Skip to content

Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards 2019

D&I graphic

Nominate today!

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

Our Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards celebrate individuals and organisations going above and beyond to support young people from a range of backgrounds, championing difference and inclusivity in the Further Education (FE) sector.

Hosted in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners, the awards are open to everybody involved in FE – from colleges, training providers, universities, to employers, networks and individuals.

Winners will be announced as part of WorldSkills UK LIVE – the UK’s biggest apprenticeship and careers event – on Friday 22 November, from 3pm to 5pm at the NEC Birmingham.


There are six categories, designed to honour organisations and individuals who champion diversity and inclusion in FE:

Nominate today!

Applications are free and the deadline for applications is 4 October at 5pm. See below for assessment guidelines and FAQ.

About Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) are excited to form a partnership with WorldSkills UK as they launch their 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
  • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

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

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 receive completed Award Nomination forms is 5pm on Friday 4th October 2019

The Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards Ceremony will be held at WorldSkills UK LIVE, on Friday 22nd November 2019 at 3pm to 5pm, and is free to attend.

Nominations guidance and FAQs