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12th Mar 2018

We are delighted to announce that our late friend and colleague Gill Coole has won a posthumous UK Career Development award for Career Adviser of the Year. The announcement was made at the Career Development Institute's 2018 Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 7th March in Leeds. Gill's award was collected on her behalf by her husband David.

Gill was a greatly respected and valued member of our careers team and sadly passed away last year. She had been ill with cancer but had recovered sufficiently to return to work, designing new provision for some of the most hard to reach young people through our intensive support programme, Bridges. Sadly, after six months back in work, her cancer returned and she was cruelly taken in May 2017, an incredible shock to everyone she worked with. Adviza wanted to acknowledge the lifetime of support she provided to young people in Buckinghamshire. 

Gill worked in all aspects of Careers IAG: she delivered in schools supporting young people at all academic levels as well as working with disengaged young people in the community. Gill particularly excelled working with our most vulnerable client groups and moved hundreds of young people into EET opportunities. She showed immense empathy and an ability to recognise the individual needs of each young person. She helped them to address their barriers and achieve positive outcomes despite previously limited life chances.

Adviza's Chief Executive Katharine Horler said: "We are all so delighted that Gill won the award for the Careers Adviser of the Year. Her commitment to young people, especially the most vulnerable, was outstanding, she was highly creative and really went the extra mile achieving amazing results for young people who faced enormous challenges. Gill has left a very precious legacy which only serves to remind us of the impact our work can make on others. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her."

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