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Careers Champion May 2019

Following an amazing online final with nearly 20,000 votes cast, Amy Haworth from the University of Birmingham is our 10th Careers Champion – congratulations!

She narrowly pipped Zoe Turton from Pegasus Academy. Congratulations Zoe, our Careers Champion runner-up! Third place went Julie Jones of Fazakerley High.

Amy Haworth: As Careers & Employability Adviser at University of Birmingham, Amy has spent the last 8 years being involved in lots of ground breaking projects that have made a real impact to a wide and diverse range of students. Based at the Life and Environmental Sciences (LES) department, she has made a significant impact to the satisfaction rates, destination outcomes and confidence of students. Nominator Yasmin Ansari said: “Amy is a caring and supportive guidance practitioner with extensive experience across a number of careers roles. She has a real passion for engaging unengaged students, and her passion and commitment to connecting people to their purpose makes her a worthy Career Champion.

The four other finalists are (see bio details below):

Alison Hart: College of Podiatry

Julie Jones: Fazakerley High

Zoe Turton: Pegasus Academy

Liz Edwards: Wymondham College

Also Nominated for the May 2019 Award

Alison Hart

Alison Hart

Alison has been working for the College of Podiatry for over 28 years, 20 of those promoting careers and opportunities in the healthcare sector as education officer. She works with the Admission Tutors for the podiatry programmes with the aim of supporting the great work they do, as well as using digital resources and content, planning the strategy for dedicated careers social media channels. Colleague Joanna Walkwork said: "Alison has worked extremely hard to promote podiatry careers, which struggles to recruit students. She has numerous other roles within her job but also has time to support any podiatrist going to visit a local school to promote podiatry."

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Julie Jones

Julie Jones

Julie has worked at Fazakerley High School for over a decade, spending many years as a pastoral support worker for KS4, before landing the role as careers adviser after attaining her Level 6 guidance qualification. Now as Careers Lead, Julie's role involves overseeing the whole school strategy for CEIAG. She provides one to one advice and guidance as well as a whole range of careers and enrichment activities for students. Nominator and colleague Peter Fitzpatrick said: "Julie is transforming careers education and guidance at Fazakerley High School. Thanks to her, pupil aspirations in a disadvantaged community are much higher."

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Zoe Turton

Zoe Turton

Zoe has worked at Pegasus Academy for twelve years, and is the school's AIG Careers and Aspiration Advisor. Her role is focused on developing the students socially, emotionally and personally to develop them as individuals and prepare them for the next step on their careers journey. A key part of that is providing opportunities for young students, and Zoe works closely with the Black Country Consortium and Black Country Chamber of Commerce  to secure placements. Nominator Vikki Haines said: "Zoe is a focussed careers champion who is passionate about making a difference to the young people of Dudley. Students speak so highly of what she has done for them."

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Liz Edwards

Liz Edwards

Liz Edwards has been working in careers roles at Wymondham College for over 6 years. Now as Careers Lead, she has worked tirelessly to develop the College’s careers programme, organising a range of events, talks and activities for our students, as well as offering one to one support. Liz has established a working party to review the Gatsby benchmark 'Careers within the Curriculum' and helped colleagues explore and embed careers links. Colleague Becky Arnold said: "Liz offers so much more within her post that the title ‘Careers Champion’ is the way she is always described within our community. Her drive, passion and tenacity make her a vital part of the College’s drive to help our future generation.

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