Award Category: 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.
Long Descriptor: The award seeks to recognise an exemplar group of organisations delivering employment support directly to jobseekers on behalf of, or with, another provider (or providers) as part of a subcontracted or partnership agreement. Judges will be looking for evidence of how the partnership, however formal is having a demonstrable impact on the prospects of jobseekers entering and/or sustaining employment, whether through the provision of ‘end to end’, specialist or other services.
Entrants should address the following criteria:
- Be clear about the geography of delivery and profile of jobseeker with which you are working, and how you have tailored your services to meet the needs of this cohort.
- Provide quantitative evidence that performance is good (and preferably improving).
- Provide qualitative evidence of the positive impact of services delivered. This may take the form of customer or partner feedback.
- Explain how you support service provision outside your direct delivery, through best practice sharing with partners.
It is desirable that the entrant’s application is endorsed by an employer, jobcentre plus or local authority to verify their claim of being an exemplar partner in the community.
Community Partnership of the Year 2021
MOU initiative: Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG)
Nominated by Action West London
Unemployment rates for Young Black Men (YBM) have historically been over double that of young white men. In a bid to tackle this, Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) created the ‘Moving on Up’ (MOU) initiative; a programme to improve employment outcomes for YBM in London.
Highly commended: Kickstart Housing Partnership
Nominated by Clarion Futures
Led by Clarion Housing Group (CHG), the Kickstart Housing Partnership is the largest ever housing sector led and supported community partnership. The partnership’s 61 housing providers work together to engage and strengthen whole communities and improve life chances. And the partnership ‘gateway’ offers over 900 vacancies to 16-24 year olds, at risk of long-term unemployment.
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
Saffron Interactive continue mission to support advisors and the disadvantaged individuals they support in achieving sustainable and rewarding careers, with sponsorship of the ‘Community Partnership of the Year’ category at the 2022 ERSA Employability Awards.
During another turbulent year, the employment support sector has been grappling with a variable and unstable labour market alongside changeable and uncertain government policy. This has left many individuals still displaced, without sustainable employment and feeling the tremors left by the pandemic. However, faced with these challenges, individuals and organisations have risen to the occasion, providing high-quality support and guidance to thousands of vulnerable workers and jobseekers alike.
2022 marks the tenth year of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Employability Awards. The event offers an opportunity to celebrate the sector’s success by recognising staff, organisations, and partnership achievements, symbols of the truly exceptional resilience displayed across the sector.
Saffron Interactive is proud to continue their work, focusing on using technology to improve delivery of high-quality advice, training and employment support, by sponsoring the ‘Community Partnership of the Year’ category at this year’s edition. This award celebrates organisations and partnerships, collaborating to the benefit local communities and the individuals within them.