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20th April 2018

Clean Sheet finalist for 2018 ERSA Employability Award

Clean Sheet has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ERSA Employability Awards 2018 in the Innovation category, sponsored by Forward Trust.

Now in its sixth year, the ERSA Employability Awards celebrate best practice across the employment support sector and seek to demonstrate the day-to-day hard work and dedication of those working to improve the lives of jobseekers, communities and the wider workforce. 

Clean Sheet has helped 61 ex-offenders into employment since January 2018 and has been nominated for the Innovation Award, recognising a provider who has pioneered innovative approaches and solutions within the employment support market. 

ERSA received nearly 150 entries across ten categories demonstrating the breadth of work involved in supporting people into employment. The award entries were judged by Ashwin Kumar, Chief Economist at Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Tabitha Jay, Director of the Work and Health Unit, Gill Holmes, Senior DWP official and last year’s winner of the Adviser of the Year award, Adrian Bailey of Prisoners Abroad. 

As a successful finalist, Clean Sheet will attend a special ceremony on 14 June with the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP. 

Jane Gould, CEO of Clean Sheet said:
We are so delighted & honoured to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. At Clean Sheet, we support individuals who are former prisoners into sustainable employment by building their confidence while we help them find the right job. To be part of ERSA’s work within this challenging sector is a great privilege.’

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA, said:
‘This year’s award submissions demonstrate the extraordinary achievements of individuals and organisations across the sector. The huge number of nominations ERSA received highlights the passion and commitment to supporting employability and transforming lives, communities and businesses. The awards celebrate and champion the best of the work that goes on at the frontline every day in the sector and I look forward to celebrating these achievements at the special ceremony on 14 June.’

Please visit for a full list of finalists. 


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Notes to Editors

  1. The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector.
  2. ERSA’s membership spans the private, voluntary and public sectors and ranges from large multi-nationals through to small specialist charities.  It has over 260 members, 77% of which are not for profit.
  3. The full list of finalists for the ERSA Employability Awards 2018 can be found on the ERSA website

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