A FLINTSHIRE-based company was one of the winners of the Careers Wales Valued Partner Awards 2023.

Careers Wales announced eight winners at an awards ceremony in Cardiff last month. Airbus, based in Broughton won the Outstanding Personal Contribution award.

The award recognised the company's education liaison officer, Colette Affaya, for her dedication to promoting STEM careers and making impactful contributions to numerous initiatives.

Colette said: "I started this role at Airbus only a little over a year ago so to get this nomination and award feels amazing. I love doing this job, I love going out to schools and inspiring young people about new careers.

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"My mind is always going with ideas, and I can't stop thinking about new educational activities to introduce in the future."

The winners of each category were announced live by event host, Sian Lloyd, at the Pierhead building on the Senedd estate in Cardiff.

Coinciding with Careers Wales' 10-year anniversary as an all-Wales company, the awards were sponsored by Minister for the Economy, Vaughan Gething.

These highly anticipated awards are a chance for Careers Wales to recognise employers who have delivered impactful and engaging careers experiences to pupils in Wales over the last 12 months.

Careers Wales Valued Partner Awards winners for 2023.

Careers Wales Valued Partner Awards winners for 2023.

To celebrate the organisation's anniversary, this year featured an additional award to recognise the outstanding achievement of employers who have supported schools over the past decade.

Through working closely with schools, these organisations support young people to make links between what they learn in school and the world of work and to understand the opportunities that are available to them.

Mr Gething said: "Huge congratulations to all the winners for the Valued Partner Awards - and also to all those who made it to the shortlist.

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"The Welsh Government is committed to investing in our future generations and providing young people with the tools they need to build successful future careers.

"Thank you to the employers who have been part of the Valued Partner Awards this year for providing young people with the opportunity interact with them, allowing them to broaden their horizons and discover where their interests lie. It will help ensure they can be at the forefront of helping our Welsh businesses to innovate and grow."

Nikki Lawrence, chief executive at Careers Wales, added: "It is with immense pride that we announce the winners of the Valued Partner Awards this year.

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"We had a very high calibre of nominations, and it has been such a pleasure to highlight the invaluable impact made when employers and schools come together in partnership.

"The awards enable us to thank businesses for inspiring, motivating and empowering pupils with work-related knowledge and experiences that will help guide them to shape their futures.

"On behalf of myself and everyone at Careers Wales, congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to continuing our vital work with them."