The work of employability, skills and offender rehabilitation provider Working Links has been recognised nationally after being shortlisted for three top awards.
Working Links’ work is being highlighted at the 2017 Employability Awards, run by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA). The awards aim to showcase and champion best practice from across the employment support sector. Covering ten award categories, they demonstrate the breadth of work involved in supporting people into work.
Working Links’ personal consultant Angela Doran, who works across the Lothian area of Scotland, has been shortlisted for the Adviser of the Year while North Wales customer Scott Robertson has been shortlisted in the Significant Achievement award. Working Links’ subcontractor on the Work Progamme and Work Choice programmes, Newport City Council, has also been shortlisted for Partner of the Year.
The awards have been judged by a member of the Work and Pensions Committee in the last Parliament, Heidi Allen MP; Nick Butler, Head of Work Programme Performance at the Department for Work and Pensions; Laura Gardiner, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, the Resolution Foundation; and last year’s winner of the Adviser of the Year Award, Keith Tottingham.
Brian Bell, Working Links’ Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are so proud of the work we and our carefully-chosen partners do to help people maximise their full potential. We have a lot of unsung heroes across the organisation and a lot of good work goes in every day to ensure we deliver good outcomes for people. We are honoured that some of these heroes have been recognised from respected people within the industry.”
Kirsty McHugh, ERSA’s Chief Executive, said: “This year’s award submissions demonstrate the extraordinary achievements of individuals and organisations across the sector and our judges had an unenviable task shortlisting the best of the best in each category. Common to every nomination is the passion and commitment they show to supporting employability and transforming lives, communities and businesses. These awards celebrate and champion the best of the work that goes on at the frontline every day in the sector.”
The winners will be announced at a special ceremony held in London on 29 June.