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Employability Award for Open Doors

A consortium of six specialist voluntary sector employment providers, including Capability Scotland, has been named as a winner of the ERSA Employability Awards 2016, in the Partner of the Year Award category.

The award was announced at a special ceremony in London last week hosted by ITV news presenter Lucrezia Millarini. The Open Doors Consortium is a partnership of Capability Scotland, ENABLE, The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland, and The Lennox Partnership who work together to promote access to employment for disabled young people.The Employability Awards, now in their fourth year, showcase and champion best practice from across the employment support sector, celebrating the hard work and achievements of those involved in supporting people into work. The Partner of the Year award, sponsored by ICONI, recognises excellence as a delivery partner in the field of employment support.

Ian Bruce, Capability Scotland's Operations Manager for Employment Services, commented:

"Capability Scotland is proud to be part of the Open Doors Consortium and delighted that our partnership work has been recognised by this prestigious award. By working together we have been able to promote the benefits of employing young disabled people to organisations across Scotland as well as provide direct, practical support to young disabled jobseekers."

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA, said: 

"Across the country there are people and organisations doing exceptional work day in and day out, to support people into work. The awards recognise this and enable us to say thank you! Thank you to all those involved in an individual's journey into employment, from an advisor coaching someone towards work, to an employer taking on a candidate, to the jobseeker themselves, working so hard to overcome any barriers and move into work."

This year the awards were judged by Nick Butler, Policy Lead for the Work and Health Programme at the Department for Work and Pensions; Andy Cook, Programmes Director at the Centre for Social Justice; and Christine Chang, Senior Director, Investments at Big Society Capital.