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We need to celebrate success in our sector

Posted: 11 November 2019

Michelle Hillier is Managing Director at Unique Training Solutions (UTS), a national specialist provider of skills development programmes and apprenticeships to the health, housing and social care sectors.

As a sponsor of Skills for Care’s 2020 Accolades awards, Michelle talks about the importance of recognising and celebrating success in adult social care.

We’re extremely proud to have been a sponsor for the Accolades awards for five years now. I believe that these highly prestigious awards are about recognition, boosting staff morale and driving quality in social care. It’s our way of showing commitment and demonstrating partnership working in this fantastic sector.

Our involvement inevitably raises our profile, but the benefits go beyond marketing. It’s about being part of something big, meeting great people and hearing about the incredible stories in adult social sector. It’s a chance for some of the best services and individuals to gather and create a buzz around the many successes and achievements in the sector.

UTS is sponsoring the ‘Most effective approach to leadership and management’ category this year as I’m particularly passionate about leadership and management. I strongly believe that if we get the development of aspiring managers, managers and leaders right, we can achieve high-quality care in social care and the rest will fall into place.

As a sponsor, I would strongly encourage other organisations to get involved. The rewards are limitless. It gives you the opportunity to forge new relationships. In fact, the networking element at the gala event has directly benefited our business. Last year, we met our newest board director at the gala, who now supports our strategic thinking and brings a wealth of experience to our organisation. That has, in itself, been priceless and couldn’t have been achieved without our involvement.

Finally, I think what Skills for Care is doing is brilliant with these Accolades awards. They are the ‘go-to people’ for workforce development and raising the profile of this important area of work is important. There are lots of awards out there, but these are the ones I’d like to win if I was a care provider.

I would just like to end by saying to the sector, just get involved in whichever way you can. There’s lots of categories to enter or maybe consider becoming a sponsor; it’s very rewarding.

Good luck to all the finalists. See you at the gala event in January.


Find out more

  • Skills for Care’s Accolades awardscelebrate adult social care providers and individual employers committed to delivering high quality care. Now in their 16th year, the awards are an opportunity to showcase successes and celebrate achievements. Go to www.skillsforcare.org.uk/accolades
  • UTS are a Skills for Care Endorsed Provider, rated as ‘Good’ with Ofsted and deliver training courses, accredited qualifications and apprenticeship programmes. Go to www.uniquetrainingsolutions.co.uk