Sky Academy’s Starting Out initiative won the Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award at Business in the Community’s 2016 Annual Responsible Business Gala in London last night.

The event at the O2 arena was the culmination of the 2016 Responsible Business Awards, run by The Prince of Wales’s charity Business in the Community to celebrate the innovative ways that businesses in the UK and abroad are making a sustained difference and transforming communities. The Unipart Inspiring Young Talent category recognises businesses that go the extra mile to support young people on their journey to a successful working life.

Each year, Sky Academy Starting Out, offers over 1000 young people graduate programmes, apprenticeships, and work experience placements, providing hands on experience and valuable insight into the world of work, helping them to take their first steps towards their chosen career.

Sky Academy
is a set of initiatives that use the power of TV, creativity and sport to help young people build practical skills and experience from primary school right through to those starting their careers, and has helped over 350,000young people in the UK and Ireland so far,.

Martha Jennings, Sky Academy Starting Out Manager, commented:
“This is fantastic recognition for everything we are trying to achieve through Sky Academy. Thanks to the hard work of everyone in the Sky Academy Starting Out team, and the support of the wider business, over 1,000 opportunities are provided every single year. We love what we do, knowing that we have a huge impact on young people’s lives, and this award really is the icing on the cake.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said
: “The Responsible Business Awards provide the proof that from the largest global multinational to the smallest local firm, business is a powerful force for good in society. This year we have seen some profound examples of what business can achieve when it puts responsibility at the heart of its operations. I congratulate Sky for the practical action it has taken to build a fairer world and more sustainable future."

Almost 300 companies entered the 2016 Responsible Business Awards. Over 1,600 senior guests, from SME owners to the CEOs of global brands as well as NGOS attended the Annual Responsible Business Gala which was supported by 2015 Responsible Business of the Year, Fujitsu. The event was hosted by Sky News and Sports presenter Sarah-Jane Mee, and Jason Bradbury who fronts Channel Five's The Gadget Show.
To find out more about Sky’s award entry, along with the full list of 2016 winners visit BITC Responsible Business Awards 2016