Open to employers, educators, competition organising partners and training managers
Nominees will be individuals established in their career, who have taken exceptional steps to drive equity, diversity and inclusion, and have shown qualities that encouraged and inspired others.
Open to educators (including colleges, employers and ITPs)
Nominees will have delivered organisational activities that encouraged and enabled entries into WorldSkills UK competitions from underrepresented groups, for example by embedding skills competition programmes in their curriculum and training programmes.
This award is not open to nominations, it will be awarded by WorldSkills UK.
Nominees will be individuals or organisations who have truly led change and created impact.
Catherine Shipman, Student Engagement Manager at South Eastern Regional College and winner of the Network of the Year Award said:
“Our team won the Network of the Year Award. We delivered quite a few initiatives including building a network across the student engagement team and different community partners to help us to improve the lives of our students. Some examples of that were the work we did around our period poverty programme and the election of our liberation officers and supporting our LGBTQ plus young people who are trans.”
Gareth Fallows, Managing Director of ACORN Training, winner of the Role Model Award said:
“Equity, diversity, inclusion is really important, and everybody needs that opportunity in life. Life isn’t easy for people with equity, diversity, and inclusion barriers. Having awards like this and having role models to share experiences and consider how they’ve overcome the barriers to learning is really important. Winning the Role Model Award has just been an absolutely fantastic opportunity. We’ve been much more conscious about promoting my LGBTQ background within the business and are proud to highlight that we are equity and diversity inclusion champions.”
Gill Mason, Head of Kids Planet Day Nurseries, winner of the Campaign of the Year Award said:
“We were delighted to win the Campaign of the Year Award. It gave us validation for all the hard work that we’ve been doing. So absolutely delighted. We made this nomination because we were acutely aware of how men were underrepresented in the workforce. We would really encourage people to make a nomination for the awards. It really raises the profile of the issues around equality and diversity in the sector.”