Three local organisations have been recognised in the Investors in Education Awards.
Gosberton House School, Monkshouse Primary School, Spalding, and Springfields Horticultural Society, Spalding, all received Investors in Education Awards from Elaine Lilley, chief executive of The EBP.
The EBP hosted the event to recognise the contribution of local businesses to enrichment programmes for young people.
Over 14,000 employers in Lincolnshire and Rutland support The EBP’s Access Employability initiative to help young people gain work skills, including providing work experience placements for more than 6,000 14-19 year-olds.
Schools and colleges were invited to nominate three employers who had ‘gone the extra mile’.
Over 70 nominations were received for placements provided by a wide range of businesses, including day nurseries, fitness centres, hairdressing salons, kennels, motor dealerships, supermarkets, building and landscaping contractors, hotels, hospitals and the Fire & Rescue Service.
Several employers were especially praised for the additional support they gave to students with special needs.
Guest speaker Pete Cohen, corporate and sports performance coach and TV personality, gave an entertaining and motivational presentation about quashing negative thoughts and thinking positively.
That positive attitude was demonstrated during the event by three students from the University Technical College in Lincoln, who gave a presentation on their own work experience placements.
Their principal, Dr Rona Mackenzie, was justly proud, saying: “They were inspirational! I could never have imagined that students of their age could be so dynamic, so inspiring and so driven.”
Businesses present at the awards evening were equally enthusiastic about the initiative.
The EBP currently supports approximately 6,000 14-16 year olds with work experience placements. These are facilitated through a base of approximately 15,000 employers across Lincolnshire and the wider region.
The project covers a range of age groups, programmes and delivery models, from five to ten-day block placements to extended placements for vocational courses, including the Study Programme and Traineeships.
During its 12-year history of providing a work experience service to schools and employers, EBP has supported over a million young people on placements, all of which are fully Health and Safety risk assessed.
The STEM programme (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) enables young people aged five to 19 to meet inspiring role models and experience hands-on STEM activities. To become involved in the initiative, ring 01522 574100.