Teresa Scott, founder and CEO of leading national employability service provider Kennedy Scott, was awarded the Employment Related Services Association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at a special event in London on Thursday evening.

The announcement was made at ERSA’s annual Employability Awards ceremony, which was attended by the new Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt MP, and hosted by ITV news presenter Lucrezia Millarini.

ERSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognises Scott’s 26 years of dedication to improving the lives of jobseekers across the UK, through which her company has supported more than 100,000 people to positively change their lives by moving into lasting employment.

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On winning the award Teresa Scott said:

“I am privileged to lead and work with the very best team in the industry and this award is as much for their efforts as mine. They inspire me every day in the pursuit of better services for unemployed people and employers who so desperately need our support in bridging the disability employability gap.”

Scott has built the business from a single location in Islington to a national service provider with 16 offices across the UK.

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA, said:

“I am delighted that Teresa’s track record of exceptional achievement has been recognised by our independent judging panel.  Kennedy Scott is a force to be reckoned with and this is very much due to Teresa’s personal leadership and dedication to supporting jobseekers.”

Kennedy Scott specialises in supporting individuals with complex health condition into work, and is known for its holistic ‘Circle of Support’ approach, which brings together specialist employability support, government and health services, advice and counselling, and all the relevant parties in an individual’s life to collaborate and share responsibility for their journey into work.

Sharne Mulley, a customer supported into work by Kennedy Scott, was also recognised at the event for her exceptional commitment to overcoming barriers and securing lasting employment. Sharne, who attended Kennedy Scott’s Work Programme in Maidstone, was the recipient of the Significant Achievement award.

Scott said:

“I am delighted that Sharne has received this award. She has overcome a great deal of adversity to not only secure but also progress in work and she is now supporting other unemployed people by sharing her experiences and advice with our customers. She is a true inspiration.”