The Poppy Factory has been named winners of the Disability and Health Employment category at the ERSA Employability Awards for its work supporting veterans with health conditions get back into meaningful employment.
Now in its seventh year, the ERSA Employability Awards celebrate best practice across the employment support sector and seek to demonstrate the day-to-day hard work and dedication of those working to improve the lives of jobseekers, communities and the wider workforce.
The Disability and Health Employment Award, sponsored by ICONI, recognises an employment service provider who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in supporting jobseekers with limiting health conditions to achieve sustained employment.
Since The Poppy Factory’s Getting You Back To Work service began in 2010, over 1,000 veterans with health conditions have been supported into sustainable employment across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Deirdre Mills, The Poppy Factory Chief Executive, said: ‘We are delighted to be announced the winners of the Disability and Health Employment category. We were the only military organisation to make the finals and it is a terrific recognition within the sector of the quality and reach of our service and of the good that we do.
“It is also a reflection on everyone in The Poppy Factory and particularly of the skill, dedication and tremendous effort of our Employability Team to whom I offer huge congratulations and a massive thank you.”
ERSA received nearly 150 entries across ten categories demonstrating the breadth of work in the sector.
This year’s winners were selected by an all-star panel of judges, namely Phillip Blond, internationally recognised political thinker and Director of ResPublica, the editor of The Sun’s employment page, Jane Hamilton, senior Department for Work and Pensions official, Mark Staley and Winner of Adviser of the Year 2019, Tanya Weston of Genius Within.
ERSA’s Interim Chief Executive, Elizabeth Taylor, says: “On behalf of everyone at ERSA, I would like to say a huge congratulations to this year’s winners. We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations across the employment support sector – from the frontline advisers supporting people towards employment, the jobseekers overcoming huge barriers to work and the organisations ready to give people that much needed chance. Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s awards.’
Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma, says: “I want to thank and congratulate all of this year’s winners and runners-up, for all their fantastic work on behalf of jobseekers up and down the country.
“We have more people in work than ever before, but projects like these are making sure we spread that opportunity even further and provide vital support to those looking for work.”