Gi group wins award for responsible business
Recruitment business Gi Group was named overall winner in the Workplace Talent and Skills Award category at Business in the Community's annual Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner this week.
The award recognises GIiGroup's investment in programmes designed to improve employability which have ranged 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 previous formal education and the placement of previously unemployed people into more than 2,500 permanent jobs in 2012.
The event, at The Royal Albert Hall, marked the culmination of the 2013 Responsible Business Awards that are set up to celebrate the powerful and positive role of business in society. The awards scheme celebrates innovative examples of how businesses across the UK are making a positive difference - transforming communities through tackling key social and environmental issues, and transforming their businesses by integrating responsible behaviour.
Speaking about their award, Tiziano Roseto, chief operating officer, Gi Group, 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 chairman of the judging panel (who presented the award) added: "Gi Group has helped over 2,500 previously unemployed people into permanent work, by introducing a programme that provides training and development to improve the skills and enhance the long-term job prospects of their temporary employees.
"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."