Honoured for helping nurture future workers

Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership's (EBP) Investor in Education Awards evening, held at Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Lincolnshire. Elaine Lilley, chief executive of Lincolnshire and Rutland EBP, presents an IIE award to Barclays Bank PLC.

Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership's (EBP) Investor in Education Awards evening, held at Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Lincolnshire. Elaine Lilley, chief executive of Lincolnshire and Rutland EBP, presents an IIE award to Barclays Bank PLC.

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Two Sleaford businesses have been honoured at an awards ceremony dedicated to the steps being taken by firms to develop the future workforce.

The Sleaford branch of Barclays Bank, in Market Place, and Clover Dental Care, in Grantham Road, were among the employers recognised at the Investors in Education Awards, held recently at The Belton Woods Hotel.

Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership's (EBP) Investor in Education Awards evening, held at Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Lincolnshire. Elaine Lilley, chief executive of Lincolnshire and Rutland EBP, presents an IIE award to Clover Dental Care.

Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership's (EBP) Investor in Education Awards evening, held at Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Lincolnshire. Elaine Lilley, chief executive of Lincolnshire and Rutland EBP, presents an IIE award to Clover Dental Care.

The event, organised by the EBP (Education Business Partnership), aims to highlight the contribution of local businesses to enrichment programmes for young people.

Nominations come from schools and colleges based on more than 14,000 employers in Lincolnshire and Rutland that support the EBP’s Access Employability scheme. This is designed to help young people gain work skills, and includes work experience placements.

Last Thursday, it saw Barclays Sleaford branch and Clover Dental Care receive Investors in Education awards.

The pair were nominated by Kesteven and Sleaford High School – the former for running programmes at the school, the latter, by a pupil who approached the practice about work experience.

Branch manager at Barclays in Sleaford, Liz Sims, said they were delighted with the nomination, adding: “Barclays encourages all its staff to take part, get involved and make a real and lasting difference to the local community.”

A spokesman for Clover Dental Care said: “It was wonderful to receive an award from Investors in Education, just for taking time with the student and allowing her to observe the procedures within the dental practice and providing her with information about the dental sector.”