Barnsley College launched its new employer ambassador initiative, Talent United, with Patrons and members of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce in the Open Kitchen at Barnsley College on Friday 18 September 2015.

Talent United aims to bring together the leaders of today with the talent of tomorrow. Barnsley College is inviting employers to join the initiative to help shape the future workforce and ensure that young people continue to leave education ready for the workplace.

Barnsley College currently works with over 700 employers and Talent United will further enhance these relationships through collaborative partnerships. Employers are invited to share their experience, expertise and knowledge with the college’s young people and have a positive influence on the workforce of tomorrow.

Through industry based forums employers will be able to drive our curriculum so future learning reflects current industry practice. By inviting young people in to the workplace via work placements or work experience, employers can nurture and hand pick emerging talent therefore eliminating advertising and recruitment costs.

The Talent United initiative provides a two-way relationship so employers receive a host of added value benefits. These benefits include increased promotion, advertising and PR opportunities, invitation to exclusive networking events, award nominations and discounts on training services.

Chris Webb, Principal of Barnsley College, said: “Talent United aims to make a difference and create opportunities which will influence the workforce of tomorrow. We would like businesses to become involved and share expertise and knowledge with our students.”

Further launches are planned for all employers on 10 November 2015 and for the Federation of Small Businesses on 17 November 2015.

All businesses, regardless of size or location, are invited to join the Talent United initiative. Call +44 (0)1226 216 166 or email talentunited@barnsley.ac.uk for further details.

Last updated: 15th October 2015

Originally posted on: 15th October 2015