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Plymouth City Council recognised nationally for delivering better outcomes through free Skills Launchpad Plymouth service

Plymouth City Council’s highly acclaimed skills team was highly commended on Friday at the national MJ Awards in London, for delivering better outcomes through their understanding of the local challenges, barriers and identifying those most in need of help.


Skills Lead, Emma Hewitt, and Skills Launchpad Manager, Jo Lacy were among the 1,000 attendees who joined together to celebrate the organisations, projects and people making the biggest impact in local government across the UK.


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. 


Emma Hewitt, Skills Lead at Plymouth City Council said:

“To be celebrated for 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, is a joy and reflects the power of working collaboratively to ‘join the dots.’ The single skills system we have created in Plymouth is special. The innovative service has an intelligence-led, place-based and person-centred approach, which is really making a difference and it is exciting to see our work continuing to gain national recognition, and to share our learning with colleagues across the country.”



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