Class Careers recognised for social impact

Class Careers set up by Aston University graduate Christos Orthodoxou won the SE Passion category at the Social Enterprise West Midlands Social Enterprise awards. Twelve of the West Midlands leading social enterprises and their supporters were recognised recently when the sector’s biggest regional competition came to a major finale.

With over 140 people in attendance, SEWM’s Social Enterprise Awards was a huge success and highlighted the great achievements of West Midlands’ enterprises and sector individuals. The event took place at The University of Birmingham, with both the University and Celebration Sponsor Mears Group welcoming attendees to the event.

Christos Orthodoxou commented: “It was a great night winning another award, it’s been an absolutely amazing year in which we’ve welcomed huge new clients like Sky and British Gas and this award gave recognition to that.

It was also a fun night, racing across town from the SEWM awards to Aston Villa to give a speech at the Baldwins Kick Start Awards, which Class Careers won last year, granting us a £10,000 grant and accountancy and mentoring support from one of the Midlands’ largest independent firms of accountants, Baldwins Accountants.

Class Careers was set up to bridge the gap between employers and school leavers through live online workshops. With videos being recorded at employer’s offices and being streamed directly to school classrooms as well as live one to one online conversations it is an ingenious way of providing school leavers with the right information to make informed decisions regarding their career path and help employers find their future talent.

Class Careers was set up with support from the BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) programme at Aston University, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Social Enterprise West Midlands is the leading business network and consultancy for social enterprise in the region.

The SE Awards were backed by a host of sponsors, including Adullam Homes, Amey, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Aspire Group, DiSE, Enterprise Foundation, Lister Trade Frames, PwC, Sustainability West Midlands and UnLtd.

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