Firms that support young people are praised by council

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THREE businesses have won an award for investing in young people.

Infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty, highways company Amey and assistive technology firm Microlink PC have all been presented with a Hampshire Investor in Young People Award.

The award is given to companies in recognition for their commitment to training young people and developing their skills in the
 workplace.

Hampshire County Council’s Councillor Peter Edgar emphasised the importance of businesses training up the future workforce.

He said: ‘Our careers and employability service aims to inspire ambition in young people beginning their career journey, and to foster beneficial relationships with schools, colleges and local businesses to help young people develop the skills they need for the workplace.

‘We want to give local employers access to a committed and enthusiastic workforce with the right skills that will help their businesses to grow.’

He added: ‘Employers play a vital role in this, and I am delighted that we have been able to recognise these three employers in Hampshire who have invested their experience, time and money to give young trainees and apprentices an opportunity to be inspired and take their rightful place as a member of 
this county’s future workforce.’

Eastleigh-based Microlink PC was presented with a silver award for its commitment to encouraging work experience placements and offering apprenticeships, support and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Balfour Beatty, which operates across the county, received a gold award for its programme of apprenticeships and graduate opportunities.

Amey also received a gold award for its programme inspiring young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Amey apprentices are offered the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Amey also works with schools, further education providers and with young offenders.