Students at eight borough schools and a range of local employers have been honoured in the Wandsworth BEST work experience awards.

BEST (Business and Education Succeeding Together) works with about 700 employers to give Wandsworth’s young people access to 1200 work experience placements. The awards celebrate the most motivated students and committed employers.

Former Masterchef finalist Daksha Mistry and JJ Goodman, owner of the London Cocktail Club, worked with boys from Ernest Bevin College to produce food and mocktails for the awards. Graveney School’s jazz quartet and rock band, Attic, provided the entertainment.

The event was attended by employers and students from Ernest Bevin College, Graveney Academy, Burntwood Academy, Chestnut Grove Academy, Nightingale School, Saint Cecilia’s, Thames Christian College and St Francis Xavier 6th Form College.

A number of employers were presented with awards, with special recognition given to Tideway Central and Randall Close Day Centre.

Ricardo Ferreras, Project Director at Tideway Central, talked about Tideway’s work supporting developments in Nine Elms and Daksha Mistry spoke about careers in the hospitality industry and her work with Wandsworth schools through the Pan Out project.

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“Celebrating the involvement of employers in the education of young people in Wandsworth is vital. And giving our young people the chance to cater for this event was the icing on the cake for everyone attending!”
Santino Fragola, Head of Lifelong Learning, Wandsworth Council

The schools involved were:

Ernest Bevin College
Graveney Academy
Burntwood Academy
Chestnut Grove Academy
Nightingale School
Saint Cecilia’s
Thames Christian College
St Francis Xavier 6th Form College