There are eight categories in the Accolades and you can nominate yourself/own organisation or another organisation/individual in any of the eight categories. The categories are:
- Best employer of under 250 staff
- Best employer of over 250 staff
- Best individual employer who employs their own staff
- Best provider of learning and development
- Best employer support for Apprenticeships
- Best employer support for the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
- Best recruitment initiatives
- Most effective new approach to service delivery
Nomination forms will be available once the nomination period is reopened.
Judging is a four-stage process, which identifies a winner for each Accolade category and from those, a winner for an additional Accolade – the Winner of Winners award.
The procedure is as follows:
Stage 1 – initial judging
- A judging panel of Skills for Care staff assesses the nomination forms.
- Each panel considers the submissions for one category and selects three finalists to be shortlisted for the next stage.
Stage 2 – verification visits
- A member of the judging panel will visit the short listed finalists to verify the information submitted in the nomination form to ensure it is valid, reliable and authentic. A report will be submitted to support each verification visit.
Stage 3 – national judging
- A judging panel of social care experts will then use the nomination forms and the verification visit reports to select a winner for each category.
Stage 4 – Winner of Winners judging
- The winner of each category then goes before a panel of sector leaders who decide which of the category winners should receive the Winner of Winners award.
To achieve an Accolade proves an organisation’s success in achieving the highest standards of workforce development within social care. As well as celebrating best practice, the Accolades provide an excellent platform in which to showcase best practice to the wider sector - especially when a nomination describes a new initiative or way of working.