Award Category: Team of the Year – Hardest hit
Sponsored by Education Development Trust

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.

Employers and jobcentres who have forged strong and enduring partnerships with employment support providers;

Team of the Year 2021

‘All About Me’ Team, 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.


Highly commended: The Autism Project, 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, 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.

Further information on the awards

Education Development Trust

Category sponsor
Education Development Trust

Transforming lives through education

For over 20 years, the Employability and Careers team at Education Development Trust has been supporting the development of employability skills for young people and adults, as well supporting individuals to move into the workplace. We deliver a range of employability support programmes across England, working in partnership with employers, funders, delivery partners and stakeholders to design and deliver campaigns that help people access the most relevant and bespoke support on their journey to meaningful, sustainable work.

Our contracts include Making a Difference, National Careers Service, North East Ambition, Re-skilling Cornwall, Reach Your Potential and West London Careers Hub. To find out more about our programmes, visit us here:

Education Development Trust