RiverOak Strategic Partners has been named Commercial Partner of the Year at the 2023 Business and Community Impact awards held by Canterbury Christ Church University earlier this week.
Over the past five years, as part of its Manston Skills and Employment Board (MSE-B) initiative with local schools, colleges, universities, business organisations and local authorities, RSP has partnered with the university to support the development of young people.
The partnership includes lectures, student mentoring, and visits – offering business students industry experience and learning as part of their studies.
Tony Freudmann, director of RSP, said: “At a time when youth unemployment in East Kent remains worryingly high, we see it as our responsibility to play our part, together with likeminded organisations like Canterbury Christ Church University and others, to give young people the best possible opportunities and experiences as part of their studies.
“ I would like to thank the university for this recognition of the tireless efforts of Dr Sally Dixon and airport operations manager Gary Blake, who give so much of their time to these projects and initiatives.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the other shortlisted nominees for their valuable work to support our next generation too.”
The awards were designed by engineering students at CCCU.