Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards 2022

We are very excited to announce the finalists of the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards 2022!

Congratulations to all our finalists and indeed all our entries this year. The number and standard of entries we received is testament to the excellent work that is happening across the county - including so many young people who are working hard to prepare for their futures.

Find out who the finalists are in each of the Award categories below!  

Further information can be found on our FAQ page.

 


 

AWARD CATEGORIES 

CAREERS INSPIRATION IN BUSINESS (1 to 249 employees)                         
For an individual or a company that has effectively inspired young people about future career opportunities.

Finalists:

  • MK Test Systems
  • My PA
  • Sense IT

Entrants will demonstrate:

Clarity of purpose: a clearly articulated business reason for engaging with young people
Strength of partnership: how they have worked effectively with their partner education establishments
Impact: Impact: a clear understanding of the scale and depth of their impact on young people

Sponsored by Strode College

www.strode-college.ac.uk


CAREERS INSPIRATION IN BUSINESS (250+ employees) 
For an individual or a company that has effectively inspired young people about future career opportunities.

Finalists:

  • Army Careers Centre Taunton
  • Somerset Larder
  • Willmott Dixon

Entrants will demonstrate:

Clarity of purpose: a clearly articulated business reason for engaging with young people
Strength of partnership: how they have worked effectively with their partner education establishments
Impact: a clear understanding of the scale and depth of their impact on young people

Sponsored by Thatchers Cider
We’re family cidermakers with our home at Myrtle Farm in Somerset. We care about our ciders, and we care about tomorrow. We’ve a vision to create sustainable, great tasting cider for generations to come, enjoyed, loved and respected the world over.

We’re pleased to be supporting the Careers Inspiration in Business category of these awards as we believe the next generation is so important, and as a business, we have a responsibility to excite and enthuse young people entering the work place.

www.thatcherscider.co.uk


CAREERS INSPIRATION IN EDUCATION 
For the education institution that has most effectively inspired students about future careers.

Finalists:

  • Emma France and Jane Parker
  • South Somerset Information Advice and Guidance Group
  • Work Placements Team, Bridgwater and Taunton College

Entrants will demonstrate:

Clarity of purpose: a clearly articulated business engagement strategy
Strength of partnership: how they have worked effectively with their business partners
Impact: a clear understanding of how many students they have reached and the impact achieved

Sponsored by Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning  
SCIL is a training organisation, within Support Services for Education, that supports all staff working or those wishing to work within the children and young people's workforce (0-19) to ensure they are appropriately trained to meet statutory legislation and to be the best practitioners to support the best outcomes for children in Somerset and beyond.

We have chosen to support the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards and sponsor the Careers Inspiration in Education award as this fits with SCILs ethos of supporting a culture of lifelong learning in a workforce where everyone feels valued and can reach their full potential - as well as supporting students, learners and apprentices in their development of knowledge and growth into confident professionals in the workforce.

www.sciltraining.co.uk


PROACTIVE YOUNG PERSON

For a young person who has independently taken proactive steps to prepare for their future career.

Finalists:

  • Chloe Fry
  • Kaitlin Carr
  • Rafael Gaspar

Entrants will demonstrate:

Understanding: recognition that preparing for the workplace is an important element of their education
Direction: clarity about their personal attributes and development goals
Action: clear steps taken outside of curriculum time to meet these goals

Sponsored by Hinkley Point C Project
Situated in Somerset, Hinkley Point C is the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in over 20 years.

We have chosen to support the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards and sponsor the Proactive Young Person award as this fits with the HPC Education and Skills Teams ethos of supporting careers and development in the local area. We want to recognise this proactive young person for going above and beyond to prepare for their future career.

www.edfenergy.com/hpceducationandskills


REMOVING BARRIERS
For an organisation or individual that has helped remove barriers to progression for disadvantaged young people.

Finalists:

  • Bold & Brave
  • Somerset County Council
  • Tara Hoskins 

Entrants will demonstrate:

Clarity of purpose: a clear understanding of the group the nominee / entrant is supporting and the barriers they face
Action: the steps taken to remove barriers
Impact: The number of people reached and the impact achieved.

