In an event on Thursday 3rd December, Microlink was amongst the companies honoured with an award for their work investing in Young People.

Microlink’s Managing Director Mr Vee Ganjavian and Mrs Suzette Smith, our Chief of Staff, represented the company in the ceremony and picked up the Award.

Microlink has a long standing history of running an apprenticeship and work-experience program for young people and was delighted to receive the recognition by the Council.

HIYP Awards 2015

Below, the full press release by Hampshire County Council:

Local businesses have been recognised for their commitment to training young people and developing their skills in the workplace.

At a Hampshire County Council presentation, Councillor Peter Edgar, the Council’s Executive Member for Education presented Balfour Beatty, Amey and Microlink PC with the Hampshire Investor in Young People Award.

Speaking at the presentation, Councillor Edgar said: “Our Careers and Employability Service aims to inspire ambition in young people beginning their career journey, and to foster beneficial relationships with schools, colleges and local businesses to help young people develop the skills they need for the workplace.

“We want to give local employers access to a committed and enthusiastic workforce with the right skills that will help their businesses to grow. Employers play a vital role in this, and I am delighted that we have been able to recognise these three employers in Hampshire who have invested their experience, time and money to give young trainees and apprentices an opportunity to be inspired and take their rightful place as a member of this county’s future workforce.”

The Hampshire Investors in Young People Award recognises employers that show commitment to investing in young people’s employability and career development. This could involve businesses developing close links with their local schools, offering work experience opportunities, traineeships and apprenticeships, as well as offering corporate sponsorship of careers events and supporting the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Microlink PC was presented with the Silver Award, for its commitment to encouraging work experience placements and offering a number of apprenticeships, and support and opportunities particularly for people with disabilities.

Balfour Beatty received the Gold Award. Its initiatives include a rolling programme of apprenticeships and graduate opportunities, special schemes offering employment opportunities for vulnerable young adults, and for disadvantaged adults, and work experience opportunities.

Amey also received a Gold Award. As well as offering traineeships and work experience, the organisation has an extensive Graduate Management Development strategy, and a special programme aiming to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). All Amey apprentices are offered the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Amey also works with schools, further education providers and with young offenders.

Microlink's Investors in Young People Award