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The Marketing and Communications Team at Southern Regional College has won the WorldSkills UK Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Award – Social Media Campaign of the Year 2019 at its inaugural ceremony held at the NEC in Birmingham.  WorldSkills UK, in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners launched these awards to honour and celebrate individuals and organisations who are championing diversity and inclusion within their organisations and the technical education sector. 

Following the shortlisting process, Southern Regional College was one of three finalists which included Hexagol Sports UK Ltd. and HS2 (High Speed 2), a new 345-mile rail network that will connect London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

Southern Regional College Marketing and Communications Staff L-R: Jonathan Wright (Marketing Officer - Graphic Design), Darrelle McSherry (Senior Marketing Officer), Jonathan Davis (Marketing Officer – Digital).
Southern Regional College Marketing and Communications Staff. From left: Jonathan Wright (Marketing Officer - Graphic Design), Darrelle McSherry (Senior Marketing Officer), Jonathan Davis (Marketing Officer – Digital).

The award, sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing UK Ltd., was based on Southern Regional College’s social media campaign which focused on promoting women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Construction sectors. 

Brian Doran, Chief Executive at Southern Regional College said “I am delighted that the knowledge and expertise of the College’s Marketing and Communications Team has been recognised at a UK wide level as it recognises both their, and the College’s, outstanding commitment to promoting and supporting diverse and inclusive practices. I am proud of our staff who continually go above and beyond in their support of young people from a range of backgrounds and champion difference and inclusivity in the further education sector.”  

The awards were introduced by WorldSkills UK Chief Executive Neil Bentley-Gockmann, who said “People talk about diversity and inclusion not as an event, but a progress. When I first joined WorldSkills four years ago, I said we needed to do a lot more work strengthening our processes and our work on diversity and inclusion. We need to ensure we are pulling on the best talent to ensure we are fully inclusive in everything we do.”

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