It’s with great pride that RDS Global has won the award for Employer Academy of the Year at the Derby College Group Academy Awards 2019.
If you haven’t already seen the buzz on social media, then we’d like to kickstart proceedings by thanking everybody for their kind messages. We are truly honoured to receive this award, and to see so many of our friends in the business community share in our celebration means a great deal to the whole team.
We’d also like to thank the students and faculties at Derby College, with whom we thoroughly enjoy working alongside as part of the Employer Academy programme. We’re immensely proud of all our students and the exceptional ways they continue to apply everything they’ve learned during their placement with RDS to enhance their studies.
The Employer Academy of the Year award is given to employers working with students to provide hands-on experience in their chosen careers path. Just last month, our most recent group of academy students completed their 17-week placement with RDS, and the rising popularity and success of the programme could see additional groups added into the mix in the coming academic year.
“For us, there are few things more important than giving young people the right tools, training and knowledge for success in future employment,” explains RDS Global’s Andy Flinn, CEO . “That’s why our involvement in the Employer Academy is a privilege we take very seriously. It’s also something that brings us immense pride and joy. We love every second of it. To win an award for doing something we love — well, it’s a fantastic feeling.
“I’m also extremely proud and thankful for all our staff who dedicate their time to working closely with our students. Charlotte, Mark and Danny in particular have all worked to ensure the academy programme is a big success, and that every student is able to make the most out of the time they spend with us.”
In addition to winning an award on the night, RDS Global was highly commended in the category for helping to bridge the gap between education and employment; enabling students to make that transition into work by encouraging them to develop the necessary skills and confidence.
Another highlight of the evening was getting to share the stage with the winner of our sponsored category. Huge congratulations to Flower world on winning the award for Roundhouse Employer of the Year. Awarded to businesses who have shown their support and benefitted communities by employing locally, we were delighted to sponsor this exceptional category.
Of course, we’d also like to extend our congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and to everybody involved in organising the event at Derby’s iconic Roundhouse. The Derby College Group Academy Awards is a fantastic celebration, and we look forward to next year’s event.