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National recognition for delivering better outcomes through Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Competing alongside a wide breadth of UK initiatives, Plymouth City Council is among the finalists at the local government MJ Awards in the category of ‘Delivering Better Outcomes’ for the impact achieved through Skills Launchpad Plymouth.


With challenging budgets for the public sector, much more emphasis is being placed on achieving more with fewer resources, and this national award category celebrates the best innovation led by council teams which have made a real difference in the lives of their citizens by providing better outcome-focused services or projects. 


Councillor Sally Cresswell, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Apprenticeships said: “We are delighted that Skills Launchpad Plymouth has been recognised nationally as a finalist for the prestigious MJ Awards with the judging panel commending Plymouth’s innovative city-wide partnership in ‘joining the dots’ to deliver as a single skills system.


“Every day, our Skills team works tirelessly as part of this holistic multi-agency approach alongside over 80 partners, community groups and employers to deliver better outcomes for local people by understanding the local challenges, barriers and identifying those most in need of help.


“Working collaboratively both internally across council departments, and with the city’s public, private and voluntary sectors to connect opportunities for skills, training, education, careers and jobs, we have created a truly innovative, intelligence-led place-based and person-centred approach which is really making a difference. It’s exciting to see our work continuing to gain national recognition with a golden opportunity to share our learning with colleagues across the country.”


The MJ Awards will take place in London on 21 June. For more information about the event, click here - Meet the finalists - The MJ Achievement Awards 2024 (



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