Employer Awards

Employer Awards Nomination Guidelines

Nominees for Employer Awards must be private-sector employers that operate a business in the local workforce development area, and that are in good standing overall and specifically with the Texas Workforce Commission Tax department.

Nominations are limited to the SurveyMonkey links provided. Nominations for Employer Awards require Boards to submit the following information:

  • Board contact information (for example, contact name, email)
  • Confirmation that the Board Executive Director and Board Chair are aware of the nomination submission
  • Employer nominee information (such as the physical address of the company, employer contact name, Federal Employer Identification Number, Unemployment Insurance Tax ID)
  • Confirmation that the Board has notified the employer nominee of TWC background reviews, such as unemployment insurance tax status, OSHA violations and lawsuit activity
  • A description of how the employer, working with the Texas workforce system, has met the goal of ensuring that employers and workers have the resources and skills Texas needs to remain competitive
  • Supporting documentation, including endorsements or letters of support, print, electronic or video news stories, correspondence, or other relevant supporting documentation
  • Information for awards publication materials and employer logo

Boards must submit nominations for Employer Awards via the SurveyMonkey nomination links provided on this page. Additionally, Boards may use the planning document provided for each award category, as well as the Tips for Nominations MS Word sheet, to plan responses prior to submission.

TWC has notified system partners about the Texas workforce system’s Employer of the Year awards and asked them to work with Boards to identify employers embodying innovation and partnership when addressing workforce needs.

The Awards Committee must receive all nominations on or before Friday, August 7, 2020. Questions regarding the awards may be sent to awards@twc.texas.gov.

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SurveyMonkey Submission Tips

This year, the TWC Awards Committee is using SurveyMonkey for awards submissions. Boards may refer to the tips and reminders below to best prepare nomination responses.

  • Use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 11 when using SurveyMonkey.
  • Nomination responses must be completed in one session in SurveyMonkey; there is no “save” option.
  • All fields in SurveyMonkey are required. If you have no response for a field, enter “N/A.”
  • To help you plan your nomination responses, open the Word document provided with each award description on this page, fill it out, then copy and paste your responses into SurveyMonkey.
  • Note the upload fields for additional documentation and the file type (PDF and Word documents) and size limit (16 MB).
  • When copying and pasting into the SurveyMonkey platform, formatting will not transfer. Once you paste into SurveyMonkey, please add any paragraph breaks by using the Enter/Return key.
  • There is no “review submission” option before clicking “Done” to submit the nomination on the final screen. You may, however, use the “Prev” and “Next” buttons to move from page to page and review your response. Again, it is recommended that Boards use the Word document provided to plan their responses.
  • Click “Done” to submit a nomination. Upon submission of the nomination form, a “thank you” message will appear on screen.

 

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Large Employer of the Year

The Large Employer of the Year award honors one private-sector employer with 500 employees or more whose efforts and initiatives resulted in an extraordinary impact on the state of Texas, as well as the employers, workers and community in which the employer operates. The award acknowledges the efforts of a large employer that, as a customer of and collaborator with the Texas workforce system, has created or used innovative approaches recruiting, training and retaining workers, upgrading worker skills, redesigning jobs, providing child care solutions, taking advantage of technology, or collaborating and cooperating with the community. The award focuses on employer excellence and operational results that benefit employers, workers and the local community, and assumes a close partnership with and successful use of Texas workforce system services.

Each Board may submit one nomination recognizing a large local employer. 

Judging Criteria

Judges will evaluate nominations and award points based on the information provided.  The nomination questions and possible points for each response are:

Nomination Questions

Maximum Points

Provide an overview of no more than 350 words, describing the employer’s contribution to the Texas workforce system. Identify workforce system needs, and describe innovation, partnership and collaboration that the employer used to build capacity to meet economic and workforce objectives for the local community and the state.  

25

Describe the employer’s involvement with the Texas workforce system and successful support of Texas’ workforce needs.

10

Identify the economic impact or other measurable results relating to employers, workers, the local community and the state of Texas within the past 12 months or most recent reporting period (for example, new business, new jobs, upgraded worker skills, and improved new-hire retention).

10

Explain how the Texas workforce system gained leverage, capacity and advantage from these efforts.

10

Identify those involved, including collaborators, both inside and beyond your workforce area. Collaborators may include local economic development and business organizations, educational partners and labor organizations. Describe the benefits that each collaborator received.

