The categories below are to celebrate excellence and recognise activity that has made an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of social mobility.
1. CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD
Tackling social mobility takes vision, commitment and leadership. This award celebrates a senior leader who has had the imagination to “think big”. By embedding and promoting initiatives that address social mobility across their organisation, to being a proud advocate for change, this is a leader making change happen by being a visible, pioneering voice to improve the life chances of those people who really need our help.
2. ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Individuals drive change. From setting up or delivering on a social mobility initiative to directly supporting people, this award is for an outstanding achievement during the eligible period. This will go to an achievement by an individual which is recognised as having had a significant positive impact on advancing social mobility.
3. MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Who would be a mentor and take someone under their wing and help them navigate the challenges that come with building a career? From inspiring young people to dream big, to simply providing a calm word at the right time, this award celebrates those who provide wisdom, advice and support to help the development of those within their organisation, or without, from a less-advantaged background.
4. RISING STAR AWARD
5. ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
Business is tough. Dealing with customers, stakeholders and staff can consume a lot of time and energy. Yet the best companies focus on their people, look to the future and realise that a commitment to social mobility is a business imperative that sets them apart. This award therefore celebrates those firms making an outstanding commitment to social mobility issues. From an open-minded recruitment process, through innovative development and progression initiatives, to broader community activities and overall advocacy of social mobility issues, this company makes it its business to make a tangible difference to the life chances of others.
6. INNOVATION AWARD
7. LEADERSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD
8. RECRUITMENT PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR AWARD
9. PROGRESSION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR AWARD
How high can you go? It is not just about recruitment, or the first step on the ladder. It is about helping those without the support networks to climb as high as their talent will take them. This award celebrates the organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to pushing talent onwards and upwards, to become the leaders of tomorrow.
10. COMMUNITY PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR AWARD
We cannot do this alone. Tackling social mobility is a team effort. This award celebrates the programmes organisations are running that make a tangible difference to our communities. These organisations are raising young people’s aspirations, developing their skills and business awareness, and are helping them understand their future education and employment opportunities – bridging the gap between the classroom and the boardroom. In short, these companies are helping young people to be more prepared for the world of work and more successful within it, through initiatives that are making a real difference to the employment and life chances of those that need the most help in our communities.