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution in helping people into work.”

The deadline for entries is 5.00 pm on 28 March 2013. Finalists in each category will be announced at the ERSA AGM in April, with the awards themselves presented at a special ceremony in London on 13 May, along with the MAPS Bursary by JCA (Occupational Psychologists).

The awards are free to enter and are open to all, regardless of ERSA membership.

Click here for the award entry form and full descriptors and criteria for each award.