SkillsHouse Careers & Technical Education Awards 2024


SkillsHouse Careers & Technical Education






SkillsHouse Careers & Technical Education

Nominations are now open for the SkillsHouse Careers & Technical Education (CTE) Awards 2024!

The CTE Awards celebrates the achievements of the young people in the District, along with the educators and businesses who have supported them, the awards ceremony is the ideal time to come together to hear inspiring stories from the nominees.

There is an opportunity for you to celebrate young people, education professionals and organisations you have worked with. Please see below for each award category and it’s criteria.

Click here to access the nomination form.

Nominations will close on Sunday 28th April 2024.

If you have any queries or need help, please contact us at

Do you know of any learners that have evidenced outstanding development of the Bradford Essential Skills this academic year? You can nominate up to eight learners for the Learner of the Year - Essential Skills award. You may nominate them for either outstanding performance linked to one particular essential skill, or based on performance for a combination of the essential skills.

Descriptors for each of the 8 Bradford Essentials Skills can be found below, use these when providing an example and evidence for why you have nominated your learner(s):

  • Communication and Collaboration: articulates ideas effectively, works well in diverse teams with success
  • Leadership and Responsibility: inspires others, sets a good example, acts responsibly
  • Creativity and Innovation: creates new ideas, is original and inventive, is not afraid of failure
  • Critical thinking and problem solving: Uses reasoning, solves problems to achieve a goal
  • Productivity and accountability: shows focus, attention, completes task with limited adult guidance
  • Social and Cross-Cultural skills: shows empathy, conducts themselves professionally
  • Flexibility and Adaptability: handles transition well, adapts to a new environment, shows resilience
  • Initiative and Self-Direction: sets their own goals, uses their time effectively, committed to learning

Click here to access the nomination form

You can nominate up to 3 learners per individual CTE sector board, detailed below:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Creative Industries
  • Business
  • Transport, Distribution and Logistics
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Sport
  • Public Services and Law
  • Computing, Science, and Environmental Technologies
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Built Environment

We are looking for evidence of a learner who has:

  • Learnt about the industry sector, different roles and career entry points
  • Attended activities to enhance their learning and career readiness
  • Enhanced their employability skills
  • Enhanced their functional/technical/specific skills by being involved in an CTE programme
  • Demonstrated that they have been able to learn independently.

Click here to access the nomination form

The CTE Primary Awards celebrate the achievements of KS1 and KS2 pupils in their careers related learning and development of essential skills. There are five exciting award categories outlined below. Please consider the criteria when providing evidence for your nomination.

Most Career Focused Student

  • Demonstrates understanding of different Kinds of work and career sectors
  • Understands about diversity and gender stereo-types within specific career sectors
  • Demonstrates knowledge in specific career sectors of interest
  • Understand what it is to be a good worker
  • Are able to research specific career sectors through use of career tools online, books, information leaflets


  • Has provided leadership in school, by way of school council, leading a working group(s), enterprise challenges leading a team etc.
  • Represents fellow students voice, with sensitivity and understanding
  • Demonstrates good listening skills and interpersonal skills
  • Understands about fairness and equality
  • Confident and demonstrates resilience

The Resolver

  • Demonstrates in own learning, strategies and techniques used to resolve a problem (analytical, arguments, data, reflection)
  • Able to interpret information and draw own conclusions
  • Is able to ask pertinent questions and gain clarification
  • Able to use conventional and innovative ways to solve problems

Shining Star

  • Able to demonstrate creativity in all areas of learning
  • Considers new and innovate ways to complete tasks and make improvements
  • Demonstrates enterprising behaviours
  • Able to express thoughts and feelings in different ways

Team Player

  • Genuinely committed to working as a team, enabling team tasks to be completed
  • Demonstrates good communication and collaborative behaviours within a team
  • Supports and respects others and is always willing to help others
  • Never hides in the shadows, always willing to help the NHS or other charitable organisation

Click here to access the nomination form

We will be presenting an award to learner(s) who have demonstrated initiative in learning, raising awareness, or working on a project in relation to the key factors of Clean Growth and Sustainability (Eliminate Waste, Recycle, Recover Energy, Save Time, Reduce or Eliminate Pollution, Sustainable Communities). This could be in the form of a group project or an individual idea that is taking shape which supports long-term sustainability. This award is open to for KS1 students through to KS5.

