Award Category: Significant Achiever of the Year
Sponsored by Learning Curve 

Recognising a specific jobseeker who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcoming barriers to enter and maintain work.

This award seeks to recognise a successful former jobseeker who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcome significant personal and/or social barriers to enter and maintain employment. Employment related services providers are asked to nominate jobseekers who:

  • Have surpassed expectations in overcoming barriers to work.
  • Have demonstrated personal dedication above and beyond expectations to improve their employability.
  • Have successfully moved into sustained employment and grown in their job to acquire new skills and responsibilities.
  • Have acted as a positive role model in inspiring other jobseekers to follow their example.
  • Attract testimonials from advisers and their employer, who can vouch for the journey that has been undertaken and the success achieved.

The award winner will be a truly inspiring individual who will have overcome adversity and demonstrated immeasurable dedication to overcome barriers to work and achieve sustained employment.

Significant Achiever of the Year 2021

Jolene Thompson-Carney

Nominated by Offploy CIC

Jolene Thompson-Carney has faced many challenges – she became a drug user at the age of 11 and was later jailed for eight and a half years for a dealing offence. But with the support of Offploy, she has turned her life around, has a job as a line operative/labourer and is also encouraging others towards positive change.

Highly commended: Theo Thomas-Afonso, nominated by Fedcap Employment

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