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Congratulations to Monira Ahmed – the 3rd Careers Champion

Six great finalists and one brilliant final! Monira becomes the 3rd Careers Champion in an incredibly close final with over 1300 votes cast. Less than 10 votes separated Monira and runner-up Danielle Pilcher.


 

Careers Champion is all about rewarding great Careers work and all our shortlisted finalists are already prize winners. More information about each of our finalists is available below.

The winner will receive a custom-made Careers Champion trophy as well as additional prizes; details here.

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More about the Nominees

Toni Collinge

Toni Collinge

As Career Development Coordinator at Sir John Thursby Community College (Burnley, Lancs) since 2010, Toni has transformed the careers provision available to students and increased aspiration throughout the college. She also works tirelessly to maintain employer links and empower students to gain their own work experience placements. Nominator Helen Campbell said: “Not only does Toni deliver excellent Careers Education lessons to every age group but we are also the only college in the local area who continue to offer work experience to all Year 10 students. Fellow nominator Peter Howarth added: “I have worked in schools for nearly 20 years and her commitment to the welfare and future of our students is absolutely amazing. She nurtures their ambitions, supports and guides them to achieve the best possible future outcomes.”

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Monira Ahmed

Monira Ahmed

As an International Careers & Employability Adviser at The University of Central Lancashire, Monira works tirelessly to inspire and empower both international and UK students. She is also a prolific writer and blogger providing content and information products for graduate careers magazines, websites and professional bodies. Monira's personal blog 'Everything Careers' has quickly become a valuable resource to careers professionals, covering a wide range of industry topics. UCLAN colleague Carol Sanderson wrote: "Monira's work in delivering award-winning mentoring projects has made a real difference to the lives of adults. She has introduced a global dimension to our careers offering and, alongside the SU, she is now supporting the aspirations and confidence of our BME students via an alumni careers network."

Everything Careers Blog

Laura-Jane Rawlings

Laura-Jane Rawlings

A former recruitment specialist, Laura-Jane founded Youth Employment UK CIC in 2012 which empowers young people to have an active voice on the issues of youth employment. Laura-Jane believes passionately in the need to inspire all young people about their future and works as the Head of Schools Outreach for careers information platform Plotr alongside her work at YEUK. Laura-Jane is recognised as a leading youth employment expert, providing insight and expertise to many groups such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment. Laura-Jane’s work is helping to bridge the gap of education and employment. Nominator Jenny Mullinder said: “Laura-Jane works tirelessly and has taken YEUK youth ambassadors to committee meetings, debates in parliament and numerous conferences. She is passionate and extremely hard working.”

Youth Employment UK

Danielle Pilcher

Danielle Pilcher

The youngest Career Champion finalist, Danielle was determined to make a positive impact on careers and employability founding the Onslow Trust Careers Charity. The Trust  works to promote positive relationships between young people and established professionals, providing advice, guidance and support whilst  facing the challenges associated with career choices. The dynamic site houses links, key information as well as the brilliant career resource portal ‘Talking Pro’. Nominator Ellie Moore said: “Danielle is an inspiration at only 21 years of age. She's a firm believer that careers advice should be honest and transparent, and after four months she is now running an online interactive careers database and a national employment award for schools. She fully deserves recognition.”

The Onslow Trust

Liz Manning

Liz Manning

Liz manages the busy provision as Head of the Careers at the University of Winchester. As well as devising and managing the careers delivery schedule, Liz regularly runs sessions as well as weekly student drop-ins. She has provided leadership by example to her colleagues who describe her impact on careers delivery as ‘inspiring’. Nominator Georgia Pullen said: “Liz is the most incredible careers adviser I have met. She single-handedly provides help to over 6000 students, as well as going above and beyond.” Fellow nominator Bryony Sanders added: “We ran a Careers Service survey which asked students' opinions on the Careers Department and the comments about Liz were so positive. She is very passionate about the service we offer and this is reflected in the comments we receive.”

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Janet Colledge

Janet Colledge

A former teacher, Janet has over 15 years’ experience providing award winning careers education. Janet’s careers education consultancy and informative website ‘Outstanding Careers’ offers services to schools, providers and individuals. A CDI Council member, she is also a widely respected blogger and resource builder and runs a dynamic Pinterest board to support careers learning in schools. Nominator Nick Newman said: “Janet is an inspiration to those that meet and work with her; her ability and energy to pinpoint the key careers issues for students and then help them to understand their choices better is exactly what is needed. As an Ambassador for National Careers Week from the start, Janet is a diligent campaigner and activist, leading by example and helping to improve the life choices of so many.

Outstanding Careers