A Swansea University collaboration with Aspire2Be, iBroadcast has been named Academia and Business Partnership of the Year at the Wales Technology Awards 2022.
Founded by Technology Connected, the Wales Technology Awards, now in its eighth year, honours the talented and most innovative individuals and organisations within this vibrant industry.
Those shortlisted for Academia and Business Partnership of the Year are outstanding examples of how teamwork can boost research and innovation and develop new ground-breaking services or products.
iBroadcast, an Aspire2BE education offering, designed in partnership with Sean Holley, was adapted for Higher Education with the Swansea University Employability Academy to enhance work-based learning.
Utilising the media skills of renowned sports broadcaster Sean Holley, the project helps students gain experience in the competitive media and broadcasting sector through a series of sessions that promote communication, collaboration and presentation.
Now in its fifth year, the project recently underwent a digital transformation; with new online collaborative working tools for student training, the project is more accessible than ever.
Lucy Griffiths, Head of Swansea University Employability Academy (SEA), said: "I'm delighted that our long-term collaboration with Aspire2Be has been recognised at these prestigious Welsh awards.
"Digital solutions, digital skills enhancement and employability development are always at the forefront within SEA, and this project epitomises those. It's been wonderful, over the years, to see the great things our iBroadcast alumni go on to achieve – be it working with the All Blacks in a PR role or gaining a competitive graduate role with a local multi-media agency.
"I'm excited about the project's future, and this win acknowledging the hard work and passion that's gone into this collaboration is fantastic."
Simon Pridham, Aspire 2Be Managing Director, added: "It is fantastic to win yet another award for our partnership with Swansea University and SEA.
"It has been so rewarding to watch the iBroadcast Programme positively impact the various projects we have completed together, and we very much look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come."
Also nominated for this award was the team behind Circular Revolution, the UK's first business-led hub focused on circular thinking, designed and delivered in partnership with Riversimple, Swansea University and the University of Exeter.
The project involves aiding businesses' practical transformation and transition to a new circular business model, helping develop a sustainable Wales.
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, the project is creating new job opportunities, supporting businesses and raising skills in Wales.
Professor Gavin Bunting, Project Lead for the Circular Revolution project, said: "The move to a Circular Economy is one of the most significant changes industry can take to help the environment.
"Being nominated recognises how the strong and enthusiastic collaboration between Riversimple, Swansea University and the University of Exeter enables businesses to engage with circular innovation and learn from industrial and academic best practice.
"In addition, it highlights the world-leading innovation in Blockchain systems and legal frameworks which will form a unique solution for management of circular supply chains."