THE businesses that do the most to help young people in the Portsmouth area have been handed awards for their work.
More than 140 people went to the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership’s Amazing People Awards, held at the Marriott hotel in North Harbour.
It was the biggest turnout yet for the EBP awards, which are held annually.
Carol Webb, who was one of those who organised the event, said: ‘The Amazing People Awards is our opportunity to say an enormous thank you to all the businesses and individuals who support young people across south east Hampshire, helping them to become more work-ready and raise their aspirations.
‘More than 14,000 young people were reached by EBP in 2012/2013 and this simply would not be possible without the time, energy and resources shared by businesses in the area.
‘We would also like to thank the sponsors of the evening, IBM, Fasset, HSBC, 1000 Lakeside, Portsmouth College, University of Portsmouth Business School, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and the Portsmouth Marriott hotel which also provided a wonderful venue.’
The EBP says its purpose is to help prepare young people for their future careers either by bringing business people into the classroom, or by finding work experience opportunities.
The organisation’s chief executive, Cath Longhurst, welcoming the businesses to the event, said: ‘The contribution that everyone makes to the work we are doing is invaluable.’
Steve Frampton, principal of category sponsor Portsmouth College, said: ‘This event was exceptional.
‘It’s vital that we celebrate the partnership between education and the business world, facilitated by the EBP, and we’re delighted to be able to recognise and thank businesses for their contribution, commitment and enthusiasm.’
Rob May, of category sponsor HSBC, added: ‘The event has been very well supported, which is a credit to EBP, and the awards were spread among some well-deserving people.
‘It has been an excellent event.’
· Amazing People in a sustainable business partnership with a school or college: Carolyn Sweeney, Creations
· Amazing People involved in hosting or participating in work experience: Andrew Cordery, The Rowans Hospice
· Amazing People who promote enterprise: David Macaskill, The Harbour School
· Amazing People who promote employability: Keith Leaning, Quartermasters Kitchen
· Amazing People involved in STEM: Eileen Clegg, Discover @ Fort Nelson
· Amazing Small Business – outstanding contribution to EBPs: Adele Theobald, Mercury HR
· Amazing Medium Business – outstanding contribution to EBPs: Bob Hiskey, PETA Ltd
· Amazing Large Business – outstanding contribution to EBPs: Cathy Keane, BAE Systems
· Amazing People offering apprenticeships: David Cooper, the Kings Theatre
· Ultimate Challenge Winners: Havant Academy
· Ultimate Work Experience Student: Adam Purse, Lord Wilson School
· Long-standing Commitment to Education Business Partnerships: Pauline French, Pfizer