.Tom has worked for Reed at Board level for over 19 years and his operational expertise spans the commercial recruitment, welfare-to-work, skills and business support sectors. He also set up and ran for a number of years Reed's internal shared services centre.
From his home in rural Stirlingshire Tom travels extensively throughout the UK. Currently his main responsibilities include:
• growing a business joint venture with the NCFE awarding body that supports Further and Higher Education students as they leave College and University to enter the labour market through a range of resources that gives students a mindset advantage when competing for jobs in the labour market and also through a brokerage service that gives students preferential access to suitable work experience / internship, job and apprenticeship opportunities.
• leading a business joint venture with Exemplas Holdings Ltd that supports SMEs to survive and grow through the development of international trade opportunities.
After graduating from the University of Exeter with a Law degree, Tom worked as a qualified solicitor for almost ten years before moving sectors. He first joined the REED family of companies in 1997 as People & Quality Director and has held a wide variety of different Board-level roles since then.
Since its launch six months ago REED NCFE’s Baseline Employability Skills Test (BESTest) has been taken by over 15,000 students in England. The results provide a unique insight in to the employability skills profile of your students and, more importantly, tells us what we all want to know; what specifically are the main employability skills challenges faced by your students?
Despite the UK’s economy recording a 12th consecutive quarter of growth, the job market is as competitive as ever and for young people the statistics are somewhat alarming. Excluding young people not in full-time education, 414,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in January-March 2016, highlighting just how competitive the jobs market is for 16-24 year olds in the UK.