THE CLOSE working relationship between Montrose schools and business was recognised on Tuesday with a major award from Angus Council.
Around 200 guests gathered at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel for the announcement of the education service’s Partnership Excellence Award, which acknowledges excellence in partnerships between Angus schools and employers.
All the Montrose schools, Montrose Tennis Club and Guthrie Brothers won the cluster award for employers and organisations who work with schools across a particular area.
The accolade recognises partnerships between education and the business community to make a significant impact on young people’s learning experiences and has made a lasting contribution to the life of the school and the business/organisations.
The individual school award went to Glamis Primary, Agrico UK Ltd and the Scottish Food & Drink Federation and each winner received a commemorative trophy from education convener Councillor Sheena Welsh.
Mrs Welsh said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in these projects – they are excellent examples of partnerships in practice and demonstrate a clear commitment, are sustainable and have led to real tangible benefits for all parties involved.
“Bringing life to learning and learning to life is important for all our young people – helping to bring context and relevance to their learning, whilst at the same time developing within them the skills, attitudes, knowledge and values required for success in the modern business world.
“Its success relies on the wholehearted support of the business community – something that businesses from in and around Angus continue to embrace.
“Partnerships between employers, the wider community and schools are helping to improve enterprise, employability and entrepreneurial skills amongst young people in Angus to help them prepare for a successful life beyond school whilst enabling organisations to invest in the future of their business and cultivate an enterprising ethos in the county of Angus.”
A further 120 businesses were also recognised with a Partners in Learning Award and were presented with a framed certificate by education director Neil Logue.
All organisations were nominated by Angus schools in appreciation of the support and assistance received during the last school year to enhance the learning and teaching opportunities within their school.
Big or small, any organisation from the private, public or voluntary sectors can make a difference by contributing in a variety of ways, as well as generating a number of business benefits for their own organisation too.
Any businesses or organisations interested in working in partnership with education to promote and support enterprise in Angus should can obtain further information from Lesley Watson, business liaison officer, on 01307 473632.