The 2023 nominations for the WorldSkills UK EDI Awards in partnership with Skills and Education Group, have shown the strongest applications and entries to date as the shortlist shows.

We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of nominations this year – a significant increase on that of last year – demonstrating the importance the sector is placing on addressing inclusion and diversity and the need for our awards.

We hope everyone shares our values of equal opportunities throughout education and business and that we can achieve the level playing field we need to allow all young people to be able to reach their potential.

Our virtual awards ceremony airs online on 23 February at 4pm, please join us to help celebrate those who are leading the way and are role models for others.

We’re pleased to announce this year’s shortlist.

Neil Bentley-Gockmann, CEO WorldSkills UK

Initiative of the year: Sponsored by Toyota

London South East Colleges

North West Regional College

BPP Education Group

Havant and South Downs College

Network of the Year : Sponsored by Air Products

BT Group

Black Chemist Network

NatWest Group

Rising Star: Sponsored by Skills & Education Group

Aiman Naseer – Lloyds Banking Group

Evie Charles – Niftylift and Milton Keynes College

Kellyanne Miller – Acacia Training

Kyle Prele – West College Scotland

Role Model: Sponsored by ICAEW

Rebecca Cackett – CGI

Abigail Stansfield – BAE Systems

Jordan Passey – Gemini Accident Repairs Centres

Inclusive Skills Development: Sponsored by FE Week

Nav Ahmed – Arden University

Antoinette Marshall – South West College

Fatima Silman – Waltham Forest Adult Learning Services

Skills Competition Diversity Champion: Sponsored by Education & Training Foundation

Joanne Manship – Oldham College

David McCay – North West Regional College

James Fox – College of West Anglia

Holly Upton – Weston College

Skills Competitions Advocate: Sponsored by Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance

North West Regional College

Derwen College

RNN Group

Pioneer Award: Sponsored by UVAC

Pami Johal – North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College

Jeremy Ridley – Chichester College Group

Dave Moody – Cardiff and Vale College

Join us on 23 February 4pm at our virtual awards ceremony celebrating all the nominees and winners, hosted by award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and presenter, Marverine Cole.

“These awards are hugely important. Working in the area of media diversity myself, it’s clear that broadcasters are starting to realise the value of having a range of people working and ‘on-screen’, as well as the wealth of perspectives and audiences this brings. Therefore, it’s extremely encouraging to see the excellent work going on in the skills sector. All those nominated and shortlisted are beacons of good practice from which I hope others within, and beyond, the sector will draw inspiration.”

The Worldskills UK Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards recognises and celebrates the work that all award nominees have carried out to support diverse and inclusive practices, whether in the workplace, personal life or in the classroom. My colleagues on the awards panel and I have seen how personal difficulties have been overcome and used positively. We have been inspired by the passion and commitment in young people and how they have helped to change attitudes in the workplace. We have also seen how teachers and senior leaders are using their skills and experience to develop and champion inclusive curriculum. The high standard of nominees, and the work that they are doing, meant that selecting category winners was very difficult. All nominees should be proud of the difference that they are making to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Simon Feneley-Lamb , Chief Operating Officer, Skills and Education Group

Simon Feneley-Lamb Skills and Education Group
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