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Catch22 shortlisted for national employability award

The Catch22 Apprenticeships and Employability team has been chosen as a finalist in the ERSA Employability Awards 2016.

29 April 2016

ERSA Awards Finalist 2016 LogoCatch22 has been selected as a finalist in the national ERSA (Employment Related Services Association) Employability Awards 2016.

Now in their fourth year, the awards aim to showcase and champion best practice from across the employment support sector. The list of finalists includes a wide variety of organisations and individuals unified by the exceptional service and support they deliver to help people into employment.

Catch22 has been shortlisted in the Youth Employment category (sponsored by Intraining and Rathbone). This award seeks to recognise an exemplar provider who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to helping young people to overcome barriers and enter and maintain work. The other shortlisted nominees in this category are the Royal Mencap Society Oxfordshire Supported Internship Programme and Bernicia.

ERSA received over 130 entries across the ten award categories. This year the award entries were judged by Christine Chang, Senior Director – Investment; Nick Butler, Policy Lead for the Work and Health Programme, DWP; and Andy Cook, Programmes Director, Centre for Social Justice.

The awards judges said:

‘The challenge of determining a shortlist of finalists from such a strong field of entries was by no means easy but the judges enjoyed reading through the nominations and learning more about the sector. Coupled with the high number and excellent quality of entries across all of the awards our judges had a very difficult task in picking the finalists within each category.’

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of ERSA, said:

‘Our judges this year have had a close to impossible task in shortlisting the best in class from across the sector. This sector is about professionalism and passion. Every one of our finalists has demonstrated both in their efforts to ensure that the nation’s jobseekers are able to thrive in the labour market.’

The winners will be announced on 21 July at the Awards Ceremony at the British Library in central London, attended by the Employment Minister, Priti Patel.

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