special recognition for education work

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Jason Ball (front left) and other employer award winners

Education Business Partnership West Berkshire held their Employer Awards 2007 yesterday, and Sheepdrove won Special Recognition.

The Mayor of Newbury, Councillor Adrian Edwards presented the Special Recognition award to Jason Ball, who was highly praised by the county’s Education Business Partnership. Jason had created and managed a tailor-made work experience placement for 15 Trinity School students who carried out butterfly conservation work at the farm for a whole week of July. The EBP certificate cites ‘an outstanding contribution to education business links during 2007‘ by Sheepdrove Organic Farm.

Jason’s education business partnership special awardJason later stood alongside other representatives from businesses who won accolades, such as Vodafone and Barclays Bank, for the photographer from the Newbury Weekly News. Look out for the picture in this week’s paper.

The Employer Awards recognise the contributions of hundreds of West Berkshire organisations who host work experience for local students – a very significant step in their personal and career development. Across the UK, the EBP network collaborates with tens of thousands of enterprises to support education nationwide.

Mr Ball adds, “The partnership project between Sheepdrove, Trinity School and EBP West Berkshire would not have been possible without funds from the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With money from their Sustainable Development Fund, we were able to combine creative butterfly conservation, work experience and a chance raise the awareness of these students about the North Wessex Downs AONB.”

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