BUSINESSES are rallying to support the 2018 Worcestershire Education Awards.

For the second time, the Worcester News has teamed up with the University of Worcester to run the awards which celebrate the talent in our schools, nurseries, colleges and other groups.

Now, a host of local organisations have agreed to sponsor the awards to show their backing for those in education who dedicate their lives to inspiring and encouraging youngsters.

One of our newest backers, Worcester Bosch, is sponsoring the Community Involvement Award.

Carl Arntzen, chief executive officer (CEO) at Worcester Bosch, said: “I came to the awards ceremony last year and it was so inspirational we decided to get involved in 2018. As we are the biggest private employer in Worcester, it is the least we can do.

“They (teachers) do fabulous work so recognising and saying ‘thank you’ to them is very important, so we are delighted to be involved.”

The University of Worcester is sponsoring the Headteacher of the Year Award.

Professor David Green, vice chancellor and chief executive, said: “The University of Worcester was first founded just after World War Two. Our mission was to educate teachers to ‘win the peace through education’.

“Over these past 70 years we have educated tens of thousands of outstanding teachers who make a positive difference every school day to children’s lives and opportunities.

“We work with over 500 schools every year and are very happy to be working with the Worcester News to help give them the recognition they deserve.”

Also lending their support is Western Power Distribution, sponsoring the Unsung Hero Award, Babcock Prime, sponsoring the Newcomer of the Year Award, Worcestershire County Council, sponsoring the Teacher/Lecturer of the Year Award, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, sponsoring the College, or Post-18 Education & Training Provider of the Year Award and Worcester Sixth Form College, sponsoring the Primary School of the Year Award.

There are still categories available to sponsor.

Nominations are open until April 20. For more, visit worcesternews.co.uk/educationawards/nominate