Local Charity Welcomes New Patron

20 Aug 2018

Published in: Member News

Ninder Diane Coventry-based EmployabilityUK, a charity which works to enhance the aspirations, opportunities and career prospects of enthusiastic and committed young people, has welcomed Ninder Johal to its Board of Directors.

Working with schools, colleges and youth organisations across the UK, EmployabilityUK is changing the way people think about preparing youngsters for their future in an increasingly competitive and changing world.

Skilled in negotiation, business planning, coaching, sales, and customer relationship management, Ninder is a strong business development professional with an MBA in Finance and a history of working within the public relations and communications sector. Passionate about business, careers for youth and entrepreneurship, Ninder has developed three awards schemes which have proven huge successes, each of which has attracted over 500 attendees.

"I'm extremely impressed at the way EmployabilityUK is using innovative methods to address important business and education needs. 80% of small and medium sized business leaders say that children leaving school are not work ready and so I am delighted to be supporting EmployabilityUK as it leads the way in making important changes to perceptions and attitudes." Ninder explained.

A past president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, and current Board Member of the Black Country LEP, Ninder‘s knowledge of the region's business landscape is without parallel. He is also chair of the charity ‘Steps to Work', Vice Chair of Sandwell College, and a Governor at Wolverhampton University. 

In 2016, EmployabilityUK designed and delivered an employability skills programme for Coventry Building Society as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility commitment. In recognition of its effectiveness, the programme recently won a coveted National BITC Responsible Business Award in the ‘Education Partnerships' category.  

Diane Vernon, CEO of EmployabilityUK said "Ninder joins us at a really exciting time in our growth strategy. Building on the Coventry model, we want to create more programmes for businesses in the Midlands and we believe that with his extensive experience as a senior level Director, Ninder can help us find the right strategic partners."

Keith Fraser, Chair of Trustees said: "I'm pleased that Ninder has agreed to join us and we know that with his business knowledge and great influence across the regional sector, he can help us to continue to grow our presence throughout the West Midlands and beyond. We are privileged to have fouind someone with such a passion to see young people grow, and become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow."

If you are a business or an education provider and would like to discuss how EmployabilityUK can support you with developing an effective Employability Skills Programme, please call 0345 601 5551. You can also find out more about the work of EmployabilityUK by visiting www.employabilityuk.org. Follow them for updates on Facebook and Twitter @euk.

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