We were delighted to win ‘Best Regional Initiative’ at the SpringBoard 2017 Awards for Excellence last week in London. SpringBoard is the hospitality industry charity that supports young, unemployed people into work throughout the UK. The award recognised Foxes Academy’s work experience programme which has been developed over the past 20 years and now has in excess of 50 work providers in the local community.
Foxes Academy trains its students to be work ready when they leave the college and return to their home areas. There is a significant impact on the local and wider community of having our learners in work experience placements such as Sodexo Defence which is the leading provider of on-site soft facilities management services to the British Armed Forces.
Our work providers and the high quality realistic work environments they offer in their businesses are highly valued and important to the Academy. It is very important for Foxes to fully engage and support its work providers to ensure the college is meeting their employment and business requirements. We do this through work placement visits, ongoing support, providers’ networking events, satisfaction surveys and an opportunity to shadow vocational tutors and learner support practitioners as they teach and support learners in Foxes Hotel.
As part of our commitment to increasing regional disability employment we invited Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work to tour the Sodexo site at Norton Manor Camp. She met Foxes’ students Alicia and William who were on work experience as Kitchen Assistants in the mess kitchen which caters for up to 500 troops.
Congratulations must also go to our partner Hilton who took home ‘Best Recruitment Initiative’ award and the Hilton London Bankside who received the ‘Community Engagement’ award.