Supported Employment team announced as finalists for Economic Development Award

We’re delighted to celebrate that our Supported Employment service has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s LGC Awards.  

For the category of Economic Development, the team are recognised for their work to support people with learning disabilities, difficulties and Autism to succeed in work and volunteering.   

By collaborating with local and South Yorkshire partners as well as Barnsley businesses, the team are paving the way for inclusive employment practices in the region. 

Councillor Jo Newing, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place Health and Adults, said: “Our borough is a place that fosters and grows ambition. The work of our Supported Employment service demonstrates our dedication to making Barnsley an inclusive place where everyone can succeed in a job that’s right for them. 

I’d like to share our congratulations with the service, their partners, businesses and the people they have worked with.” 

The nomination follows a series of achievements for the team, including winning the South Yorkshire Careers Hub award for Innovation in 2023. They also received a rating of ‘Excellent’ in their first Fidelity Assessment from the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE). In the report, they were referred to as a ‘market leader’ in the sector. 

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “After celebrating our double Council of the Year 2023 awards, it’s fantastic to see new nominations to showcase positive impacts for the people and businesses of Barnsley.  

“Economic development and supporting business growth has been a highlight for local success in recent years. After helping to create 340 new businesses and over 4,000 jobs, it’s wonderful to see more people being supported to unlock the benefits of learning and working, no matter their background or starting point. 

“Success stories, like the outcomes from our Supported Employment service, demonstrate our commitment to helping more people to benefit from lifelong learning, skills and employability. It’s timely recognition as we continue to explore more opportunities to make Barnsley the place of possibilities through our Pathways to Work Commission.”  

Congratulations and good luck to everyone shortlisted. The winners will be announced in June 2024. 

Get in touch 

Our Supported Employment service helps people with learning disabilities, learning difficulties or autism to learn new skills and flourish in the workplace. Visit the webpage to learn more about how our team can support you.  

The service also helps businesses to create work and volunteering opportunities free of charge. Visit the webpage to find out how your business could create an opportunity. 

We’re proud to offer support for people to access learning and work through our Skills and Employability advisors. The team can help you to explore what’s possible and find opportunities that are right for you. 

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