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Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards 2020

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WorldSkills UK in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners are delighted to announce the launch of the Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards 2020.

We believe all young people, from all backgrounds, deserve the same chance to succeed through technical skills and vocational education.

The Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards 2020 are to honour, celebrate, and shine a light on individuals and organisations who are going above and beyond, championing diversity and inclusion within their organisations and the wider technical education sector.

Hosted in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners, the awards are open to all students, apprentices, employees and organisations within the technical education sector, and are an opportunity to recognise outstanding commitment to promoting and supporting diverse and inclusive practices and celebrate those making a real difference.

All nominees will be invited to attend the Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards Ceremony being held in January 2021, where the winners will be announced and presented with their award.

Watch the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards Ceremony 2019

Entry to the awards is FREE, and you can enter more than one category. Details of each of the six categories are below, along with a link to submit your nominations.

The deadline to submit completed Award Nomination forms is 4pm on Friday 4th December 2020

Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards Categories 2020

Organisation Awards

  • Programme or Campaign of the Year – Sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing UK
  • Network of the Year – Available for Sponsorship
  • Inclusive Employer of the Year – Available for Sponsorship

Individual Awards

  • Role Model Award – Available for Sponsorship
  • Rising Star – Available for Sponsorship
  • Competitions Diversity Champion Award – Sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners

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About WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK is a partnership between governments, business and education across the UK and our remit is to inspire, train and develop young people through national and international skills competitions to help drive up skills standards, productivity and levels of self-confidence. Our mission is to help all young people go further, faster, in their careers. Our work with our partners gives the next generation the skills they need to reach their full potential. We are committed to ensuring that all young people get the same chances to succeed through our skills development programme. That’s why we are passionate about the need to increase social mobility, diversity and inclusion and contribute to the success of young people from all backgrounds in technical education and apprenticeships. We are proud members of the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network.

About Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) are pleased to continue their partnership with WorldSkills UK for the 2020 awards. Fundamental to our Early Careers’ programme and our ways of working at CCEP is our focus on inclusivity, with huge importance placed on the value that every individual brings to the business. We feel it is important for companies to work closely with relevant organisations to ensure both inclusion and diversity are being considered across any apprenticeship initiative.

Diversity is something we celebrate in all its forms at CCEP and as such we open our doors to individuals from all walks of lives regardless of background. As a company we are committed to increasing BAME representation, for us goals like this are vital. We strive for a workforce that is ethnically diverse, multi-generational and one which truly represents the communities we operate in.


Assessment Criteria

For all Award categories, we are particularly interested in role models who have worked to engage one or more of the following underrepresented groups: 

  • Young women in STEM and Construction;
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people;
  • Young people identifying as LGBT+;
  • Young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities; and
  • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

All of the awards will be assessed on the information provided in the submission form, including, the approach, reach and impact, and innovation.

Nominations Guidance and FAQs

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