This year a number of our members have been recognised for their contribution to the sector. We congratulate all the winners, runners up and nominees who have taken part in awards programs in 2016…
Long-Term Unemployment Conference Employment Industry Awards
Youth Projects was very recently named the winner of the 2016 Youth Employment Award, presented as part of the Long-Term Unemployment Conference program.
The Melbourne-based organisation was recognised for its social enterprise, Good2Go, a coffee outlet and retail store which helps young long-term unemployed people build up work-ready skills and confidence while at the same time addressing non-vocational barriers to employment.
The Awards aim to recognise individuals and organisations for their continuous work and commitment to long-term unemployment while highlighting the excellence, dedication and achievements within the Employment Industry.
NESA Employment Services Awards
Penelope Weatherall from Open Minds was named NESA National Employment Consultant of the Year. The Award recognises professionals who work to find jobs for disadvantaged Australians. Penelope just beat out another CoAct colleague for the title – Mel Pilgrim from Workways was named as one of three finalists in the category.
There are more than 20,000 employment consultants work across Australia, helping job seekers reap the economic, health and social benefits of workforce participation – to be named in the top three is a significant achievement for both Penelope and Mel.
Community Solutions and Endeavour Foundation were also recognised in the NESA Awards, named as a finalist in the newly introduced Innovation in Disability Employment category.
And Cairns-based business, Taylor Made, who has been working tirelessly with Workways to create opportunities for migrants and refugees, was named as a finalist in the National Champion Employer of the Year Award.
NESA (National Employment Services Association) is the peak body for the Australian employment and related services industry.
Social Enterprise Awards
Community food social enterprise, The Staples Bag, an initiative of SSI, was named as a finalist in the 2016 Social Enterprise Awards in the One to Watch category.
Presented by Social Traders, this Award is for social enterprises who have been trading for less than three years that can articulate their future vision and can demonstrate a clear roadmap for growth in their business model.
Since launching one year ago, The Staples Bag now provide groceries to more than 750 families and individuals every week.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to once again congratulate the winners of CoAct’s 2016 Awards, which were presented at the inaugural ConnectUp! event in June.
Steve Lawrence Award Winner – Impact Community Services, in recognition of their Street Outreach Service.
CoAct Employer of the Year – Endeavour Foundation, nominated by Community Solutions.
CoAct Employer of the Year Runner-Up – Taylor Made, nominated by Workways
CoAct Excellence Award Winners – Workways, Open Minds, SSI and MTC.