Gi Group shines at awards ceremony co-hosted by Joanna Lumley and James Corden (From Andover Advertiser)
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Gi Group shines at awards ceremony co-hosted by Joanna Lumley and James Corden
TV STAR Joanna Lumley and Bafta Award-winning actor and comedian James Corden were the co-hosts at an evening in which Basingstoke recruitment business Gi Group scooped a prestigious award.
The recruitment business, based in Wote Street, was named overall winner in the Workplace Talent and Skills Award category at Business in the Community’s annual Responsible Business Awards.
The award was for its work helping local people improve their employability and was presented at a gala dinner held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
More than 1,000 people attended the event, including Prime Minister David Cameron and the chief executives of some of the UK’s biggest brands, charity groups and community organisations.
The award recognised Gi Group’s investment in programmes designed to improve employability, ranging from schemes encouraging the aspirations of school children and providing careers guidance in colleges to pre-employment training and the provision of formal qualifications. This has resulted in more than 1,000 qualifications being delivered to people with little formal education and the placement of previously unemployed people into more than 2,500 permanent jobs in 2012 alone.
Gi Group chief executive Jess Watts said: “Winning this top award is fantastic recognition of all the hard work the team has put in to make a positive impact on the employment prospects of many hundreds of people each year.
“Once again Gi Group is leading the field when it comes to responsible business.”
Chris Jones, director general and chief executive officer at City & Guilds, and chair of the judging panel, who presented the award, said: “We were really struck by the passion and enthusiasm of their programme and felt this new focus on employability has helped to transform Gi Group into a model of what employment agencies should look like in the 21st century.”
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