The National Skills Academy for Social Care, the organisation dedicated to developing leadership and management in social care, has been named WorldSkills UK Organising Partner of the Year for 2013.
The winning team was announced at a Parliamentary reception organised by City and Guilds to celebrate the Skills Show Gold Medal winners, and hosted by Gordon Birtwistle MP, Government Apprenticeship Ambassador to Business.
The Skills Academy has run the Health and Social Care category for the past three years, helping to raise the status of social care as a career of choice. The other nominees were the Institute of Motoring Industry and the British Florists Association.
World Skills UK tweeted that the National Skills Academy for Social Care has been “working tirelessly to engage the health and social care industry”, and that they had “developed a competition that drives excellence.”
Debbie Sorkin, Chief Executive of the Skills Academy, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to win this award. We would like to share it with all of the competitors that have both taken part and won in WorldSkills since we first took on the Care category in 2010.
“Social care has been a Cinderella vocation for too long, and we hope that this award will help us in our mission towards changing the perception of those delivering and leading social care, at all levels.
“We would like to congratulate the Institute of Motoring Industry and the British Florists Association, for getting to the final three with us.”
Mark Poland, WorldSkills Programme Manager at the National Skills Academy, said:
“It is a pleasure to lead the team at the National Skills Academy that has won this award. It was very much a team effort, and we are thrilled.
“We are also grateful to WorldSkills for the opportunity to promote social care and the special skills and qualities displayed by those who deliver it.”