Glowing achievement for Gloucestershire's business people of the future
Some of Gloucestershire’s most talented young business people have been recognised for their contribution to the local job market.
The inaugural Grow Gloucestershire Showcase Awards was held in the Gold Cup Suite at Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday and championed the county’s innovative 14 to 24-year-olds.
Companies were asked to nominate those exceptional talents who fit the bill – through everything from launching their own company to undertaking an apprenticeship with aplomb.
Businesses which have gone the extra mile to develop young people were also recognised at the ceremony, which attracted more than 200 people from the county’s business community.
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Gloucestershire County Council leader Mark Hawthorne said: “In this county we recognise the responsibility we have to help young people into the workplace and to make sure they can find the right skills to succeed.
“But we can’t just stop there. Young people need to be at the very centre of the county’s growth plan, so that we keep the talent we have in Gloucestershire, here in Gloucestershire.
“These awards are a showcase of what young people can achieve, and what local businesses can achieve with young people at the heart of the workplace.”
Sarah Wallace, who is employed as an apprentice at Compass Holidays based in Cheltenham, picked up the award for outstanding contribution to business growth.
The 20-year-old said: “I’m not that academic and so going down the apprenticeship route rather than going to university seemed to fit for me.
“It’s great to be recognised. A couple of my friends have been trying to get apprenticeships, so there is the demand for it.”
The winner of the outstanding small business contribution to YES, Expectations! Recruitment Services, has taken on two apprentices in recent years.
Abi Howell, manager of the company’s Cheltenham branch said: “I believe the best way to take our business forwards is to grow our own talent. In a small business like ours you need somebody with ambition and passion – somebody who wants to learn.
“There’s a certain Expectations! character and you can’t just find it anywhere. We’re very, very fortunate that we’ve a thriving business community in Gloucestershire. If people can look outside the box a little bit the talent is definitely out there.”
Gloucestershire Media’s Ian Mean was awarded for his outstanding contribution to the county's Youth, Employment and Skills campaign.
He added: “Young people have an opportunity in this county to get great mentoring and to be encouraged by some great businesses, big and small.”