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Catch22 wins twice at the 2024 MTW Youth Employability Awards

Catch22 team and partners collect awards april 2024

Catch22 wins two awards at the 2024 Movement to Work Youth Employability Awards, April 15, 2024. The organisation was awarded both Partner of the Year and, alongside its partner Salesforce, Innovator of the Year.

Catch22’s talented Career Coach, Andrew Smith, was also shortlisted for the Mentor of the Year award.

Catch22 wins 2024 MTW Partner of the Year Award

Naomi Hulston, Catch22 CEO and Christina Hicks, Assistant Director for Employability at Catch22 accept award for Partner of the Year
Catch22’s Naomi Hulston, CEO and Christina Hicks, Assistant Director for Employability accept Partner of the Year award

Catch22 was awarded Partner of the Year, for the outstanding impact of its youth employability programmes. Catch22’s employability and skills hub works with a network of employers, spanning a range of sectors and geographies.

In the last year, Catch22 youth employability programmes have supported over 2,479 people facing barriers to work into jobs and a further 360 into education and training. The aim is to place people into a good job, not just ‘any job’ and Catch22 are proud that 64% of those placed into work have sustained that outcome for at least 26 weeks.

Catch22 was recognised for its flexible approach to delivery, wrap-around support, access to bursaries and up to 6-months in-work support.

Catch22 and Salesforce win 2024 Innovator of the Year Award

Catch22 team and partners collect awards april 2024
Tony Hyland MBE, DWP. Isabel Jones, Andrew Smith, Christina Hicks, and Sam Stanyer, Catch22. Jhane Gibson and Kirstin Steinmetz from Salesforce

Catch22 and its partner Salesforce were awarded Innovator of the Year for their shared programme, The Digital Leap. The Digital Leap is a pre-employability training initiative, funded by Salesforce and designed and delivered by Catch22.

The programme supports young people furthest from the job market to get into jobs and apprenticeships within the digital and technology sectors. The aim is to help young participants feel confident to use digital skills and technology and equip them for the future world of work. Thanks to the collaboration between Catch22, Salesforce and Movement to Work, participants are also given the opportunity to undertake a two-week work experience opportunity at Salesforce.

Catch22 and Salesforce’s collaboration was recognised for its innovative approaches and the inclusion of AI learning modules into the programme.

“The Salesforce Digital Leap and Movement to Work placement gave me confidence and equipped me to do well in the assessment centres and settle into my new role. The support was priceless; I can’t put a number on it.”
Digital Leap participant 

Catch22 would like to thank our partners for their ongoing support, helping us to deliver this great work. We would also like to recognise the fantastic achievements of our dedicated teams. In particular, we would like to recognise Career Coach Andrew Smith, who was shortlisted for the 2024 Mentor of the Year award.