Recruitment firm awarded

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A Ripley-based recruitment firm has scooped a prestigious award for its work helping people improve their employability.

Gi Group, which has a branch on Oxford Street, was named overall winner in the Workplace Talent and Skills Award category at Business in the Community’s annual Responsible Business Awards. It is the first recruitment business ever to gain the accolade.

The award was presented at a gala dinner held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, co-hosted by Joanna Lumley and comedian James Corden. More than 1,000 people attended the event including Prime Minister David Cameron. CEO of Gi Group Jess Watts, said: “Winning this top award is fantastic recognition of all the hard work the team has put in to make a positive impact on the employment prospects of hundreds of people each year.”

The award recognised Gi Group’s investment in employability schemes aimed at school children and providing careers guidance in colleges, to pre-employment training.