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A celebration of collaboration with South Devon employers

This morning we had the pleasure of holding our Work Placement Presentation and Networking Event at the Imperial Hotel, Torquay. The event was an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and commend South Devon employers who provide fantastic work opportunities for young people from across Europe.

Employers often go and above and beyond with our programme participants, providing excellent opportunities, while also giving support and guidance on their career enhancing journey in England.

Among those recognised at the event were Living Coasts, Big Wave Media, Exeter Crown and County Courts and Valeport, who were part of the 30+ employers in attendance. Special awards were presented to Chelston Hall Surgery, for support and promotion of European Student programmes and South Devon College, for outstanding support and long-standing collaboration. Every employer received a ‘Certificate of Excellence’, along with an opportunity to network and speech from MP for Torquay and Paignton, Kevin Foster.

The event was also an opportunity to announce our partnership with local charity BEEP (Business Empowering Employment Programme). Sandra Sampson, one of BEEP’s founding trustees, gave a talk raising awareness of the positive life-changing experiences BEEP provides for young people struggling to step on to the work ladder. In addition to our pledge of £650, the cost of one person’s place on the programme, a further £135 was raised from kind donations on the day.

Over the coming days, be sure to look out for coverage of the event across local media – you can keep up-to-date on our Twitter and Facebook pages. We look forward to continuing long-standing collaborations along with working with new employers in 2018…