You are able to select one or more sustainability factors you are nominating against before explaining why you have nominated them:

  • Eliminate Waste - Learner(s) reduced the amounts of waste generated by changing the design, manufacture, purchase, or use of materials or products.
  • Recycle - Learner(s) kept the environment clean for people and wildlife, reduced waste sent to landfills, reduced energy usage and minimised the environmental impact of producing new products by incorporating existing materials that can be reused and repurposed.
  • Recover Energy/Save time - Learner(s) have made a product using energy recovered from material, or energy which would otherwise have been disposed of as waste but has been collected through managed processes. Learner(s) have preserved human energy by reducing carbon footprint e.g. walking/cycling to educational institution, contributing ideas to create a smarter city.
  • Eliminate pollution - Learner(s) have created an idea to reduce waste by choosing products and materials that are less toxic or can easily be reused or recycled. This can include community waste projects.
  • Sustainable Communities - Learner(s) have made a significant contribution to improving own awareness and raising awareness in the communities. Developed an innovation/solved a problem which addresses the following: Improving health and wellbeing, reducing inequalities, quality education or peace and justice.

Click here to access the nomination form are inviting nominations for Educators who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in one or more of the Careers Benchmarks working with learners from the ages of 0-19.

You must select one or more Careers Benchmarks you are nominating against before explaining why you have nominating them:

  • A stable careers programme - Is there a career strategy that is completed and published on the website? Embedded careers programme/education understood by learners, parents, teachers, employers and other agencies. Identified appropriate trained person responsible for careers education. Is the career programme regularly evaluated with feedback from learners, parents, staff and employers as part of the evaluation process?
  • Learning from career and labour market information - Every learner/parent should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. All learners should be able to access and use information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decision about study options. Parents should be encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to the learners in their care.
  • Addressing the needs of each student - Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each learner. Careers programme should actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations. Systematic records of the individual advice given to each learner and agreed decisions should be kept. All learners should have access to these records to support their career development. Maintaining accurate records on learner’s destinations.
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers - All subject staff should link curriculum to learning with careers even on courses which are not occupation-led. Study programme should also reflect the importance of Maths and English as a key expectation from employers. Every learner should have the opportunity to experience how their subjects help people gain entry to a wide range of occupations.
  • Encounters with employers and employees - Every learner should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities, including speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. Every year learners should participate in at least two meaningful encounters with an employer. At least one encounter should be delivered through their curriculum area.
  • Experiences of workplaces - Every learner should have first-hand experience of the workplace through wok visits, work shadow and or work experience to help with career exploration. By the end of their study every learner should have one experience of a workplace additional to any part-time jobs they may have.
  • Encounters with secondary, further and higher education - All learners should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them both academic and vocational routes. This should include further education colleges, higher education apprenticeships and training providers.
  • Personal Guidance Every - learner should have opportunity for guidance interviews with a careers adviser who could be internal or external (provided they are trained at appropriate level). At least one interview is required by the end of their study programme.

Click here to access the nomination form

This is an award that allows anyone involved in working with young people aged 0-19 to nominate a business or employer who has consistently supported educational settings across Bradford District, and has contributed to raising aspirations amongst learners. This could be a small privately owned business or a larger company. We want to know how they have worked with young people and the impact it has.

Organisations should be considered for the award if they have:

  • Made a significant contribution to engage learners in a specific career field.
  • Developed their own organisational understanding of how to support T levels and apprenticeships.
  • Contributed to cross district CTE partnership careers events such as Health and Social Care careers festival or Apprenticeship Unlocked.
  • Made progress in their Corporate Social Responsibility to support young people in the district whether this be starting this journey or celebrating a significant milestone
  • Provided strategic influence within the district through attendance at CTE and partner board meetings.

Click here to access the nomination form

What should I prepare in order to submit a nomination?

The nomination form will ask you to provide the following information:

  • Your work email address.
  • Your name
  • Your job title
  • Your organisation
  • Your work telephone number
  • The name of the person or Organisation you are nominating (Nominee)
  • The Nominee’s School, College or Organisation

Consider your reasons for nominating that person or organisation. You will be asked to provide an explanation as to why you are nominating that organisation or person. Your explanation should be no more than 600 characters.

To improve the likelihood of your nominee being selected for the award, please include practical evidence and examples of how you feel the nominee meets the awards outlined above.

You will also need to consider whether yourself and the nominee are happy for the information to be shared as part of the awards marketing campaign. You are able to opt in or out of this.

Access the nomination form here

If you would like any support in completing your nomination or request for reasonable adjustment and support to complete the nomination, please contact

Who can take part?

Businesses, Educators (Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School Governors, Home School Parents, Alternative Provisions, Careers Leaders and Advisors) Delivery/Outreach organisations and services are welcomed to nominate young people, other businesses/organisations and other Educators. Any Bradford District school / college can take part.

How will I know if my nominee has been shortlisted?

If your nomination is shortlisted for the awards you will be contacted by the CTE team with information for yourself, your nominee and your nominee’s parent or carer (where applicable) to attend the award ceremony on 25th June 2024.

Where can I seek support in completing the nomination form?

Contact and a member of the team would be happy to discuss your nomination with you.