A new Head of Business Engagement has been appointed at Tyne Coast College to optimise partnerships with the region’s employers.
And high in the agenda for people development expert Mark Askew is boosting workplace learning opportunities for young people.
Mark, 59, will head a talented five-strong team which will engage with businesses of all sizes to help learners get into employment sectors which suit them.
This focus perfectly aligns with the government’s work experience-focused new T Level and apprenticeship-dominated skills’ programmes.
An ability to build and maintain relationships in senior management positions, and to spot opportunities for progress in good times and bad, has been central to married dad-of-two Mark’s dynamic career.
He started out as a teenage apprentice technician with Mill Garages Newcastle – and eventually took over the business as one of five buy-out partners in 2008.
In between, Mark, who lives in Gosforth, worked for the car sales firm as aftersales manager, general manager and dealer principal.
He then joined privately owned training company Milltech Training as a placement manager and lecturer, and then operations manager.
Throughout his career, he has been involved in staff training and recruitment and engagement with regional businesses – and he also boasts long-held education qualifications.
Combined they made him the perfect candidate to further push Tyne Coast College’s skills-based, business-partnership focused programmes.
I’m delighted to be at the forefront of a team which is pushing this progressive college’s high skills-based engagement with the region’s businesses. “Increasingly, the government is shifting the focus of programmes to include work experience placements, and a strong college-employer partnership is crucial to the success of that. “I’m excited to be able to put the people skills I have learnt over many years and in various surroundings, to good use with learners and businesses alike through positive engagement.