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Deana Ward Kickstart and Operational Lead

I’m Deana Ward, I’m the Kickstart and Operational Lead for Learning Skills and Enterprise within Future Creators, and a founding member of Badge Nation.

My passion is to help businesses and people thrive, and I have a varied background working in the UK and Middle East. Having had my own consultancy business for many years, I work with public and private sector organisations helping them support their customers, delivering a range of programmes for skills development and employability with clients such as DWP, University of Brighton and others.

I am currently leading a specialist Gateway as part of Brighton Dome and Festival, for the new DWP Kickstart programme and have been involved in digital badging for around 18 months. I have a particular interest in supporting those furthest from the labour market into work, along with supporting the green agenda.

I love badges as they are a great way of demonstrating skills and personal growth at any stage of your career. I didn’t complete a degree until my thirties so am a committed lifelong learner and see the value for all sorts of communities.

Talk to me if you are interested in becoming a Kickstart employer, or if you want to incorporate badging into your offer. I can help guide you!

About Badge Nation

With Badge Nation you can easily create your own bespoke badges to acknowledge and reward the achievements of your students, volunteers, colleagues and teams.

Led by Real Ideas and Future Creators, all badges issued by Badge Nation are written using the Cities of Learning badge standard which is endorsed by City and Guilds and the RSA.

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Our Story

Badge Nation is a community of organisations formed to encourage, track, share, recognise, reward and motivate learning and ambition – all via digital badges.

Through Badge Nation you can easily create your own specific badges for your own students, colleagues, or teams.

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