On Monday 14 November, the third annual London ESF Awards and first ERDF Awards were held at City Hall. The event celebrated the successes of exceptional achievers and businesses supported by the 2007-13 ESF and ERDF Programmes in London. Seven awards were presented to 22 finalists.
Gallery of ERDF ESF Awards 2011
Mohammed Rahi who completed an ESF project at City Gateway, won the award for Progression onto an Apprenticeship. He said:
“I am so pleased to have won this award. The best thing about the ESF project was my tutors who were like family to me. My mum is so proud; she’s seen a big difference and is really happy for me. I will keep progressing for my future.”
Munira Mirza the Mayor’s Advisor for Youth and Culture joined in the celebrations and presented the award for ‘Young Learner of the Year’. She said:
“European funding is really making a difference in London. The ESF and ERDF programmes are worth more than £1billion over seven years. The projects they fund boost London’s small businesses and get Londoners, young and old, back to work and into training.
In doing so, they support the Mayor’s strategies to make London the best big city in the world through regenerating deprived areas, tackling environmental problems, creating apprenticeships, jobs and helping our youth”.
Peter Stub Jorgensen Director of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion presented the awards for Adult Learner of the Year and Progression onto an Apprenticeship. He said:“This is our third year in London celebrating the successes of ESF participants. The finalists are outstanding examples of the 595,000 Londoners who have joined the ESF programme. Of these 38,000 individuals have found a job and 32,000 NEETs have progressed into education, employment or training. ESF is about making a difference, providing holistic support tailored to individual needs whilst engaging with the hardest to help participants and with those who may not otherwise be eligible for mainstream provision.
The awards celebrate the inspiring experiences of Laila, Rosemarie, Mohammed and others. Their stories tell us about taking opportunities, improving confidence, personal circumstances and facing barriers. These are the faces of ESF success, encouraging and inspiring people to develop their full potential".
Baroness Hanham CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government kindly sent a message to participants and organisers:
"I welcome the first ever ERDF Awards in London which celebrated the accomplishments of businesses helped by this programme. These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of many people involved in the projects who are demonstrating, in an outstanding way, how this funding is making a contribution, particularly to supporting business and creating employment opportunities in London"
As part of the celebrations, a Fashion Show was hosted by Ecoluxe London on behalf of the London Training and Employment Network (LTEN) which receives ERDF funding to deliver business support to BAME and female-owned SMEs within the fashion, craft, beauty and related sectors in east and north London.
2011 ESF Award winners included:
- Young Learner/ Participant of the Year (14-19) - Osman Shears-Kargbo (supported by NACRO)
- Adult Learner/ Participant of the Year (20+) - Laila Islam (supported by City Gateway)
- Outstanding Achiever of the Year - Paula Evans (supported by City Gateway)
- Progression onto an Apprenticeship - Mohammed Rahi (supported City Gateway)
- Outstanding Mentor/ Tutor/ Employment Advisor of the Year - Gemma Fox (Goals UK)
2011 ERDF Award winners included
- ERDF Project of the Year –Ravensbourne Business Eco-Incubator
- Most Improved Business of the Year - A Little of What You Fancy Ltd
Highly Commended Finalists:
Young Learner 2011 (14-19 years)
Cleese Buck (supported by Red Kite Learning)
Khalid Hussein (supported by Asphaleia)
Adult Learner 2011 (20+ years)
Alan Butler (supported by St Giles Trust)
Rosemarie Duncan (supported by Caremark)
Progression onto an Apprenticeship 2011
Unnamed finalist (supported by St Mungo's)
Unnamed finalist (supported by St Giles Trust)
Outstanding Tutor/ Mentor/ Employment Advisor 2011
Bethan Dalton (supported by NACRO)
Paul McDermott (supported by Community Links)
Outstanding Achiever 2011
Patricia Baird (supported by UcanDoIt)
Terri Walsh (supported by City Gateway)
ERDF Project of the Year
London Borough of Camden: Jewellery Connections
The Theatres Trust: Ecovenue
Most Improved Business of the Year
Naomi Neoh London (supported by Newham College)
Station Cars (Supported by Business to Business, LB Croydon)
TranslateMedia (supported by Greater London Enterprise)
The awards are a joint initiative between the Greater London Authority’s European Programmes Management Unit and London’s five co-financing organisations (Skills Funding Agency, Department for Work and Pensions, London Development Agency, National Offender Management Service and London Councils).