10

Describe the scope of this initiative, including the budget, human resource requirements, time invested and time frames. In terms of any or all of the elements identified above, what was the approximate cost of this endeavor?

10

Describe innovative methods or essential ideas that make the employer’s efforts unique.

5

Explain how others are using or might replicate these efforts.

5

Describe how the employer contributes to the community.

10

Describe why job seekers would choose this employer over other employers.

5

Provide endorsements/letters of support from economic development/business, educational, or labor organizations.

10

 

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Small Employer of the Year

The Small Employer of the Year Award honors one private-sector employer with fewer than 500 employees whose efforts and initiatives resulted in an extraordinary impact on the state of Texas, as well as employers, workers and the community in which the employer operates. The award acknowledges the efforts of a small employer that, as a customer of and collaborator with the Texas workforce system, has created or used innovative approaches recruiting, training, and retaining workers, upgrading worker skills, redesigning jobs, providing child care solutions, taking advantage of technology, or collaborating and cooperating with the community. The award focuses on employer excellence and operational results that benefit employers, workers and the local community, and assumes a close partnership with, and successful use of, Texas workforce system services.

For the purposes of this award, a small employer is an independently owned business with fewer than 500 employees that has operations based in the Board's local workforce development area (workforce area). This means that a locally owned franchise would qualify as a small employer, as long as the business has fewer than 500 employees. However, a business that is part of a chain owned and operated by a larger corporation would not qualify as a small employer, and the same is true of a large corporation with a small branch in the workforce area.

Each Board may submit one nomination recognizing a small local employer.

Judging Criteria 

Judges will evaluate nominations and award points based on the information provided. The nomination questions and possible points for each response are:

Nomination Questions

Maximum Points

Provide an overview of no more than 350 words, describing the employer’s contribution to the Texas workforce system. Identify workforce system needs, and describe innovation, partnership and collaboration that the employer used to build capacity to meet economic and workforce objectives for the local community and the state.

25

Describe the employer’s involvement with the Texas workforce system and successful support of Texas’ workforce needs.

10

Identify the economic impact or other measurable results relating to employers, workers, the local community and the state of Texas within the past 12 months or most recent reporting period (for example, new business, new jobs, upgraded worker skills, and improved new-hire retention).

10

Explain how the Texas workforce system gained leverage, capacity and advantage from these efforts.

10

Identify those involved, including collaborators, both inside and beyond your workforce area. Collaborators may include local economic development and business organizations, educational partners and labor organizations. Describe the benefits that each collaborator received.

10

Describe the scope of this initiative, including the budget, human resource requirements, time invested and time frames. In terms of any or all of the elements identified above, what was the approximate cost of this endeavor?

10

Describe innovative methods or essential ideas that make the employer’s efforts unique.

5

Explain how others are using or might replicate these efforts.

5

Describe how the employer contributes to the community.

10

Describe why job seekers would choose this employer over other employers.

5

Provide endorsements/letters of support from economic development/business educational, or labor organizations.

10

 

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Veteran-Friendly Employer of the Year

The Veteran-Friendly Employer of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of one private-sector employer with established hiring practices designed to effectively recruit and employ veterans.

The award acknowledges the efforts of an employer that has used innovative approaches to recruiting, hiring and retaining veterans in its workforce. The award focuses on results and activities that benefit veteran employers and veteran job seekers.

Each Board may submit one nomination recognizing a veteran-friendly employer.

Judging Criteria 

Judges will evaluate nominations and award points based on the information provided. The nomination questions and possible points for each response are:

Nomination Questions

Maximum Points

Provide an overview of no more than 350 words, describing the employer’s hiring practices designed to recruit and hire veterans for employment.

25

Describe the employer’s policies that give preference to hiring veterans, refer veterans, or include any other veteran-friendly policies.

15

Provide the number of veterans employed by the employer, the total number of employees employed and the percentage of veterans employed by the employer.

15

Provide the number of veterans hired from April 2019 to March 2020 and the total number of employees hired in that time.

15

Identify and describe employer programs and benefits designed to recruit veterans.

10

Describe community activities that benefit veterans employed by the employer as well as veterans in the community.

10

Explain why veteran job seekers would choose this employer over other employers.

10

 

 

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Local Employer of Excellence

The Local Employer of Excellence award recognizes one private-sector employer whose efforts and initiatives have resulted in a significant positive impact on the local workforce development area, including on other employers, workers and the community.

Each Board is encouraged to submit a nomination recognizing one local employer. The Board sets its own criteria for this award.

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