We won two Awards last week!

Last week, two great things happened, within minutes of each other.  Firstly, our inspirational colleague Tanya Weston won the Advisor of the Year Award at the Employability Awards 2018 – our pride in her work knows no bounds and we were delighted that others had seen what we see.  She is truly a Genius Star!

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, it was then announced that Genius Within CIC had won the Disability and Health Employment Award. We are both humbled and ecstatic at our work being recognized by our peers, and are so very grateful to every organization and person who voted for us.  A big thank you to every member of our team for all their hard work, and for earning this award with us.



ERSA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 ERSA Employability Awards, sponsored by Clarion Futures. The results were unveiled last night (14 June) at a special evening ceremony in London attended by the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP, and hosted by ITV’s Lucrezia Millarini. The Minister delivered the keynote address, congratulating the sector on its dedication to transforming people’s lives.Following the awards, Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP, said: 

‘I congratulate all the winners of this year’s ERSA Employability Awards for their hard work and dedication towards helping people of all abilities and backgrounds into work. It’s absolutely right that we celebrate these successes and the partnerships they represent which, against the backdrop of record employment levels we’re seeing across the country, is even more fantastic news.’

The 2018 ERSA Employability Award winners are:
  • Youth Employment Award sponsored by entitledto:Sova (nominated by Birmingham Youth Offending Service)
  • Disability and Health Employment Award sponsored by ICONI:Genius Within CIC
  • Partner of the Year Award sponsored by Shaw Trust: Blackpool Council – Positive Steps into Work Service (Nominated by G4S)
  • Innovation Award sponsored by Forward Trust: Reform Radio
  • Large Employer of the Year Award sponsored by Reed in Partnership:  Virgin Trains
  • Small or Medium Employer of the Year Award sponsored by Novus: Roses Homecare (nominated by Kennedy Scott)
  • Team of the Year Award sponsored by IEP and Jobskilla: Torus – Employment Team
  • Adviser of the Year Award sponsored by Alderwood: Tanya Weston (nominated by Genius Within)
  • Significant Achievement Award sponsored by Working Links: Tom Sewell (nominated by Down’s Syndrome Association)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Pluss: Bob Marsh, Chief Executive, Clarion UK

The ERSA Employability Awards celebrate best practice across the employment support sector and seek to demonstrate the day-to-day hard work and dedication of those working to improve the lives of jobseekers, communities and the wider workforce.

ERSA received nearly 150 entries across ten categories demonstrating the breadth of work in the sector. The award entries were judged by Ashwin Kumar, Chief Economist at Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Tabitha Jay, Director of the Work and Health Unit, Gill Holmes, Senior DWP official and last year’s winner of the Advisor of the Year award, Adrian Bailey of Prisoners Abroad.


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