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Aspire-igen and its Learners to host Igniting Inspiration Awards for Third Year

By Joe Grant

On Thursday 28th November, training provider aspire-igen will have the privilege of hosting and sponsoring the Igniting Inspiration Awards for a third successive year. The event space, housed within aspire igen’s Opportunity Centre, will once again provide the backdrop to a fabulous evening of celebration and community.

The Igniting Inspiration Awards are set up to celebrate the achievements of women from the North of England who are making a positive difference at work and in society. The awards were created by Anj Handa, Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, a global, inclusive movement of people who want to see the world become a safer, fairer place for women, wherever they live and whatever they do.

Anj says “We are delighted to partner with aspire-igen for a third year. I set up Igniting Inspiration in a way that turns the usual awards event format on its head. Social impact is woven throughout: from the stories of the nominees, to the artists and sponsors who support us, to giving young people the opportunity to provide hospitality at this scale for the first time. Our guests love to chat with the learners and witness their confidence grow as the night goes on.”

Giving a boost to learner confidence

At this year’s awards, learners on aspire igen’s Study to Work programme will be preparing and serving up a Spanish-influenced feast which they will create under supervision of Catering and Hospitality Manager Joe Grant.

He says “This is one of my favourite styles of food to cook with the learners. We have developed the entire menu together and I feel it is a great reflection of their personalities and passion. This will be a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, with a menu full of bold colours and flavours.  We also have planned some pleasant surprises. We can’t wait!

“The learners whom were involved in last year’s Igniting Inspiration awards were certainly a hit with guests and our current cohort are very much looking forward to this year’s evening.

These opportunities are so important for our learners. The awards provide them with a platform where they can once again get a chance to showcase just what they are capable of!”

About aspire-igen Group Ltd

Aspire-igen is a social enterprise committed to changing young people’s lives for the better through learning and work. Its Opportunity Centre in Bradford is based on Cheapside in the former Council Chambers building.  It’s second floor event space boasts original features and impressive rooms all with up to date IT facilities, available to hire for meetings, training days and even awards evenings.

About Inspiring Women Changemakers

Inspiring Women Changemakers is a dynamic movement of women who join up to lead transformational change – at work, in society, and in the world. The Igniting Inspiration Awards are set up to celebrate the achievements of women from the North of England who are making a positive difference at work and in society.

For further information on sponsorship opportunities or the awards, contact Anj Handa at Tel: 07946 646295.

Picture 1 – IWC Founder Anj Handa (right) and aspire igen group Chief Executive Caroline Harrison (left) enjoying entertainment at last year’s Igniting Inspiration awards.

Picture 2 – Event space Learner serves up at the Igniting Inspiration awards.