More than 50 Welsh companies have been recognised for helping school pupils across Wales prepare for their future careers.
Companies from across Wales attended the Careers Wales Valued Partner Awards ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, hosted by former BBC news anchor Sara Edwards.
The Careers Wales Valued Partner Awards recognise the important contribution made by businesses who support the workforce of tomorrow by signing up to Careers Wales facilitated initiatives such as the Careers Wales Education Business Exchange.
Careers Wales’ Business Engagement programme gives employers the chance to work with schools and develop curriculum enhancing programmes for pupils, such as mock interviews and CV writing sessions in schools throughout Wales.
Twenty-two companies picked up gold awards, nineteen companies won silver and thirteen companies took home a bronze award.
Anglesey-based Horizon Nuclear Power scooped gold following its work supporting secondary schools in north Wales. The energy company visits schools where it promotes and raises awareness of the opportunities available within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) field.
With the Welsh Government’s recent announcement that £5.7 million of funding will be used to encourage young people to take up STEM subjects, the industry is a key sector for Wales.
Claire Burgess, Education Programme Co-ordinator, said:
“Our work with schools across North-West Wales is extremely important to us in inspiring and engaging young people in the STEM subjects.
“We are also keen to support the development of employability skills such as teamwork and communication to help young people to be ready for the world of work.
“We were delighted to have our work recognised at the Valued Partners Awards, which also gave us a good opportunity to talk to other employers and share our experience and best practice. It also showed that we are part of a wider partnership of employers in Wales who share the aim of inspiring young people about their future careers.”
Since being launched in 2018, the Education Business Exchange, facilitated by Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisers, now has 13,000 companies on board which help hundreds of schools in Wales.
Nikki Lawrence, Careers Wales Chief Executive, said:
“This is the first time we have hosted an event for our Valued Partners and the reception has been amazing.
“Celebrating businesses who have gone above and beyond to help spread our message and provide young people with a platform of opportunity and guidance is essential to our work.
“We hosted this award ceremony to show our gratitude to our Valued Partners and to recognise that we value their support everyday – this is our way of saying thank you.
“We’re glad everyone enjoyed it and we hope all of the companies will continue their vital work with students.”
A full list of all winners can also be found on the website.