Burnley College's Neil Burrows joins CBI

Burnley College assistant principal Neil Burrows aims to help skills providers work more closely with businesses by joining the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Neil leads on apprenticeships, employer engagement and adult skills at the college and will work alongside the CBI North West Council to strengthen the existing ties with local businesses and wider industry.

He has been invited to share his breadth of knowledge in training and skills development, and to give Burnley College and the education sector a voice among business leaders.

Burnley College is currently serving 1,000 apprentices and has its latest careers event brought in 35 employers from across the region to meet 400 young people and their parents.

Neil said: Its a real privilege to be asked to join the CBI but more importantly, this connection will allow the college to identify more skills gaps and offer a fantastic platform to share ideas with those at the heart of industry in our region.

The post-pandemic recovery is a focal point for the region and discussing how best to implement innovative solutions will benefit us all. We will be discussing growth strategies as well as recruiting, upskilling and diversifying, to make sure we are right on track to provide the best education to equip learners with the skills they need to succeed in business."

Damian Waters, CBI North West regional director, said: "Neil brings an impressive level of knowledge of not only the FE sector, but also of engagement with local business, and the opportunities and challenges facing young people.

"His involvement with the council brings a fresh perspective and a strong voice for the sector, I am looking forward to working with Neil and supporting him to influence the most important decision being taking both locally and nationally."