The Young Managers Award Scheme was conceived by Past Master Richard Paice in 1985 to encourage ambitious young managers to compete for a Pattenmakers’ award to further develop their careers. In November of each year, we invite employers to put forward strong candidates with high potential for their future career. From those applications we short-list up to 12 candidates to be interviewed to compete for two awards, one for Footwear and one for the more recently added Facilities Management sector.
Each Award runs for twelve months from March to April the following year, commencing with the two winners attending the Pattenmakers’ Banquet at the Mansion House in January to receive their citations. The actual awards consist of a training course specifically developed in conjunction with the applicant’s employer and designed to meet both the company and the individual’s needs. The Administrator of each scheme has full access to the Pattenmakers’ network to enable the candidates to develop their personal programme often including placements to experience other companies at first hand.
Additionally, award winners are invited to become Freemen of the Livery, which entitles them to be granted the Freedom of the City of London. In this way, these potential leaders of the future become engaged with the Livery, and it is hoped that they may wish to become Liverymen at a later stage.
The Scheme continues to be a valuable method of maintaining the Livery’s close links with the footwear industry and is building improved engagement with the Facilities Management sector. At the same time, it ensures that talented young managers are given opportunities to broaden their understanding of their chosen trade. This is evidenced by the enthusiasm of employers in submitting candidates each year and in the successful careers enjoyed by the majority of Award Winners.
Court Assistant Jane Wilson manages the overall scheme and interview panels for the awards comprise individuals from their respective industries. David Sharp leads the FM interview process; Jane Wilson leads the Footwear process.
- Interviews are held for both awards separately, in November.
- All interview candidates are invited to the Young Pattenmakers’ Dinner, usually held on the same evening in London.
- The winner of each award is invited to the Annual Banquet at the Mansion House in January, to receive their certificate and award, and their Trade Dinner later in the year.
Young Pattenmakers’ Dinner
This dinner is planned for the Friday in November to coincide with the Young Manager Award interviews. It is held for Young Patternmakers, past winners of Livery sponsored awards and hosts the interviewees of the two awards from the selection panel, taking place on the same day.