Young Women's Trust Partners with ELLE

Friday 14 December 2018

Young Women’s Trust Partners with ELLE to Celebrate the Young Women Shaking Up the World of Work

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Young Women’s Trust is thrilled to announce ELLE as the media partner for their annual awards ceremony due to take place in February 2019. The awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of young women in the UK who have overcome challenges to find or stay in work. 

The charity, which supports women aged 16 to 30 on low or no pay and has this year campaigned on issues from workplace sexual harassment to the gender pay gap, is asking people to nominate young women who have overcome barriers to success.

Nominations are now open in two categories, sponsored by construction firm Wates Group and recruitment specialists Venn Group, and supported by ELLE: 

  1. The ‘Apprentice Award’, for a young woman who has achieved in her apprenticeship
  2. The ‘Trailblazer Award’, for a young woman achieving in a male-dominated industry. 

The charity will also recognise the young women it supports through an ‘everyday SHEro’ award, for a young woman who inspires others but goes unrecognised, and an ‘influencer award’, for someone who uses her voice to speak out for others. 

The winners will be announced at a dinner on 26 February 2019, held at the historic The Brewery in the heart of the city of London. A member of the ELLE UK team, Black British Business Awards founder Melanie Eusebe, and Vanessa Vallely, founder of We Are the City, will be among those presenting awards to the deserving winners.

The dinner will also raise vital funds for the charity to support more young women in 2019 to build their confidence and find work. 

Dr Carole Easton OBE, Young Women’s Trust chief executive, said: “Progress is being made to increase the number of women in senior leadership roles, but young women still face huge barriers to getting a job in the first place. 

“Every day we hear about gender pay gaps, sexual harassment and discrimination. 

“These awards are our way of recognising the amazing young women we meet through our work and all the young women we are still to meet in the UK who overcome challenges day in, day out.” 

Anne-Marie Curtis, ELLE UK Editor-in-Chief, comments: “At ELLE we see the power and possibility generated when women lift other women up, which is why we are thrilled to be partnering with the Young Women’s Trust. Now more than ever, it’s important to recognise and celebrate unsung women all over the country who, despite difficult and persistent barriers, are able to keep on pushing for change and success in their careers.”

Nominations are open until 1 January 2019. To nominate someone you know, go to  


Notes to editor: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. Nominations for the first Young Women’s Trust awards are open until midnight on 1 January 2019. To nominate a young woman for an award, go to
  3. For any questions about nominations, please see Young Women’s Trust’s FAQ page:
  4. If you are interested in sponsoring an award or attending the dinner, contact
  5. The award winners will be decided by a panel of young women and the awards ceremony will be held the evening of 26 February 2019 in central London.
  6. For more information, or if you would like to speak with a young woman in your local area about how she is breaking down barriers to work, please contact Bex Bailey at