Prospects, the employment, education, training and care company, has won UK Large Business of the Year 2017 at National Centre for Diversity Grand Awards. The award recognises Prospects commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion is part of their organisational DNA. The company, which is employee owned, has a strong value-led culture that celebrates a different but equal attitude towards employees, stakeholders and customers who use their services.
The company, which is led by chief executive, Nick Bell, works with many of the country’s most vulnerable people supporting young people and adults who are not in employment, education or training, care leavers, offenders, those who are long term unemployed and those looking to progress in work and learning.
Nick comments about Prospects win and their approach to equality and diversity: “This is an incredibly proud moment for me, winning this award is a testament to my colleagues whose dedication to a fairer society by providing tailored services is what ensures Prospects is an innovative company with a strong, diverse and vibrant workforce. For Prospects being committed to diversity and equality isn’t something we tack-on, it runs through our veins and is at the heart of our business model.”
Nick concludes: “Being diverse is critical for us, and we have complete buy-in at every level and in every area of Prospects. Across the company we value everyone we connect with because fairness and equality is the way we choose to do business. I know everyone at Prospects will be as proud as me to be recognised for our hard work in becoming the National Centre for Diversity’s Large Business of the Year.”
Prospects was selected from a shortlist of seven nationally known companies; VINCI Construction UK, NG Bailey, Carillion Strategic Highways, Arriva Rail North, Prospects, Interserve Construction and Amey. Prospects works with more than 20 local authorities across the country providing services for adults and young people, early years and children in and leaving care, as well as services to schools and government contracts for education. Prospects is also the largest provider of the government’s National Career Service.
Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity said “This is an astonishing achievement. Prospects have beaten off tremendously talented competition, I am so happy for Prospects. The Grand Awards is a glittering and emotional night of celebration of the sheer hard work of people that work in the country’s best companies in relation to Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement (FREDIE). I’d like to offer a huge congratulations to Prospects for winning Large Business of the Year, I know they live and breathe equality and diversity, and also to all of the award winners and those who were also shortlisted and nominated for one of our awards. Beyond this year’s Awards evening, we at the National Centre for Diversity know that there are fantastic people right across the country; working hard to make their organisations, wider communities and the UK in general a better and more equitable place for us all.”
The National Centre for Diversity awards recognise companies and individuals who embrace the centre’s aims to advance fairness for all in the workplace by helping organisations to embed best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices. Their goal is to positively influence beliefs, attitudes, behaviour and conduct towards issues surrounding EDI. Prospects is a Leader in Diversity and is ranked 47th in the top 100 index by the National Centre for Diversity.
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