A key factor in the success of local businesses is the attraction, development and retention of young people. The Melbourne Business Awards operated three programmes to assist in this regard:
The Melbourne Business Awards Schools Programme was open to any secondary or tertiary level education organisation that was based in the South East Region of Melbourne. Attendance was limited to two schools per breakfast.
The Melbourne Business Awards Schools Program provided schools with the opportunity for one teacher and four students to be their guests at a Melbourne Business Awards Breakfast where they met and connected with businesses in their local area as well as hearing from a range of speakers that provided inspiration and insight into work-life and careers.