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Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards 2020

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WorldSkills UK in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners are delighted to announce the launch of the Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards 2020.

WorldSkills UK and Coca-Cola European Partners both believe that all young people, from all backgrounds, deserve the same chance to succeed through technical skills and vocational education and are committed to making this a reality.

Hear from our Chief Executive, Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, and Sharon Blyfield, GB Early Careers and Apprenticeships, Coca-Cola European Partners about the Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards 2020, and why they provide a vital platform to recognise outstanding commitment to the diversity and inclusion agenda.


The Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards 2020 are to honour, celebrate, and shine a light on individuals and organisations who are going above and beyond, championing diversity and inclusion within their organisations and the wider technical education sector.

Hosted in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners, the awards are open to all students, apprentices, employees and organisations within the technical education sector, and are an opportunity to recognise outstanding commitment to promoting and supporting diverse and inclusive practices and celebrate those making a real difference.

All nominees will be invited to attend the Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards Digital Ceremony being held on Thursday 28 January 2021, where the winners will be announced and congratulated.

Watch the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards Ceremony 2019

Entry to the awards is FREE, and you can enter more than one category. Details of each of the six categories are below, along with a link to submit your nominations.

The deadline to submit completed Award Nomination forms is 4pm on Friday 4th December 2020

Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards Categories 2020

Organisation Awards

  • Programme or Campaign of the Year – Sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing UK
  • Network of the Year – Available for Sponsorship
  • Inclusive Employer of the Year – Available for Sponsorship

Individual Awards

  • Role Model Award – Sponsored by Festo
  • Rising Star – Available for Sponsorship
  • Competitions Diversity Champion Award – Sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners

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About WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK is an independent charity and a partnership between employers, education and governments. Together, we are raising standards in apprenticeships and technical education so more young people get the best start in work and life.

We inspire young people via our careers advice resources to choose excellence through apprenticeships and technical education as a prestigious career route on their path to reaching their potential, whatever their background. We develop excellence in young people by testing and assessing their skills and knowledge against their peers through our national and international competitions programmes, improving their confidence and potential. We innovate to mainstream global excellence to help improve standards of teaching, training and assessment through international benchmarking to help young people, employers and the UK economy succeed. That’s why we are passionate about the need to increase social mobility, diversity and inclusion and contribute to the success of young people from all backgrounds in technical education and apprenticeships. We are proud members of the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network.

About Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) are pleased to continue their partnership with WorldSkills UK for the 2020 awards. Fundamental to our Early Careers’ programme and our ways of working at CCEP is our focus on inclusivity, with huge importance placed on the value that every individual brings to the business. We feel it is important for companies to work closely with relevant organisations to ensure both inclusion and diversity are being considered across any apprenticeship initiative.

Diversity is something we celebrate in all its forms at CCEP and as such we open our doors to individuals from all walks of lives regardless of background. As a company we are committed to increasing BAME representation, for us goals like this are vital. We strive for a workforce that is ethnically diverse, multi-generational and one which truly represents the communities we operate in.

Assessment Criteria

For all Award categories, we are particularly interested in role models who have worked to engage one or more of the following underrepresented groups: 

  • Young women in STEM and Construction;
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people;
  • Young people identifying as LGBT+;
  • Young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities; and
  • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

All of the awards will be assessed on the information provided in the submission form, including, the approach, reach and impact, and innovation.

Nominations Guidance and FAQs