We delighted to announce that the Foundation and its partner, EY Foundation, have been shortlisted for Charity Collaboration of the Year Award by Charity Times Awards 2022. This short-listing is high praise and recognition of the outstanding effort and hard-work invested in this partnership.
The shortlisting comes for the Our Future and Smart Futures programmes, designed and delivered by EY Foundation with co-funding from the Foundation. The partnership offered paid employability and mentoring support to 45 Year 12s on free school meals in the care sector with the support of CareTech PLC staff in Potters Bar, Manchester and Birmingham.
Over the last four years, this partnership has broadened aspirations, supported skills development, and facilitated a greater sense of purpose amongst participants, reducing barriers to employment and enabling both young people and mentors to thrive in the workplace. Young people developed a better understanding of social care, experiencing first-hand the varied career opportunities in the sector and staff gained essential leadership skills through their 10-month commitment to mentor the young people.
Owing to the success of Our Future and Smart Futures programmes, we, together, were able to launch the Beyond Your Limits programme in October 2020. The two-year programme supports 16-17 year olds in care who are in full / part time education. The programme delivers a range of ‘guaranteed interventions’ including paid work experience and employability training amounting to 21 days of paid support and training.
Our CEO, Jonathan Freeman MBE, said:
“To be short-listed for such a prestigious award is fantastic recognition of our outstanding partnership with the EY Foundation. This partnership has delivered significant positive impact on the lives of young people by providing them with employability and mentoring support as well as insights into the range of fantastic jobs available in the social care sector. Importantly, the programme gives the young people hope for their futures. I look forward to celebrating our teams’ hard work in developing and delivering these fantastic, life-changing programmes.”
EY Foundation’s Interim CEO & Head of Programmes and Regions, Jodie McNally, said:
“We are delighted that our longstanding collaboration with CareTech Foundation has been shortlisted for this award. The nomination recognises the impact of the partnership on broadening aspirations, reducing barriers to employment, and diversifying the care sector’s talent pool. We believe every employer has an important role to play in giving young people a better start to their working lives and CareTech Foundation have been a brilliant partner, always looking for new ways to collaborate, share best practice, and increase their impact on young people.”
The Charity Times Awards will take place on 14th September 2022 at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square.