Santander Employability Champion nomination pack

The Santander Employability Champion Award recognises a Coordinator in a school who has excelled in the running of their Career Ready programme, going above and beyond the requirements of the role to act as an ambassador for employer engagement.


Coordinators can be nominated by a member of their Senior Management Team or Local Advisory Board Chair. Winners will be selected in each of the following nations and regions:

  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • England:
  • The South of England: South East, Essex, Cambridge, Plymouth, Poole
  • The North of England and Wales: Midlands, North East, North West and Wales

One overall UK winner will be selected from the regional winners.


The four regional winners will be announced at the national Career Ready Awards Ceremony in London on 2 April 2019. Regional winners will receive £250 a John Lewis gift card. The overall UK winner will have one-to-one mentoring for a year by an employee from Santander, and will also be given £5,000 for their school – to be used in the development of their Career Ready programme.


To be nominated Coordinators must:

  • have been in post, running the Career Ready programme, for at least one full academic year
  • be available to take part in a national judging day in London – either in person (travel costs will be reimbursed) or via skype or video conference
  • previous nominees can be nominated again – two years after their last nomination was made.
  • previous National winners are unable to be nominated again.
  • meet the criteria below

Award criteria

This employability champion award will recognise the School Coordinator who has best been able to demonstrate how they develop and deliver all aspects of the programme to ensure an excellent and consistent student and volunteer experience, leading to good outcomes for their young people. 

The criteria for this award are mapped to our five Quality Assurance pillars. You are asked to provide a written statement (approximately 100 words per category below) explaining how your nominee:

  • ensures effective leadership and management of the Career Ready programme in their school
  • effectively organises and implements the programme, ensuring that the national programme framework is applied to a high standard at a local level
  • provides an outstanding experience for young people enrolled on the programme
  • provides an outstanding experience for volunteers (i.e. Mentors and supporting employers)
  • effectively monitors, evaluates and develops the programme

For each item above, please provide at least one example to evidence how they meet these requirements e.g. what actions they take to ensure their volunteers are supported and engaged.

Please discuss your nomination with the School Coordinator so that they can provide further information on their role. They should also submit a short personal statement (maximum 250 words) to explain what being a Coordinator means to them and how they would use the funding to support the sustainability of the programme and increase the value to students.

Nomination and judging process

To nominate your coordinator, please complete the online nomination form by Monday 18 February 2019. Any incomplete nominations or nominations received after that time will not be considered. All nominations will be acknowledged by email.

Those nominees selected to go forward to the national judging process will be invited to an on-line national judging interview in early March where they will be interviewed by a panel for approximately 30 minutes and asked to deliver a presentation – we suggest a maximum of six PowerPoint slides.

The decision of the judging panel will be final and there will be no appeal procedure.