Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has a won a top national award for its work with young people.
The company’s training and development arm Training at Naver took the business partnership award at the 2008 finals of Careers Scotland’s national excellence awards in Glasgow.
Almost 600 young people across the north Highlands have benefited from a tie-up between the site’s training and development team, Careers Scotland and local schools.
Lou McLean and Mandy Swan worked with pupils on a self-development programme known as i-HERO.
The programme improves the confidence, motivation and decision-making of young people towards work and career issues they will face.
Presenting the award, Scottish schools minister Maureen Watt congratulated Lou and Mandy for their outstanding contribution.
The Minister added: "Ensuring people get the right careers advice is now more important than ever, given the current economic situation".
Danny Logue, director of operations at Skills Development Scotland, said the partnership project “made a very real and lasting difference”.
He added: "The winners have all impressed in so many ways. They are an inspiration to us all and I\’m sure that their stories will encourage others to discover the many different ways that we can work with them to build a better, more successful future.”
Anthony Standing, the local Careers Scotland Manager, said: “For DSRL to win this national award brings great honour for Caithness and people should be proud of the achievement. Lou and Mandy made a real difference in helping us deliver the ground-breaking pilot programme that is i-HERO.”
Dounreay was short-listed for the business partnership award – one of five up for grabs at the finals – along with Babcock Marine and E.ON Climate and Renewables.
Simon Middlemas, managing director of DSRL, said: “Our support for this partnership reflects our commitment to help young people prosper in this area when Dounreay has disappeared. I am very proud of what Lou and Mandy have achieved.”
Lou collected the award on behalf of DSRL together with Jillian Bundy, Training Manager. Mandy was unable to attend the awards ceremony.
“We’re both really passionate about our work, so it is a great feeling to see it recognised nationally,” said Mandy.
Lou added: “We normally work with people in jobs at Dounreay, helping them to think positively about their own career potential, so the opportunity to work with young people who are not yet on the career ladder was a new challenge for us. It was one that filled us with enthusiasm to make a real and lasting difference to their future prospects.”
The winners in the five categories were:
- Business Partnership Excellence Award – DSRL Training and Development department’s Training at Naver
- Career Education Excellence Award – Kando Sports, Glasgow
- Community Partnership Excellence Award – 3TFM, Saltcoats, North Ayrshire
- Over 20 Excellence Award – Alex Wilson, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
- Under 20 Excellence Award – Chloe Morrison, Glasgow