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Skills Launchpad Plymouth recognised nationally for contribution to employability

The Skills Launchpad Plymouth team are celebrating after gaining national recognition as finalists for Digital Solution and Frontline Manager of the Year last week in London. Now in their eleventh year, the ERSA Employability Awards celebrate people and organisations working for better work; those assisting disadvantaged and marginalised jobseekers and low-income workers.

Putting Plymouth and the South West on the map, Skills Lead, Emma Hewitt, and Skills Launchpad Manager, Jo Lacy, joined 400 attendees from across the UK as the city-wide partnership was acknowledged for its contribution to employability, as an innovative local service and solution.

Emma Hewitt, Skills Lead, Plymouth City Council said: “To be recognised on the national stage really meant a lot, especially off the back of last year's local and regional acknowledgements for Innovation. By working together in city-wide partnership, Skills Launchpad Plymouth has brought everything together in one place for the first time. Whilst our Coordinators and partners play a vital role, this service and our website are at the core of our delivery. This fantastic digital solution centralises localised opportunities for skills, training, education, careers and jobs and by ‘joining the dots’ we have improved access for local people and employers to better navigate the complex skills landscape, providing a go to place for the city’s front-line employability advisers to access the latest information. Over 43,000 unique visitors have visited our website and accessed the impartial information, advice and guidance made available in the online resource banks supporting the Youth Hub, Adult Hub and Employer Hub. This national recognition from ERSA is the icing on the cake after a lot of hard work and innovation.”

Skills Launchpad Manager, Jo Lacy was also finalist for the Frontline Manager of the Year – Working for Better Work award. Jo said: “we are a small but mighty team who demonstrate what can be achieved when we work together. To be recognised for inspiring and developing my team, encouraging better performance, building excellent relationships and going the mile, was a validation of my efforts as a manager but is also testament to the achievements of my brilliant team and our city-wide partnership. Together we have successfully supported hundreds of Plymouth people into employment, training or to access support, and that is really impactful! We're excited to see what the next 12 months brings!"


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