Teresa Scott FIEP awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours List for lifelong services to Entrepreneurship and Employability
Teresa Scott FIEP, the founder of Employability Training specialist Kennedy Scott, which helps individuals with disabilities and mental health issues find jobs and realise their career potential, has been awarded an OBE for her lifelong services to Entrepreneurship & Employability.
A highly respected industry figure and tireless campaigner, Teresa has been recognised for three decades of dedication to the training and employability support sector.
Originally graduating as a teacher, Teresa founded Kennedy Scott in 1989 with the aim of providing career development opportunities for young people who had not fared well in mainstream education. One of the first companies to offer apprenticeships within the employment sector, Teresa is an unwavering advocate of quality and diversity in recruitment, believing that everyone has a niche and can progress while adding value to employers across a range of sectors.
Upon being named in the New Year’s Honours list, Teresa commented: “I am humbled to be recognised in the New Year’s Honours list but, I believe this award really is recognition of our organisation’s pursuit and dedication to employment opportunities for all.
Teresa added: “Through the collective focus of our team and all the hard work and dedication of the staff, Kennedy Scott changes lives every day and I am incredibly proud of the work we do and the inspirational people I see every day.”
Under Teresa’s leadership as CEO, Kennedy Scott has provided 28 years’ service to the Government. Through its dedicated work, it helps people with disabilities, those living with conditions such as autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, or combatting mental health issues, find a new career and then stay in employment.
Kennedy Scott has helped more than 50,000 people into work since inception. Today it delivers the Department for Work and Pension’s Prime Contract for Specialist Employability Support, and the DWP’s Work Programme and DWP Work Choice across a series of counties and districts.
In 2016 Teresa was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from ERSA and was appointed to the IEP Board in September 2017.
Scott Parkin FIEP, IEP Chairman said “On behalf of the IEP I would like to congratulate Teresa on this fantastic achievement. As an IEP Fellow, Board Member and Corporate Affiliate Partner Teresa is a keen advocate of the IEP’’s work and an active contributor to the Institute’s progress. Teresa has dedicated her business life to getting people back to work and this is a fitting recognition of her efforts and her importance to our profession."