Sponsored by WPA Health Insurance
WPA are a growing Somerset Business, a not for profit company helping families and companies access the best healthcare.  Our Foundation promotes healthy activity amongst the young and this award is all about helping individuals, friends, colleagues and teams thrive. 

At WPA, Removing Barriers is all about recognising and understanding challenges then coaching and mentoring so that every individual and team can, however they identify, be at their most productive in the workplace.  Best of luck to all of the entrants. 

www.wpa.org.uk


OVERCOMING BARRIERS

For an individual who has overcome barriers to progression towards employment.

Finalists:

  • Calum Jones
  • Kaitlin Carr
  • Rhiannon Edge

Entrants will demonstrate:

Understanding: recognition of the barriers they have faced in moving towards employment
Action: Steps taken (with or without support) to address these
Impact: How this has helped them progress towards employment

Sponsored by Somerset West and Taunton Council
Somerset West and Taunton Council is the new district council, committed to serving the residents, businesses and communities of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk


BEST PLACEMENT EMPLOYER

For the employer that provided the highest quality work experience.

Finalists:

  • Edward Martin Computer Services
  • Oddments Theatre
  • Singer Instruments

Entrants will demonstrate:

Preparation: how the business has prepared to deliver a mutually beneficial placement
Delivery: how the business has ensured a successful placement period
Impact: a clear understanding of how this has benefited the individual and the business

Sponsored by Bridgwater and Taunton college

www.btc.ac.uk


BEST PLACEMENT PARTICIPANT

For a person who has excelled during a work placement.

Finalists:

  • Charlotte Griffiths
  • Christopher Moore
  • Cody Southern

Entrants will demonstrate:

Preparation: how they secured and prepared for a successful placement
Engagement:  a strong commitment to delivering the tasks set during the placement period
Impact: how the individual made a positive impact on their host business during their placement


CONTINUING THROUGH COVID

For an individual or organisation that demonstrated innovation and tenacity to continue inspiring young people during COVID 19 restrictions.

Finalists:

  • NHS Somerset Colleagues
  • Sally Smiles
  • Somerset Highways Maintenance Social Value Group

Entrants will demonstrate:

Innovation: what they did differently to continue inspiring young people
Tenacity: how they overcome obstacles on the way
Impact: how this made a difference to young people

Sponsored by Somerset Chamber of Commerce
Somerset Chamber of Commerce is one of only 53 Chambers accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in the UK. Established in 1994, we work hard to support local businesses and, specifically, our 500-strong network of member businesses covering all industry sectors from sole-traders to multi-national corporations.  Combined with local town chambers, Somerset Chamber represents over 2,000 businesses across Somerset.

Our vision is to be a catalyst to support and grow a vibrant Somerset economy and we know how challenging it has been for businesses of all sizes to trade both during and post-pandemic. We want to help celebrate their many achievements and to support the next generation of young business people, so we are proud to be sponsoring this award.

www.somerset-chamber.co.uk


OUTSTANDING PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION
Partners are invited to nominate individuals who have contributed to raising aspirations in Somerset over a significant period.

Finalists:

  • Danielle Haskings
  • Jackie Surrey 
  • Polly Marsh

Nominators should demonstrate that their nominee has:

- inspired or supported young people over several years
- made a lasting positive impact on those they have supported
- gone beyond the requirements of their job role

Notes for entrants / nominators

In the descriptions above a 'young person' is anyone between the age of 14 and 25. 'Disadvantage' includes a physical or learning disability; a long-term health condition; experience of care; homelessness.

Sponsored by Weston College
Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Weston College delivers higher education courses, as well as 70 different apprenticeships from intermediate to degree-level, to nearly 30,000 learners country wide.

www.weston.ac.uk


AWARDS SCHEDULE 

The awards will open for entries and nominations on 4 April 2022.

All entries and nominations must be received by midnight on 20 May 2022.

The awards evening will be held on 14 July 2022.

 

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