Press Release: From Inspirational Achiever to Boss of the Year

30/01/17

International online awards, SuperAchievers, opens for nominations this week, seeking to showcase the success of those who strive to achieve, whilst having a positive impact on their colleagues, families and the local economy, and this year, Pitman Training has announced the addition of two new categories to also recognise working dads and inspiring employers alongside entrepreneurs from across the globe.

With a recent survey from Pitman Training on British Modesty highlighting that 1/4 of UK based workers may be suffering from too much ‘Britishness’ as they hide their talents under a bushel and back away from celebrating their achievements*, SuperAchievers judge Claire Barratt encouraged people to take the opportunity to showcase their success: “Recognition in your achievements is very important for growth within yourself and brings out the self-belief and confidence in a way that maybe your own support system cannot. Unbiased recognition is such a gift to give. Self-belief is key in everything but when someone else believes in you also it makes your own beliefs limitless. I really hope people will nominate themselves, and others, so we can celebrate their success.”

Nominations are now open and entries can be submitted for free via www.pitmansuperachievers.com

Featuring on the judging panel, Claire Barratt is an entrepreneur, author, mother of 5 & founder of caricature brand ClaireaBella, a celebrity favourite brand which she created from her kitchen table whilst juggling her day job of being a special constable and detention officer. ClaireaBella is now a £2m retail business and Claire is keen to support others who have career dreams they’d like to pursue.

The addition of Employer of the Year comes after many previous SuperAchievers winners credited the company culture and support of their bosses for what they had achieved, so this year Pitman hopes employees will also nominate their employers who inspire them, so they can showcase those who are shining examples of supportive environments enabling staff to grow.

Supported by award winning Dad blogger John Adams of Dad Blog UK, who regularly appears quoted in national media discussing the role of dads in modern life, the addition of Working Dad of the Year sees Pitman recognise that dads also have challenges balancing careers and home life, with many playing an increasing role in childcare support.

Claire Lister Managing Director of Pitman Training Group said: “We see so many examples of our students working tirelessly, often juggling family life to achieve their professional goals, to contribute to the local economy. Many overcome high levels of adversity and often lives are transformed - we are constantly inspired by them. These awards are our chance to widen the recognition beyond our students, and celebrate anyone in who has committed to achieving professional goals, whilst also celebrating employers that make success possible. This time of year people are traditionally a bit restless in their jobs, and we want to help inspire people to see that they can change their futures by boosting their skills and really focusing on their goals.”

This years’ judging panel is made up of:-Claire Barratt from ClaireaBella; Lucy Brazier, International Speaker and Director of Marcham Publishing, a training and development magazine for Executive Assistants; John Adams, Author of ‘Dad Blog UK’; Diane Rose, Director of CPD Assessment and Membership at The Professional Development Consortium, and last year’s reining ‘PA of the Year’ Jennifer Corcoran, who’s since set up a new business after winning her award.
The team is on the hunt for entries for the following categories :-

  • Working Mum of the Year
  • Working Dad of the Year
  • Inspirational Achiever of the Year
  • PA of the Year
  • Boss of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Student of the Year (Nominated solely by Pitman Training Centres)

Nominations are now open and entries can be submitted for free via www.pitmansuperachievers.com. Once entries have been submitted a shortlist is created, then the public have the opportunity to vote, alongside the judging panel on who they feel should be the winners.

All winners will receive a prestigious SuperAchievers Award; a cash prize of £500 to help them on their way to achieving their goals and a distance learning training course (courtesy of Pitman Training Group) and additional prizes include Jennifer offering a 1hr personal im-pact review, 'Brand YOU,’ which will review the LinkedIn profile and personal branding of PA of the Year winner and 121 Mentor call for Working Mum of the Year from Claire Barratt along with her creating a ClaireaBella character for them.

Judge Lucy Brazier said: “I’m excited to be back judging the SuperAchievers for the second time, it’s incredible to see just how much the awards have impacted those nominated, shortlisted and of course the winners over the last few years. Pitman Training has really put vocational development on the map, and it really is so key to recognize that in colleagues, friends and family, who are striving to achieve their career goals. This is a great accolade to add to your CV. I’d urge people to nominate themselves, as well as others and rid the Brit-ishness of modesty to instead celebrate success”.

Pitman Training offers flexible, tailor-made courses and qualifications with one-on-one student support in subjects including Office, IT, Administration, Finance and Business, which are recognised by employers. The teams also offer free career clinics and CVs advice. For more information see www.pitman-training.com

The UK’s leading independent training provider, Pitman Training launched the SuperAchievers Awards to show anything is possible and to help reward people committed to driving their careers forward in a bid to inspire more of the British workforce to strive for more.

 

 

* Survey info

A recent survey suggests that 1/4 of UK based workers may be suffering from too much ‘Britishness’ as they hide their talents under a bushel and back away from celebrating their achievements. In their ‘Britishness at Work’ survey Pitman Training explored whether the ‘stiff upper lip’ still exists in modern British workplaces and if this is having an impact on the nation achieving its potential.


• 37% of Brits surveyed admitted to having left an achievement out of their CV
• 19% of those asked would never self-promote in a workplace
• 17% of Brits would never ask for a promotion

Gender differences were also illustrated as it was shown that women in particularly most heavily associated Britishness with modesty with 32% vs 24% of men.

Almost a third (32%) of respondents who associate Britishness with modesty have answered that they feel like they do not feel like they are chasing their dreams in their lives.

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