Director appointed as Chair of local advisory board

Printoff Graphic Arts Managing Director appointed as Chair of local advisory board of Career Academies UK

Reinforcing our commitment to bringing the next generation of talented workforce to Printoff Graphic Arts, Managing Director Jane Cleaver has been appointed as Chair of the Local Advisory Board of Career Academies UK, based at Nelson and Colne College. Printoff being an employer of several young people via the National Apprenticeship Scheme, Jane is keen to support and advise this national initiative which helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.

Career Academies UK provides businesses with direct access to a talent pool, working with more than 4,000 volunteers from over 1,400 employers from both public and private sectors including major multi-nationals and almost a third of the FTSE 100 companies. In operation for over 10 years they provide a structured programme of paid Internship, mentoring by employer volunteers (partners in business), motivational lectures and workshops to give 16-19 year olds the work experience and skills they need to be able to perform more effectively in the wider world.

Over 85% of Career Academy graduates progress either to university or directly into employment or work based learning such as apprenticeships or school leaver programmes.

Ian Nichol, Lead Manager Northern Region Career Academies UK comments: “Jane Cleaver has brought a very professional and business-like approach to the role of Local Advisory Board Chair at Nelson and Colne College’s new Finance Career Academy Centre. Her enthusiasm to improve the life chances of students on the career academy programme will ensure that, with the support of other local employers, the students are able to make informed choices about their future careers.

Jane also says: “I hope my appointment will help me to influence local young people’s learning and encourage other businesses in the area to support this excellent scheme.”

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