youth employability awards

2023

Each year, we hold this special event to highlight individuals and organisations across the network who have been particularly extraordinary in their efforts to help young people into work. We hope it will serve as an inspiring and positive moment to celebrate all that has been achieved and to shine a light on the heroes in our network who have made a real difference. 

Movement to work turns 10

This year is made even more special as we will celebrate Movement to Work’s 10th anniversary, taking time to recognise those who have supported the charity and played an instrumental role in helping young people work over the last decade.

Getting Nominated

Please review the categories below and use the form at the bottom of this page to tell us about the people you’ve worked with this year who inspired you the most. Please note our nominations deadline is Friday 10 Feb 2023.


Award Categories 

Employer of the Year

Employer of the Year

An organisation affiliated with Movement to Work which has had a significant impact on young people in the UK. This can be evidenced in different ways, for example, they have delivered an impressive number of placements. It can also recognise an organisation that is committed to driving positive change for young people.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • The measures taken reach those furthest from the job market.
  • Size of impact in relation to size of employer, e.g. the amount of young people helped is significant, taking into account the size of the organisation.
  • The placements are strategically planned, so that they form a critical element of the company’s recruitment and diversity drive e.g. positive recruitment and retention rates. 
Mentor of the Year

Mentor of the Year

An individual who has gone above and beyond in making a difference to the experience that young people have had on a Movement to Work programme.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • The individual was instrumental in the delivery of a MtW programme.
  • The individual has helped young people make the most of their opportunities.
  • The individual has gone above and beyond their day job to make a difference.
Partner of the Year

Partner of the Year

A charity, youth engagement or training partner that has made a real difference through partnership, targeted outreach or support. This charity, youth engagement or training partner must show evidence of how their approach has positively impacted young people in their journey to work. In addition, how that partner has supported employers to successfully deliver their employability programmes.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • Innovation around finding solutions to challenges faced by young people in their journey into work, and/or the barriers facing young people in the post-pandemic environment. 
  • Demonstrating commitment to delivering positive outcomes.
  • How that partner has worked collaboratively with employers to deliver impactful programmes and achieve a sustainable pipeline of youth talent.
Individual Impact Award 

Individual Impact Award 

An individual who has shown outstanding commitment and contribution to Movement to Work through their organisation and beyond, championing and supporting young people on their employment journey. This could be an employer or a partner.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • The individual’s resilience and commitment to supporting young people and delivering quality opportunities.
  • The individual’s impact on their organisation, where they have gone above and beyond their day-to-day role to contribute to supporting young people on their employment journey, e.g. they have taken on extra responsibility, created and delivered a new process/scheme.
  • The individual’s impact on young people.
Breakthrough Star Award

Breakthrough Star Award

A recent (up to 12 months) graduate from a Movement to Work programme who has shown great potential at the start of their career journey.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • That the individual has overcome difficult barriers to work.
  • The individual’s commitment to their role and organisation.
  • Personal and professional growth.
Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award

An individual who graduated 12+ months from a Movement to Work programme that has made a real difference within their organisation or gone on to make a positive impact.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • That the individual has overcome difficult barriers to work.
  • The individual’s impact on their role and organisation.
  • The individual’s extracurricular contribution (above and beyond their day-to-day role).
Innovator of the Year Award

Innovator of the Year Award

An employer, partner, group or individual, connected to Movement to Work, who has taken creative measures which have made a significant impact on removing barriers to work. Whereas other awards may focus on scale of impact, this award focuses on the power of innovation: what new ideas and unique approaches have been applied to helping more #YoungPeopleWork between 2022-2023 i.e. digital adaptation, virtual programmes, recruitment strategies.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • True innovation/changes to adapt to challenges facing youth employment in the post pandemic environment.
  • How this innovation has made a significant impact on removing barriers to work.
  • How this innovation paves the way for wider change across the industry.
MtW Chair’s Legacy Award

MtW Chair’s Legacy Award

An employer affiliated with Movement to Work who, throughout Movement to Work’s lifetime, has contributed significantly to the Movement, to driving positive social impact and to generating equal opportunities for all.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • Clear evidence of a significant impact that the employer’s measures has had on youth unemployment.
  • Evidence of an ongoing commitment to supporting young people and creating quality opportunities.
  • Evidence demonstrating  leadership and the sharing of best practice to break down barriers to youth unemployment.
Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award

A Movement to Work graduate who has faced significant barriers, overcome them, and either has shown true potential to reach / has reached a leadership role in their organisation. As they have progressed through their career, they have remained committed to supporting young people at the start of their journeys.

Assessment criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of…

  • This individual has overcome difficult barriers to work.
  • How that young person has demonstrated potential, and how they have developed, to reach a leadership role in their organisation.
  • Showing remaining commitment to supporting young people in turn.

Nominations are now open

Please use the form below to tell us about the people you’ve worked with this year who have inspired you through their commitment to helping young people into employment. 

  • We will accept supporting evidence, e.g. photos or a video explaining the nominee’s impact and how they have fulfilled the award’s assessment criteria. However, please note that our assessment of the nomination will primarily be focused on the 500-word submission in the text box below, and how this demonstrates that the nominee fulfills the award’s assessment criteria. 
  • We are happy to accept self-nominations, all we need is evidence and a supporting reference. 
  • Please submit one form per nomination. 
  • If you wish to nominate someone for more than one award, please fill out a form for each category.  

Please complete the form below by Friday 10 Feb 2023.

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All entries must be submitted by Friday 10 Feb 2023.

What happens next? Movement to Work will compile a shortlist which will be judged by our youth ambassadors and trusted partners in March. If you are successful at this stage you will be notified, with winners announced at the Movement to Work Youth Employability Awards on Monday 17th April 2023. 

Need some inspiration? Check out what our previous award winners had to say on our YouTube channel here

For more information about the awards, please email us on [email protected]

GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU THERE!