On Tuesday 8th November Branston received an Investors in Education Award from the Education Business Partnership (EBP) in recognition of their ongoing partnership with local schools. The company has been involved with the EBP for many years - providing work experience placements and supporting a number of social enterprise projects for the National Citizen Scheme – and has recently submitted a business challenge for the EBP’s latest exciting initiative – Project Lumen. Branston was one of many local businesses to receive the IIE award at a glittering event held at the Lincolnshire Showground’s Epic Centre.
Project Lumen is aimed at increasing the interaction between students from ‘hard to reach’ schools and local businesses. The students work on a challenge that is relevant to the business and are provided with support and mentoring throughout. The intention is that this will enhance their skills and employability in years to come.
Jackie Baker, communications manager at Branston said: “We’re delighted to have received the Investors in Education award. We always enjoy opportunities to work with students from local schools – not only does it give our people a chance to share their knowledge and experience, but we also get some very interesting input from the students. For the Lumen Challenge we’re asking students to come up with potential new products for our Prepared foods division. It should give them an opportunity to get creative and who knows, maybe we’ll end up putting their ideas into production!”