Carley Consult and the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) are pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of this year’s IEP Work in Progress Bursaries.

The winners are Stephanie Palmer-Odeh MIEP, an Employment Consultant with Seetec in Ipswich, and Sam Everard AIEP, CEO of the Samee Project in Bournemouth.

The IEP Work in Progress Bursary provides an opportunity for sector practitioners who don’t ordinarily get the opportunity to attend industry conferences to benefit from the Work in Progress experience. Work in Progress is as an alternative employment, skills and health conference, taking place at Birmingham Town Hall on the 25th April. The conference is sponsored by PeoplePlus, and features Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson as the plenary speaker. Both IEP Bursary winners will receive a full delegate package at the conference, and a special certificate which will be presented on the day.

Both Sam and Stephanie submitted highly persuasive applications for the Bursary. In her entry, Stephanie wrote: “I want to be better in my job and I want to do better for my clients. What a wonderful gift you can give when you can help someone see a way away from what they are currently facing. Feeling as if there is no way, no place they can get help and finding a small glimmer of hope that I can assist them in turning into a real opportunity a new reality. Why wouldn’t I grab it with both hands so that I can inspire others to do the same.”

In her entry, Sam told us: “The people that we support are not always ready for other agencies as they want to take small steps. Instead of working on a cashflow, we work on a survival budget. Instead of working on a business plan or training schedule, we work on a timetable of their day, working out what they can achieve and when and how it may affect school hours, their disability or the time they spend caring for someone. This is all about them, putting them in the centre of our world so that they can trust us not to let them down.”

Scott Parkin, Chair of the IEP, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer our members this opportunity to learn from other employability professionals, understand the challenges facing the industry and leave with new ideas that they can put in to practice and share with their colleagues.’

This further underlines the IEP’s dedication in supporting the people who support others to gain work, progress in work and retain work.

To find out more about Work in Progress 2017, including how to book your place, with discounts available for ERSA and AELP members, please click here or email for more details.