Workplace Awards Winners

Left to right: Wimborne Rotary President Elect Derek Radley, QE’s School Assistant Headteacher Sally Dean, with winning students Olivia Watts, Jade Lockwood, Luke Woodison and Jamie Seymour

In a joint initiative with Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne, the town’s Rotary Club and its business partners have launched a workplace awards scheme. Under the scheme four young people aged 16-17 who are in their A-level year are being given a week’s practical work experience this summer through placements with a selection of the business partners.

The four students, selected after interviews from six finalists are, Jamie Seymour and Olivia Watts from Verwood, Jade Lockwood from Wimborne and Luke Woodison from Blandford.

As well as work experience, the business partners will provide mentoring in areas such as human resources, marketing, finance and broader work ethics. Wimborne Rotary is supplying a generous bursary fund totalling £400 to cover the winners’ expenses.

Wimborne Rotary’s business partners officer John Gully said, “Our new workplace awards provide a practical opportunity for young people to gain from experience in the workplace as they plan their future careers.”

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