Leading partnerships developer Lovell has been awarded ‘Gold’ in Careers Wales’ recent Valued Partner Awards for its successful work in helping students prepare for their future careers.
Recently held at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff, more than 50 companies from across Wales attended the Careers Wales Valued Partner Awards ceremony, which was hosted by BBC Radio Wales presenter Jason Mohammed.
Nicola Murray, from Bridgend, who accepted the award, works as a project skills coordinator for the South Wales and South West region of Lovell, working daily to ensure that young people across Wales are aware of the huge number of opportunities within the construction industry.
Careers Wales aims to make links between education and employers by bringing schools and businesses together to inform, inspire and motivate young people about their future career opportunities.
Careers Wales nominated Nicola for a team building task that she regularly carries out with local schools, where pupils take part in building a four-foot squared wooden house.
Nicola said: “I was so surprised when I found out that I had been nominated for the award. I also felt extremely humbled as I love the work that I do, so I was delighted to find out that it has such a positive effect on those I work with.
“I’d like to give my thanks to Yvonne Carroll and Victoria Burston-Yates who are two of the Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisers that I work in partnership with to identify the relevant schools that are most likely to benefit from our collaboration in the Newport area.
“For such a long time, the construction industry has been perceived in schools as just a building site and of course this isn’t the case, so it is very important that we work with schools to highlight the amount of opportunities in the industry for young men and women from a variety of backgrounds and academic levels.”
Nikki Lawrence, Chief Executive at Careers Wales, said: “The Valued Partner Award scheme is instrumental to the work Careers Wales does and we greatly appreciate the support we receive from each and every one of our Valued Partners.
“Ultimately, we’d like employers to feed into the national curriculum to ensure the skills students are developing will be useful to the evolving workplace.
“Without our Valued Partners, we wouldn’t be able to reach as many students at such a granular level and for that we are very grateful.”
This year, 17 companies picked up Gold Awards, 24 companies won Silver Awards and 14 companies took home a Bronze Award.
The South Wales and South West region of Lovell is currently building in Cardiff, Newport, Merthyr Vale, Ebbw Vale, Haverfordwest and Weston-super-Mare.