Top employers recognised

Published Monday, 25 November 2019

Last week, the achievements of some of Coventry's top employers were celebrated at a special event.


The inaugural Employer Celebration and Award Event took place at the Techno Centre at Coventry University.

The event was a partnership of Ignite Coventry, Employer Hub, MiFriendly Cities, Building Bridges, Interserve, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, ACH, St Francis Employability, European Regional Development Fund and Urban Innovative Actions. It celebrated the work employers have done to support people on the particular projects into work.

Alex Dickson, Employment and Skills Business Development Manager, said: “We’re here to thank businesses that have gone above and beyond to help hard to reach communities. The customers you have got into work, it has changed their lives and broken down barriers.”

The key speaker was Peter Barnett, Head of Libraries, Advice, Health & Information Service, who praised Coventry’s spirit of peace and reconciliation driving the support from partners to help migrants and refugees into work.

The room heard from Martin Moma, an Iraqi migrant who came to England with his dad and brothers. Having initially completed the Council’s Ignite programme, the Migration Team helped Martin find employment at Waitrose. After a while Martin was supported into moving into employment at Arabian Bites, a vegan cafe in the city centre specialising in Middle Eastern cuisine and staffed entirely by refugees.

The award categories and winners were:

  • Offering Opportunities – Small Fries Day Nursery
  • Disability Confident – Arlington Automotive
  • Creative and Collaborative Working – ISS World
  • Making an Impact – Amazon
  • Best Training Opportunities – CV Life
  • Encouraging Progression – Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
  • Inspiring Leader – Christianne Lee, Broke and Beautiful
  • Embedded Ethical Culture – McDonalds
  • Champion of Inclusion – Coventry Building Society
  • Positive Role Model – Jamie Whitehall, Live Laugh Love Food
  • Going the Extra Mile – Arabian Bites
  • Special Recognition- University of Warwick

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