‘Amazing’ people are recognised at awards ceremony

Apprentice Sophie Mackay and Jacob Firth, who became an apprentice after a work experience  placement at Mercury HR
Apprentice Sophie Mackay and Jacob Firth, who became an apprentice after a work experience placement at Mercury HR
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PEOPLE who help youngsters start out in the world of work have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

It is the fifth year that the Amazing People Awards event has taken place.

Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership based at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, prepares young people for the world of work through offering careers advice, work experience placements, and arranging events and challenges between schools and local businesses.

The awards are a celebration of the time and commitment businesses, schools and colleges invest in developing innovative programmes that support young people’s preparation for adult life and work.

Organiser Suzanne Lewis said: ‘This is our chance to thank the people we work with throughout the year.

‘They give their time, expertise and support to local young people which helps prepare them for working life.’

Havant property and facilities management specialists Fasset won medium-sized business on the night.

Angela Mays, human resources manager, said: ‘This award has emphasised the impact our work has and reinforces future support needed from management and employees as we continue our work together.’

Portsmouth company Mercury HR won this year’s awards for Amazing People involved in hosting or participating in work experience.

Scott Sutton, client development consultant, said: ‘Students can feel very nervous towards the start of their two weeks but by the time they reach the end of their time with Mercury we see them come out of their shells, and begin to enjoy working with us.’

Vivienne Hines, human resources manager for education at BAE Systems Maritime Services which sponsored the awards, said: ‘I had a very enjoyable and inspiring evening and it was great to meet such a variety of interesting and committed people.

‘I’m looking forward to another year of contributing to the education programme in Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire.’