Swindon employment expert up for national award

Our very own, Katherine Ashton, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Katherine Ashton, who works as a personal consultant for our Swindon & Wiltshire team, has been shortlisted for the Adviser of the Year award at this year’s ERSA Employability Awards.

Katherine specialises in supporting people with criminal convictions overcome their barriers to work and find suitable, paid employment.

She has also developed great working partnerships with like-minded organisations to help people on their journeys towards work. Alongside partners like drug and alcohol charities, she also worked with the local Community Rehabilitation Company to bring a vast amount of ‘added value’ to their delivery, as they look to lead people away from lives of crime.

She said: “I feel very honoured to be nominated for this award and very surprised to be shortlisted. I really enjoy my work and have been in the industry for over nine years working on various different contracts, but this nomination is just amazing.”

Katherine was nominated by Working Links Performance Manager Helen Saunders. She said: “With over seven years’ experience of working in the welfare to work environment, Katherine has endlessly devoted her time and skills in supporting and developing some of our most ‘harder to reach’ customers, and had some amazing results, especially with ex-offenders helping them into paid employment.”

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 14 June in London, attended by the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP.