What is the most motivating thing you could do for your caretaker, for a dinner lady or for your catering manager?

Unsung heroes in schools are generally unsung because they are not on the front line. They are chefs, cooks, dinner ladies, kitchen workers, kitchen managers, catering managers, restaurant managers, caretakers and site managers.

As you look at that list you will, I am sure, agree that such members of your team often don’t get the recognition and encouragement they deserve.

And that’s why we are running the National Unsung Heroes Awards.

There is no charge for entering the awards – and nomination is very straightforward. In fact the quickest and easiest way to submit a nomination is via the nomination form on our website. And it is worth noting that you can nominate more than one colleague for an award.

I’d also add that being shortlisted is a great achievement and a real morale booster for both the individual and the school. Indeed there are few things you can do to improve performance, attitude and commitment that are as powerful as nominating your people for an “Unsung Heroes” Award.

The 2013 Awards categories:

  • Chef/Cook of the year
  • School Dinner Lady of the year
  • Kitchen Worker of the year
  • Kitchen Manager/Catering Manager/Restaurant Manager of the year
  • Caretaker/Site Manager of the year

The closing date for entry is July 1 2013.

Best wishes, and good luck.

Tony Ricciardi

CK Direct Unit 9, Botolph BridgeTrading Estate, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9QP
Tel 0808 17800900 Fax 01733 569433 Email steph@ckdirect.co.uk www.ckdirect.co.uk