Our sponsors

Prospects are kindly sponsoring: The Taking Charge of Your Life Award


The Prospects Group provides tailored education, employment, training and care products and services for people at all stages of life. Each year Prospects inspires more than 500,000 people to develop their potential and transform their lives. More than 1,400 professional and skilled colleagues provide practical support to the local communities they are based in across the UK and internationally. Prospects is one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK. It is also a Leader in Diversity and ranked in the top 100 index by the National Centre for Diversity.


Nick Bell, Chief Executive at Prospects said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Youth Ambition Awards. We work with thousands of young people across the country including care leavers, people with special educational needs and disabilities, those not in employment, education or training, teenage parents and young offenders. In Northamptonshire we currently support young people to move from education into employment and hope to expand our services in the county in the future. At the heart of all of our work are the young people themselves, their needs are central to our approach and we help to inspire them to overcome the barriers they face and develop their potential. This is why we are proud to be sponsoring the Taking Charge of your Life Award.”

For more information, please visit the Prospects website.

CDS are kindly sponsoring: The Young Apprentice of the Year Award

CDS is a large multi-award winning communications agency. Their print division provides print management and creative services to clients including, Northamptonshire County Council, Birmingham City Council, Essex County Council and 11 other Local Authorities, as well as numerous Higher Education organisations including Middlesex University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Open University.


David Burton, Director of Print and Creative Services at CDS said:

“CDS is pleased to be able to support Northamptonshire’s Youth Ambition Awards 2016.  This is a fabulous initiative designed to get the community to focus on the great things our young people have achieved or have done.  As a firm advocate of apprentice schemes and the real benefits that apprentices can bring to business CDS is delighted to sponsor The Young Apprentice of the Year Award on the basis that today’s gifted apprentices are the future of business and potentially tomorrow’s business leaders.”

Canon are kindly sponsoring: The Project or Campaign of the Year Award



Surrie Everett-Pascoe, Regional Manager Sustainability and Business Assurance, Canon UK and Ireland said:

“Canon has a  Social Value Policy which encompasses a variety of initiatives in the public sector to support our customers and communities.  These include apprenticeships, youth creativity workshops and an employability skills programme. We are pleased to be able to include our support of the Youth Ambition Awards as part of that, and as a demonstration of our commitment to work with customers and partners to add value at community level”

RJDM Studios are kindly sponsoring: The Arts Award


RJDM Studios is a unique agency specialising in the digital delivery of Animation, Online, Apps, Film and E-Learning. 

RJDM combines talented award-winning artists with experienced programmers and software engineers to deliver world-class solutions and service to our customers.


For more information, please visit RJDM Studios or follow us on Facebook.


Ricky O’Donnell, Managing Director at RJDM Studios said:

“RJDM Studios are always on the look out for talent in the ever-increasing creative world of design. We are passionate about investing in young people, and inspiring a generation of creative talent. We are extremely proud to be sponsoring the ‘Arts Award’ for Northamptonshire County Council’s 2016 Youth Ambition Awards, and eagerly look forward to seeing a wide selection of expertise across the skill sectors including fashion, sculpture, graffiti art, film, dance and many more.”

Centurion Training Solutions Ltd are kindly sponsoring: The Young Role Model of the Year Award


Centurion Training Solutions is a dedicated automotive vocational training company based in Northampton delivering, IMI, City & Guilds and AQA courses at entry level, Level 1 and Level 2. Established in 2003 Centurion has developed a portfolio of courses designed to enhance the educational experience of students by offering automotive vocational based training. We offer training to both mainstream school pupils and to students with special educational needs, physical, emotional or behavioural issues. We have a wide range of courses designed to meet a variety of needs and abilities.


Val Rogers, Managing Director at Centurion Training Solutions said:

“Here at Centurion we are all pleased to be sponsoring the Youth Ambition Awards this year, especially our category of Young Role Model of the Year. As a company we encounter a wide spectrum of young people from various backgrounds and have seen first-hand how remarkable young people can be and how they can face adversity with a positive attitude and go on to thrive. The young people in this category are an inspiration to us all and deserve to be recognised for their outstanding achievements no matter how large or small, they have all contributed to making a real difference to the lives of others around them and they should be incredibly proud.”

For more information, please visit the Centurion Training Solutions LTD website.

Galliford Try are kindly sponsoring: The Special Recognition Award


Galliford Try are a leading national construction group and principal contractors for the design and build of the new four-storey headquarters building for Northamptonshire County Council at Angel Street, which will bring thousands of council staff into one central site. Our strength is the diversity of our activities and our edge is our ability to bring local expertise to schemes of national significance, delivering complex, large-scale projects with attention to detail. We are recognised for our collaborative approach, carefully considering the requirements of our customers, the communities our projects serve and the environments in which they sit to ensure we deliver outstanding solutions on every occasion.


Jon Marston, Managing Director at Galliford Try Building East Midlands said:

“We are proud to be lending our support to the 2016 Youth Ambition Awards by sponsoring the newly launched Special Recognition Award. Our delivery team at Project Angel in Northampton has fully engaged with the local community, colleges and institutions in order to provide apprenticeship opportunities and training to the youth of Northampton. The young people working with us are a fine example of the values the Youth Ambition Awards seek to reward and a credit to Northampton – on their behalf, and on behalf of all working to make Project Angel a reality, we will be delighted to present the Special Recognition Award 2016 in June this year.”

For more information, please visit the Galliford Try website.

Prizes for the Youth Ambition Awards winners are kindly sponsored by Guidant Group


Guidant Group has partnered with Northamptonshire County Council in the provision of temporary workers since 2011. As pioneers in managed services and outsourced recruitment, we have extensive experience of working with a wide variety of leading organisations in the public and private sectors to deliver the precise talent they need.


Melanie Forbes, Chief Executive at Guidant Group said:

‘At Guidant Group we strongly recognise the need for businesses to support today’s young people in order to help them achieve their goals and prepare them for the world of work. We are therefore very pleased to sponsor NCC’s 2016 Youth Ambition Awards, which celebrate the exceptional achievements of some of the county’s most remarkable young people. I’m sure all of this year’s entrants will go on to do even more great things in the future!’

Thank you to CIPD for their contribution to this year's prize fund


CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. They are the voice of a worldwide community of 140,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives.