SQA celebrates with finalists at The Herald Diversity awards

Steve Borley, and STV's Rachel McTavish present the winners from CCI with their Herald Diversity Award

SQA is proud to support The Herald Diversity Awards. This is the first year we have been part of the ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of organisations and individuals in ensuring everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. 

Through sponsoring the ‘Diversity in the Third Sector’ category, we are helping to recognise the excellent work taking place in social enterprises to promote diversity. 

At the ceremony last night in Glasgow, Steve Borley, Head of Strategic Planning & Governance at SQA presented the winners, Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) with their trophy.

CCI is a unique social enterprise, incorporating a charity that delivers exceptional person centred programmes to individuals with a range of support needs and a professional construction company that delivers outstanding quality and value on a range of landscape and minor civils contracts.

CCI have made great strides to engage more women in their programme and increase diversity within the organisation. In 2011, CCI only had one female participant, however this grew to 10 women being supported in work placements in 2015/16, rising to 13 in 2016/17. The organisation uses robust, inclusive and person-centred monitoring and evaluating processes to monitor the progress of its participants.

On presenting the award, Steve Borley, said: “Tonight has been a fantastic showcase of the commitment and track record of achievement of many individuals, businesses and organisations to diversity and inclusion, ensuring that everyone in our society has the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, aspirations and potential.

“We have heard about some truly inspirational work from the finalists in the Diversity in the Third Sector category, and the benefits of adopting diversity to further the aims and ambitions of their businesses. I'd like to congratulate all the finalists and in particular the category winner, Clydesdale Community Initiatives, on their success."

Check out SQA’s PDA in Advancing Equality and Diversity through Inclusiveness. More details on the awards, and all the nominees are available on the Herald Diversity Awards website.