Awards honour firms working with young people

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BUSINESSES, organisations and individuals have been honoured at this year’s Amazing People awards.

They are organised by the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership, and held annually to recognise those who work hard to offer young people opportunities in the region.

And one of the individuals who was honoured at last night’s ceremony at the Solent Hotel and Spa in Whiteley, was 14-year-old Sam Palmer.

He won the Ultimate Work Experience Student for his work with the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust.

Sam, who was not coping well with school, took on the placement as part of a programme designed to help him focus on his future.

He has worked closely with Peter Lambert, the trust’s building surveyor, and members of the trust’s Conservation Team to help restore and preserve the buildings and small boats within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Mr Lambert said: ‘Sam has embodied all that we at the property trust hope to achieve on these placements.’

Lucinda Driscoll, education mentor at Targeted Mentoring Support Services, praised Sam’s attitude to his placement and maturity.

She said: ‘Sam has gained a lot of self-confidence through working at PNBPT, also giving him a focus on his career choice, which has encouraged him to work towards gaining all the qualifications he needs to achieve his career goal.

‘I am very proud of Sam and how hard he has worked.’

James Shannon, EBP project co-ordinator, added: ‘We are always grateful to employers who are willing to give an opportunity to a young person, particularly when it can make such a positive difference to their future.

‘Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, together with so many other employers across our area, give a huge amount of time and effort to our local young people.

‘It is great to see their efforts rewarded in this way.’