June 30, 2017

Karla wins at the ERSA Employability Awards

Karla wins at the ERSA Employability Awards 3


Big congratulations to Karla Gardner, one of the over 800 women we've supported into work, on winning the Significant Achievement Award at the ERSA Employability Awards 2017!

ERSA - the Employment Related Services Association, of which Working Chance is a member - hosted its fifth Employability Awards last night at Rooms on Regent's Park to celebrate the successes of the employment support sector. The night was hosted by BBC Radio 4 presenter Kirsty Lang, with speakers including Penny Mordaunt MP (Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work) and Brian Bell, ERSA Chair and Managing Director of Working Links.


Karla inspires me to do what I do. She deserves real admiration for the journey she has made and for successfully reaching her destination.

Caryn Henderson Senior Recruitment Consultant - Working Chance

We are delighted that Karla was chosen as the winner of the Significant Achievement Award, which recognises outstanding job-seekers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcoming barriers to secure and flourish in employment.

Karla registered with Working Chance soon after her release from prison and on the very same day was helped to apply for a Customer Assistant role with William Hill by her Working Chance Recruitment Consultant Caryn Henderson. With Working Chance's support, Karla aced the interview and began the new job within a month. She was promoted to Manager just six months later and now acts as a Working Chance advocate within William Hill, promoting the hiring of women with convictions.

I honestly think Karla is one of the best employees William Hill has. She should be so proud of herself for everything she’s overcome and achieved. Congratulations, Karla!

Sarah Potts Manager - William Hill

We are so proud to have been a part of Karla's success story and wish to congratulate her on her truly inspirational story. This award is a fantastic recognition of her tireless commitment to turning her life around. Congratulations, Karla!