In another one of our GO Awards interviews, we catch up with Sue Woodward from City and County of Swansea, last year’s winners of the GO Best Employment Initiative Award, which was sponsored by Epson. Sue talks about the council’s winning submission, which was based around their Beyond Bricks and Mortar initiative.
Why did you decide to enter the UK National GO Awards?
It’s great to get recognition for the hard work done by the team in establishing and running an innovative scheme.
Congratulations once more on your success at the 2017 Awards, can you please tell us more about your winning procurement initiative.
Beyond Bricks and Mortar is an initiative which ensures that community benefit clauses are put into all of Swansea Council’s contracts, which mandate contractors to carry out training and employment for unemployed people, supply chain initiatives for local SMEs and other community and education initiatives. Once a contract is awarded, BB&M works with the contractor and employability organisations to place unemployed people with them, monitoring achievements.
What was your personal highlight of the event?
The event was well organised, with an opportunity to network and socialise and a chance to gain recognition from others for the team’s work.
How did winning a GO Award benefit your organisation?
Winning an award which recognises the team’s work is a boost for individuals and it also means much to the organisation. Other organisations recognise our achievement and the initiative grows in importance. Most important is the subject matter – community benefits – which we passionately believe in. It gains more publicity and increases the chances of others following suit, working towards alleviating unemployment.
Why should an organisation enter the UK National GO Awards 2018/19?
The opportunity to gain recognition for your organisation through an Award should not be underestimated in terms of the good publicity it creates.
*The UK National GO Awards 2018/19 and the GO Awards Northern Ireland accept entries from public, private and third sector organisations.
You can enter either or both of the Awards here.
Be quick though, entry to the GO Awards Northern Ireland closes at midday on Friday 9 February (Extended deadline). Entry to the National Awards closes at 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018.