Find out who won in each category of the 2023 WorldSkills UK Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Awards in partnership with Skills and Education Group.

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

Find out who won in each category below, or watch the awards ceremony on-demand.

Derek Cockfield WorldSkills UK EDI lead said:

“We were overwhelmed and delighted with the volume and quality of nominations this year, demonstrating the value of the awards and the importance of addressing inclusion and diversity across sectors.”

“Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination, your stories are a great source of inspiration and will inform how we continue to drive change and help as many young people as possible, from all backgrounds, succeed in work and life.”

Initiative of the year: Sponsored by Toyota

London South East Colleges

Network of the Year : Sponsored by Air Products

BT Group

Rising Star: Sponsored by Skills & Education Group

Aiman Naseer – Lloyds Banking Group

Role Model: Sponsored by ICAEW

Rebecca Cackett – CGI

Inclusive Skills Development: Sponsored by FE Week

Nav Ahmed – Arden University

Skills Competition Diversity Champion: Sponsored by Education & Training Foundation

Joanne Manship – Oldham College

David McCay – North West Regional College

Skills Competitions Advocate: Sponsored by Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance

North West Regional College

Derwen College

Pioneer Award: Sponsored by UVAC

Pami Johal – North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College

Award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and presenter of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards ceremony, Marverine Cole. had this to say about the awards ceremony.

“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.”

Watch the awards ceremony on-demand
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