The Employment Service and its IT partner, EDS, have won two of the prestigious "Computing" Awards for Excellence. The awards were announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor, London, on 3 October.
The winning categories are "Most Innovative e-Business Project of the Year" and "Web Site of the Year".
The e-Business Project award went to Jobpoints. These are state-of-the-art touch screen kiosks which are being installed in every Jobcentre in Britain. The Jobpoints replace the traditional job display boards and cards and give job seekers access to the national job bank of over half a million vacancies.
The Employment Service internet site also took the Web Site of the Year award. Like the Jobpoints, the Employment Service site also gives users access to the national job bank, enabling anyone with an internet PC to look for work 24 hours a day.
The awards were collected on behalf of the Employment Service and EDS partnership by Sandra Newton and Andy Hunt, Joint Directors of the modernisation programme which has transformed the public employment service in Britain.
The Harvey Nash, FirstPersonGlobal business scooped first prize in the category for "Recruitment Service of the Year" at the awards. Paul Smith, CEO of FirstPersonGlobal and a Director of Harvey Nash said, "This is a fantastic achievement and will provide us with extensive recognition for our success. It also propagates Harvey Nash innovation, quality and professional business approach.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank FirstPersonGlobal's clients and community for their support. Let's hope we can win the double on Friday at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's Recruitment Industry Awards, where FirstPersonGlobal are finalists in the Best Recruitment Website category.
The awards, now in their 9th year, promote high standards of individual and collective achievement and are one of the most established and renowned awards in the UK IT calendar. They are also widely recognised as the benchmark for excellence throughout the computing industry. Entries are evaluated on strategy, creativity, and effectiveness, with clients and candidates referenced. FirstPersonGlobal were judged against the other finalists to have the highest level of client and candidate care.