A social enterprise helping young people secure jobs in manufacturing is also making a positive impact on the environment.

The Young Engineers Academy was launched in October last year as a not-for-profit business to support local long-term unemployed, disadvantaged and disabled people get the skills needed to get jobs in engineering and manufacturing.

Ahmed Khan, MD, and Paul Scott, executive officer, described the award as recognition of what they’d achieved so far.

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Mr Khan said: “It’s fantastic, especially for the people who we’ve been able to help.

“We focused the business on helping people who have been out of work for six months, many disenfranchised and feeling like they’ve nothing to look forward to. I wonder why they are out of a job, because we see potential.

“This award feels like recognition we’re doing a good job.”

So far this year, the academy, based at Turnbridge, has provided more than 125 people with a minimum four weeks work experience. During the past 12 months, the academy has recycled more than 100 tonnes of uPVC by diverting it from landfill.

Also nominated in the category, sponsored by Sandal BMW & MINI, were Energia-UK Ltd and ACC Flooring Ltd