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The WorldSkills UK Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Heroes Awards 2023 are now open for nominations. This is the fourth year of the awards which this year are delivered with Skills and Education Group.

We established these awards because we believe that all young people deserve the right to succeed through apprenticeships and high-quality technical education. These awards give us the opportunity to celebrate success with our partners and inspire others to drive change across the skills systems in education and business.

Dr Neil Bentley Gockmann, OBE, CEO WorldSkills UK

Help us to shine a light on EDI good practice and nominate your organisation or an individual for the WorldSkills UK EDI Heroes Awards 2023. Simply complete the relevant nomination form. Winners will receive a trophy and a certificate to celebrate their achievements in a ceremony broadcast through our website on 2 March 2023.

With seven categories to choose from, you can enter as many as you like:


1) Initiative of the Year: Open to employers and educators

Nominees will have delivered an innovative initiative or solution, designed to promote equity, diversity and inclusion.

2) Network of the Year: Open to employers and educators

Nominees will have engaged and supported underrepresented groups through external network activities which demonstrate sustained value to the wider organisation.

3) Skills Competitions Advocate: Open to educators (including colleges, employers and independent training providers)

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.

Individual Awards

4) Rising Star Award: Open to young people

Nominees will be young people early in their careers, who are going above and beyond to drive diversity and inclusion in apprenticeships and technical education.

5) Role Model Award: Open to employers, educators, competition organising partners, 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.

6) Inclusive Skills Development: Open to employers, educators, competition organising partners, training managers

Nominees will have delivered inclusive curriculum activities (equity) to advance skill development.

7) Skills Competition Diversity Champion: Open to educators, employers, Competition Organising Partners, training managers, young people

Nominees will have driven diversity and inclusion in WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions through their participation in or delivery of the competitions.

Organisation or Individual Award

8) Pioneer Award
Nominees will be individuals or organisations who have truly led change and created impact.

This award is not open to nominations and will be awarded by WorldSkills UK.

Skills and Education Group is proud to sponsor the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Heroes Awards 2023. Our partnership with WorldSkills UK gives us the opportunity to support their great work to champion diverse and inclusive practices within the technical education sector.

The awards are a key part of that and will recognise a variety of outstanding initiatives and individuals. As an organisation that is committed to helping learners from all backgrounds to achieve their potential, we are delighted to be part of these awards.

Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of Skills and Education Group

Be inspired and learn more about some of our previous winners who have benefited from their awards and hear how they continue to champion EDI.

Nominate today!
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