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18th Jun 2019

Adviza has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ERSA Employability Awards 2019, in the Youth Employment category, for our Wellbeing Programme in Buckinghamshire.

Now in its seventh year, 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. 

Adviza’s Wellbeing Programme, launched in January 2014, supported nearly 150 young people in Buckinghamshire to transform their lives.The nomination for the Youth Employment award, is in recognition of the team’s efforts to deliver a range of mentoring and coaching projects designed to improve the life chances of young people in Buckinghamshire. The project was funded by Buckinghamshire County Council and delivered by Adviza staff, alongside volunteers from the community. The project was made up of different avenues of support that young people could access to help move them towards education, employment or training (EET). These included: Future Steps, the Family Nurse Partnership and coaching of the youth unemployed (aged19-24) in Aylesbury, Wycombe and Chesham.

ERSA received over 150 entries from across the UK. This year’s submissions were judged by an all-star panel consisting of internationally recognised political thinker and Director of ResPublica, Phillip Blond, editor of The Sun’s employment page, Jane Hamilton, senior civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions, Mark Staley, and Winner of Adviser of the Year 2018, Tanya Weston of Genius Within.

Sue Brooks, Wellbeing Project Manager for Adviza said:

"We are delighted and very proud to have been nominated in the Youth Employment category of the ERSA awards and it is fantastic recognition of the hard work my team do to support young people in Buckinghamshire. We guide and encourage young people from all kinds of backgrounds at a time when they may be feeling extremely vulnerable and alone. This includes young single parents, youth offenders, young JCP claimants and young families with little or no income. We help them overcome barriers and get back on to their feet through study, training and work alongside practical life advice including support with mental health, finances, housing and access to any other community services they require."

Elizabeth Taylor, Interim Chief Executive, ERSA, said:

"This year’s ERSA Employability Award submissions demonstrate the extraordinary achievements of individuals and organisations supporting people to enter, sustain and progress in work. The huge number of nominations ERSA received highlight the breadth of the commitment in the sector and the tireless work that goes on at the frontline every day. Congratulations to all our finalists!"

The award winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Thursday 20th June.

Please visit www.ersa.org.uk/news/finalists2019 for a full list of finalists.

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