Chartered accountants, business advisers and financial planners Lovewell Blake have become only the third organisation in Norfolk – and the first private sector business – to be awarded the Investment in Young People (IIYP) accreditation.
The award recognises the firm’s widespread mentoring work in schools, as well as its commitment to providing apprenticeships across its ten offices in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Lovewell Blake is closely involved with many high schools across the region, and its staff will attend 30 separate enterprise days, careers evenings, mock interview sessions, CV writing workshops and mentoring events in the first six months of this year alone.
In addition, the firm has been involved in apprenticeships for several years, with 13 apprentices joining the scheme in 2015.
The award was presented by Norfolk Chamber president Jonathan Cage at a ceremony at Lovewell Blake’s Norwich offices, attended by some of the current crop of apprentices.
Lovewell Blake HR adviser Vicky Webber said, “We are very committed to developing young people, both within the firm, but also in our local schools.
“It is really important for businesses like Lovewell Blake to get involved in helping young people understand the world of work, know the opportunities available, and raise their aspirations. That is vital not just for employers like us who need the next generation of employees to be motivated and bright, but also for the wider economy and for society as a whole.”
Caroline Williams, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber, commented, “Businesses can do a lot to inspire young people, and it is important that those who make the effort to do so are recognised by young people as great employers.
“Lovewell Blake has shown that they excel in what they do, going over and above what you might expect an employer to do to engage with young people and help them understand the world of work, and what opportunities exist in it.
“It is so important that employers inspire our young people to see why qualifications are important, and to motivate them to raise their aspirations – and this is what Lovewell Blake does with such passion and enthusiasm.”
The Investment in Young People scheme aims to recognise and celebrate the important work done by employers to help young people gain employability skills and prepare them for future employment.Schools and colleges Lovewell Blake is working with in 2016
Pictured above holding the Investors in Young People certificate are Lovewell Blake apprentices Megan Gowen (left) and Bethany Rogers, watched by (from left) Norfolk Chamber president Jonathan Cage; Norfolk Chamber chief executive Caroline Williams; Lovewell Blake HR adviser Vicky Webber; Lovewell Blake partner Mark Proctor; Lovewell Blake apprentice Lewis Perretta
- Attleborough High School
- East Norfolk Sixth Form
- Flegg High School
- Great Yarmouth College
- Lowestoft College
- Lowestoft Sixth Form
- Neatherd High School
- North Walsham High School
- Norwich School
- Old Buckenham High School
- Open Academy
- Ormiston Denes Academy
- Ormiston Venture Academy
- Ormiston Victory Academy
- Sir John Leman High School
- Sprowston High and Sixth Form
- Wymondham College
- Wymondham High School