Hartsholme House, a not-for-profit care home in Lincoln run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), was presented with one of Lincolnshire & Rutland Education Business Partnership’s (EBP) ‘Investors In Education’ Awards at a special ceremony earlier this month.
Nominated by schools, young people and members of the EBP team, the awards acknowledge the dedication of employers in supporting the workforce of tomorrow and are presented to a select number of organisations across the region each year.
Hartsholme was recognised for delivering a work placement partnership programme with The Priory City School earlier this year, which saw a number of post 16 students take part in a work experience scheme at the home.
Designed to support the students’ Health & Social Care studies, the placements provided the opportunity to learn about elderly care, as well as allowing the students a chance to get involved with day-to-day activities and care practices around the home.
Cheryl Gilderdale, Manager of Hartsholme House, commented: “We’re delighted to have received such a prestigious accolade for our work placement scheme.
“Giving young people real-world experience and getting them involved in placement schemes is really important for everyone at Hartsholme and definitely something that we will look to continue in the future.
“With the average national age increasing every year, residential homes and elderly care schemes are becoming a key part of the community. Engaging with the carers of tomorrow and encouraging students to look into elderly care as a profession is absolutely essential.”
Claire Flavell, Operations Manager for Lincolnshire & Rutland EBP, said: “Hundreds of businesses throughout the region go above and beyond each year to provide high quality work placements and meaningful experiences for students throughout the county. Our Investors in Education Awards provide schools and colleges the opportunity to nominate and acknowledge those whose dedication and commitment to the future’s workforce has shined most during 2013.
“At EBP, we are devoted to creating the link between the worlds of business and education, and the support this year’s award recipients offered Lincolnshire and Rutland teenagers has been absolutely priceless in terms of helping us build that bridge.
“We, along with Lincolnshire and Rutland’s schools and teenagers, couldn’t be more grateful for the work and life experiences these businesses have provided to hundreds of young people across the region.”
For more information about OSJCT, please visit www.osjct.co.uk.