Holly shortlisted for UK Skills Competition Diversity Champion award for promoting inclusivity


Weston College’s Holly has been shortlisted for the UK Skills Competition Diversity Champion award, sponsored by the Education & Training Foundation, for her outstanding work in promoting inclusivity in education at HMP Portland.

As an inclusive practitioner, Holly challenges and changes the culture by recognising the diversity of all learners and creating a space where all learners can engage and have their voices heard. In a prison environment where many learners have learning difficulties or are members of minority groups, Holly has implemented aspirational education and skills projects that represent these various groups in the prison, creating an inclusive learning environment.

Holly’s dedication to inclusivity has broken down barriers and created opportunities for learners from all backgrounds to engage in dialogue and feel comfortable. Her efforts resulted in the first-ever PRIDE event in Portland Prison, which saw over 270 staff and learners sign up for allyship.

The Worldskills UK Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards celebrate the work of individuals who support diverse and inclusive practices in the workplace, personal life, or classroom. The nominees’ passion and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion have inspired the awards panel, making selecting category winners challenging.

Weston College is very proud of Holly and the difference she is making in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. The overall winners will be announced on 23rd February 2023.