A key factor in the success of local businesses is the attraction, development and retention of young people. The Melbourne Business Awards operates three programmes to assist in this regard:

  • Attraction - The Melbourne Business Awards Schools Programme aims to inspire future young employees by inviting local schools to send a teacher and up to four students to Melbourne Business Awards Breakfasts.
  • Development - The Melbourne Business Awards aims to encourage the development of young employees by recognising companies who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the training of young people.
  • Retention - The Melbourne Business Awards Young Achiever Award (see separate information sheet) aims to identify and promote young people who are making a significant contribution to the company where they are employed.


The Melbourne Business Awards Schools Programme is open to any secondary or tertiary level education organisation that  is based in the South East Region of Melbourne. Attendance is limited to two schools per breakfast.

Applications to attend a specific breakfast should be sent to


The Melbourne Business Awards Schools Program provides schools with the opportunity for one teacher and four students to be our guests at a Melbourne Business Awards Breakfast where they will meet and connect with businesses in their local area as well as hear from a range of speakers that will provide inspiration and insight into work-life and careers.


All schools who attend Melbourne Business Awards breakfasts are promoted on the Melbourne Business Awards website and via Melbourne Business Awards and partners communication channels.