Talent United signs up 50th employer in four months

Naylor Industries PLC is the 50th business to sign up to Barnsley College’s employer engagement initiative, Talent United. Launched in September 2015, the college is delighted with the level of interest employers from across the region have shown in Talent United.

Naylor Industries PLC is a long established and leading British manufacturer of building and construction products based in Barnsley. They now join a growing list of Talent United employers across a range of industries and sectors, including SMEs and national companies, such as MKB Solicitors, Barnsley Football Club, Social Media Solutions Ltd, Enterprise Nation and Propolis Professional Services.

Helen Waller, Group HR and Payroll Manager at Naylor Industries PLC, said “Naylor are already committed to engaging with young people from our communities in order to develop work readiness skills in the future generation’s workforce. Talent United gives us the opportunity to work with Barnsley College to sculpt a generation of work ready young people and inspire the future workforce to work in industry.”

Talent United brings together the leaders of today with the talent of tomorrow. The initiative invites employers to support students by providing work based opportunities such as work placements, workplace tours, live projects, workshops, mentoring and guest speaking events. Barnsley College currently works with over 2,000 employers across the region and Talent United will further enhance these relationships through collaborative partnerships.

Talent United is very flexible. Employers wishing to offer support can give as much or as little time as they can spare. Even if a business can only dedicate half a day per year, this input can still benefit a young person, as well as the business.

The initiative will give businesses recognition for their input in helping to shape the employees of the future by working collaboratively with the college. In return, they will receive a host of added benefits such as discounts on training and services, invitations to attend employer forums and drive changes within the curriculum. It will also arrange exclusive networking opportunities so getting involved is a real two-way relationship.

Christopher Webb, Chief Executive and Principal of Barnsley College, said: “The interest from local businesses in the Talent United initiative has been fantastic and it has exceeded expectations. Developing relationships with local businesses, like Naylor Industries PLC, demonstrates their enthusiasm to support the College, our students and build the local economy.”

To find out more about Talent United or to join the initiative contact Barnsley College by calling +44 (0)1226 216 166 or emailing TalentUnited@barnsley.ac.uk.

Last updated: 13th January 2016

Originally posted on: 13th January 2016