Suffolk: Education Business Partnership celebrates 20th anniversary

SUFFOLK Education Business Partnership (EBP) is today celebrating 20 years of bringing employers, teachers and the community together to help young people learn about the world of work.

The small independent educational charity, which recently moved to a new base at the Castle Hill Community Centre in Ipswich, has built up considerable expertise over the past two decades, developing long-lasting links with schools, employers and training providers.

Its success will be celebrated at a reception being held this evening at Kesgrave Community Centre, which will also see the presentation of EBP Link Up Awards in recognition for support for young people through schemes including employer placements, apprenticeships, mentoring and school work clubs.

The evening will also celebrate the achievements of young people who are central to the EBP’s work, with tainee caterers from Suffolk New College’s Shelley’s Restaurant making and serving non-alcoholic cocktails and canap�s while young people from Suffolk schools and youth groups will help to showcase the EBP’s many successful programmes and projects.

Adrian Williams, chairman of the EBP, said: “Young people are at the heart of the EBP’s work and I am delighted that we can involve them in helping us to celebrate 20 years and looking ahead to a bright future.

“We want to acknowledge many of the people who have contributed hugely to the success of the EBP over the years and this is an opportunity to thank everyone who has given their time, often voluntarily, to support young people.”

EBP chief Executive Helen Scott-Davies added: “Over the years we have seen government policy change and grant funding come and go. Life at the EBP is never routine, but we’re still here with exciting plans for the future.

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“At our heart is the belief that young people need to be well prepared for employment and to understand the wide range of opportunities that are available to them.

“We have worked with schools and colleges across Suffolk and our strong links with business and the community have helped young people of all ages to benefit from learning about the real world of work.”