Employer of the Year
Employers showing exceptional commitment by partnering with providers in their area, supporting disadvantaged and long-term unemployed jobseekers.

The finalists

Arcus FM
Nominated by Catch22

Arcus FM has been a model employer over the last year and has changed the lives of vulnerable young people seeking work, training and apprenticeship opportunities.
It has employed care leavers and those in the care system at significantly higher risk of long-term unemployment, social isolation, and negative life, through the Bright Light programme.

Nominated by Seetec Pluss

Haven is committed to helping to get people back into work and has given jobseekers opportunities that have completely changed their lives.
The holiday park company recruits for roles in sectors such as hospitality, housekeeping, maintenance and retail and has employed around 40 people across Seetec Pluss programmes over the last year.

Marks & Spencer
Nominated by The Prince’s Trust

Despite a challenging year, Marks & Spencer has shown incredible dedication and support for disadvantaged young people, helping 695 jobseekers through its work with The Prince’s Trust.
The company has supported the charity for over 15 years, investing up to £1m a year to help around 1,200 young people through employability programmes.

Borough Food Cooperative
Nominated by Unity Works

This subsidised supermarket which provides discounted food for those who need it, has been supporting Unity Works, a charity assisting people with a learning disability to gain skills.
It has taken on six volunteers for work experience who have been given the opportunity to develop their work skills across different roles and create new social connections.

This award category is sponsored by Arriva
Operating since 1938, we are one of the UK’s leading providers of bus transport. Since then, our aim is to provide good value tickets and safe, comfortable, reliable bus journeys for our customers.

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The full list of the finalists across all categories can be found here and more on the awards here.