The EBP rewards Lincolnshire businesses for investing in the next generation

24 businesses from across Lincolnshire were recognised for their dedication in supporting work experience and employability opportunities for young people at The EBP’s annual Investors in Education Awards, held at the Lincolnshire Showground on 8 November.

Each year The EBP invites schools and academies to nominate organisations to receive an Investors in Education award. These nominations are for the employers that really stood out and went the extra mile to help the young people they worked with. Employability programmes and work experience can open up a world of opportunity to a young person and can significantly increase their future prospects and aspirations. The IIE Awards are held to recognise the time and commitment made by the Lincolnshire business community to support the next generation in becoming better prepared for the world of work.

Nominations were received for a wide range of businesses across many difference sectors including education, retail, construction, animal care, engineering, healthcare and horticulture.

The winners were presented with their certificates by The EBP’s Chief Executive, Elaine Lilley, and Schools Administration Coordinator Kayleigh Wells, along with motivational speaker David Hyner who also delivered an inspirational speech on positive thinking and the benefits of mentoring young people.

The following organisations all received Investors in Education Awards: Access to Music, Bracebridge Heath Pre School, Bransby Horses, Branston Ltd, Bulldog Remoulds, Eminox, Heighington Pre-School, Hill Holt Wood, Jonathan Whiting Independent Funeral Directors Ltd, LCC Drainage Engineering Team, Lindum, LIVES, Marks & Spencer, Newman Watters Veterinary Surgery, PGL, Results for Life, Roy Wilson Auto Services, St Barnabas Hospice, The Gainsborough Parish Church CE Primary School, The Grimsthorpe & Drummond Castle Trust, University of Lincoln, Vic Green Gardening Services, Waitrose Lincoln and Waitrose Stamford.

Elaine Lilley, Chief Executive at The EBP, said: “Our work would not be possible without the support of the local business community, and we are delighted to celebrate employers that have gone above and beyond in supporting young people in Lincolnshire. We would like to thank all companies for taking the time and effort to make work experience inspiring, positive and real.”

LIVES were nominated by Banovallum School for providing an excellent programme of how to deal with medical incidents and really making students feel part of their team. Their CEO, Nikki Silver, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for an Investors in Education Award. We care deeply about supporting future generations and creating new young lifesavers across Lincolnshire. As such our responders work really closely with local schools throughout the year, so it’s fantastic that their hard work is recognised”

Each year hundreds of employers in Lincolnshire support The EBP’s Work Experience programme to help young people gain an insight into the working world. This year almost 4,500 14-19 year olds have benefitted from the programme.

If you would like to pledge a work experience placement for the 2016/17 academic year please contact ebpworkexperience@the-ebp.co.uk or call 01522 574100.

You can view a full gallery of photos from the event over on The EBP's Facebook page.

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