Gower College Swansea has been revealed as a finalist in three categories in the 2018 Wales HR Awards, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of HR professionals and employers across Wales.
Launched in 2017, the Awards ceremony is the flagship event of the Wales HR Network, a leading professional thought sharing and networking group created and run by Cardiff-based commercial law firm Darwin Gray and Acorn, Wales’ leading recruitment specialist.
Gower College Swansea has been shortlisted in the Employer of the Year category and its Director of HR, Sarah King has been shortlisted for HR Director of the Year – one of only five finalists competing for the accolade and Best HR Professional.
Hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd, the Awards recognise the best HR professionals at all levels, from apprentices to directors, and organisations as a whole across various industry sectors in Wales – showcasing the commitment, hard work and achievements of individuals and teams within the HR profession over the last 12 months.
The evening will feature entertainment from Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band, with inspirational keynote speakers from the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award: Partnership Manager for the DofE Award charity, Ian Gwilym, and DofE Young Ambassador, Billie Horsey.
Darwin Gray’s Head of Employment Law and HR Fflur Jones said: “Despite being at the core of every successful company, HR is often an under-acknowledged profession. The Wales HR Awards has generated a really positive response across the private and public sector in Wales – it seems to have struck a chord and I look forward to meeting our finalists on the night.”
Director of Operations for South Wales at Acorn Recruitment Maria Larcombe added: “We have been overwhelmed by the response and support for this year’s Wales HR Awards. The number of entries received exceeded all our expectations, and the calibre of our nominees is truly outstanding.
“The standard of entries has been incredibly strong and our shortlisted nominees should feel extremely proud to have reached this point.”
Delighted to have been shortlisted for HR Director of the Year and Best HR Professional, Sarah King says: “I am absolutely over the moon and honoured to be shortlisted for such amazing awards. It is fantastic that Wales is recognising the HR profession and the contribution HR professionals make to their organisations.”
Speaking about being shortlisted for Employer of Year, Principal of Gower College Swansea Mark Jones says: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award. It highlights how we as an organisation invest in our employees and see the benefits that arise from developing and retaining our staff.”
Winners will be announced at the black-tie award ceremony on Friday 23 March at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff. For more information on the finalists visit www.waleshrawards.cymru.