Doing it for the kids going above the call of duty
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A LOCAL careers group wants the Highland Heroes awards to provide a champion for young people across the region.
Now in their third year, the awards will recognise people who go above and beyond the call of duty to help others and make our communities better places to live, work and play.
Readers of five weekly SPP Media newspapers across the north are being invited to nominate their local heroes across 14 categories.
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Inverness and Central Highland is sponsoring the secondary pupil of the year category for the third successive year.
Eilidh Edgar, operations manager at DYW Inverness and Central Highland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the awards for a third successive year. There are so many talented and dedicated young people doing fantastic work across the Highlands that often goes unnoticed, so we are very happy to help give them the recognition they deserve in any way we can.
“Since we launched DYW three years ago we have been working with thousands of young people across the Highlands to equip them with the skills and self-belief needed to fulfil their potential.
“We are so lucky to work with the number of incredible young people in the area and we strongly believe the Highland Heroes awards will allow us to highlight their achievements and give them the recognition they deserve as well as the confidence to build on what they are doing.
“We are sure that whichever pupil wins this award they will act as a great champion for the local area and help us shout from the rooftops to their peers, employers and everyone else that there are so many outstanding pupils in the Highlands that we can all be proud of.”
Working with schools, partner agencies, employers, parents and young people, DYW aims to bridge the gap between learning and working and allow each respective group to engage with one another, fostering a culture of collaboration and opportunity.
Primary pupils are also eligible for an award in the primary pupil of the year category.
Sponsoring the primary pupil of the year award is Inverness-based music and events promoter LCC Live.
LCC Live director Les Kidger said: “As a promoter and a concert and event company, the youth of tomorrow are our customers of the future. We feel it’s very important to reach out to the younger generation and interact with them because in five, 10, 15 years’ time they are hopefully going to come to one of our events.”