Heras honoured at South Yorkshire Careers Hub’s inaugural Leading the Way Awards

Heras’s Head of HR UK, Laura Ibbotson, has collected an award on behalf of our business in the UK at South Yorkshire Careers Hub’s inaugural Leading the Way Awards.

Laura collected the Creativity & Innovation Award at the event, which celebrates the importance of the support that young people in South Yorkshire receive around careers education.

The first-ever Leading the Way Awards were organised by South Yorkshire Careers Hub and supported by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA), which works in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company and the four local authorities: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It connects with schools, colleges, training providers, employers and other partners in a meaningful way that helps support young people in the next steps in their educational journeys and longer-term career aspirations.

Speaking after the awards, Laura said: “It’s a privilege to accept the award on behalf of Heras and the team that has contributed to the partnership with Outwood Academy Adwick.

“The number one objective was to make a positive impact on the lives and future career aspirations of young people. The Heras team has been commended for actively engaging in a series of activities – such as employers holding mock interviews, hosting sessions on creating CVs, hosting careers fairs and providing the inside track on all the different roles within a business – to give students an invaluable head start on their career pathways.

“The academy’s Associate Assistant Principal, Matthew Longden, should also be commended, as he has championed the drive to help build and sustain the educational partnership.”

The South Yorkshire Careers Hub is currently working with 110 educational providers across the region and has seen an 11% improvement in education providers achieving Gatsby Benchmarks, which are used to measure the success of careers education.

The Careers & Enterprise Company CEO, Oli de Botton, said: “Careers hubs like South Yorkshire, together with local partners, are playing a pivotal part in delivering for young people in their communities. In our recent Ready for the Future report, 74% of Year 13 students now say they are career ready, up from 45% in Year 7.”