Identifying future HR leaders in public services

Identifying Future HR Leaders in Public Services

Now in its fourth year, the Rising Stars competition identifies future HR leaders in public service and gives emerging HR talent a platform to showcase their practical, creative solutions to the big issues currently facing the sector.

At Manpower, we’re proud sponsors of the competition, encouraging public service employers to look beyond short term challenges and think about who will be leading their organisations in ten years’ time.

Identifying and empowering future HR leaders in public services

As an Assistant HR Advisor at Bristol City Council, Ashleigh Richards was crowned the Rising Star of 2016 in recognition of her dedication to promoting apprenticeships in Bristol. She has been instrumental in championing apprenticeships in the city, by encouraging both employers and young people to get involved in a scheme. Ashleigh’s contribution, along with that of her colleagues in HR, has seen the number of council apprentices double over the last two years.

In a press release from Bristol City Council, Ashleigh said: “This recognition represents many years of hard work that I and my colleagues have put in to raise awareness of apprenticeships and what these schemes can do for business and individuals.

“I was given an opportunity at a young age to forge a career and develop my knowledge and skills. I’m so very grateful for that chance and am thrilled to be in a position to now help others along the same path.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am delighted for Ashleigh and her colleagues. Their hard work in championing the value of apprenticeships is helping to drive a new sense of opportunity amongst young, unemployed people in the city.”

Nick Heckscher, Director at Manpower said: “The Rising Stars finals always manage to simultaneously develop and recognise great talent in public service HR by blending learning and competition. Ashleigh presented with personality, passion and persuasiveness to deservedly win the award.”

Find out more about the competition by visiting our PPMA Rising Stars webpage.