People 1st, the Sector Skills Council for passenger transport, launches 2012 awards scheme that aims to recognise the contribution of women.

Nominations have opened for the 2012 Women 1st Shine Awards, the only awards scheme that is designed to recognise the outstanding achievements of women in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries.

Organised by People 1st, the Sector Skills Council for the three industries, the awards are open to women and organisations in the passenger transport industry. While 58% of the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism workforce is female, only 6% of board director positions are held by women. In passenger transport, just 22% of the workforce is female and the awards aim to recognise the excellence of those that have achieved.

As well as celebrating the amazing achievements of women across the sector, the awards also commend those businesses and individuals that are leading the way in supporting female development and retention.

The categories for this year’s Women 1st Shine Awards are:

  • Woman of theYear;
  • Lifetime Achievement;
  • Outstanding Entrepreneur;
  • Mentor of the Year;
  • Rising Star;
  • Small Business; and
  • Large Business.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on June 19 in London, following the inaugural Women 1st Conference. The evening will also see 25 inspirational females inducted into the Women 1st Top 100 Club.

Women 1st is the thought leadership, training and mentoring programme, developed People 1st, to help women working in the sector achieve their career aspirations. Women 1st has supported over 700 women with tailored training and mentoring support since 2009.

Sharon Glancy, founder of Women 1st, said: “The importance of recognising and celebrating female talent and influence is more important now than ever before. The Women 1st Shine Awards present a fantastic opportunity to highlight the vital role that women play in our sector, as well as the unique approach and skills that they bring to the table.

“Last year’s awards were an amazing success, and we are delighted to launch the 2012 entries to identify and recognise the unsung heroes.”

Nominations for the awards can be made online until May 4 at people1st.co.uk/shineawards.

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