02 May 2014
Barbara Spicer is inspired during visit
The Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency Barbara Spicer has described students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as “inspirational” after a visit to Preston.
Barbara visited the University as part of a visit to Lancashire where she also met businesses based at Cotton Court and students from Preston’s College.
During her UCLan tour Barbara spoke to final year students taking part in two prestigious leadership development schemes; the LaunchPad programme, a fast-track project run by Lancashire Business School which provides talented students with enhanced opportunities for work experience, business mentoring and networking, and the Future Leaders programme. Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, it is open to all second year students and offers intensive workshops, opportunities to work and network with industry leaders and a week-long residential challenge.
She commented: “I’m very impressed with the initiatives in place at UCLan. The LaunchPad programme allows students to take the skills they learn during their studies and hone them in a professional business environment giving them a competitive edge. All of the students I spoke to came across as highly motivated individuals and I found their enthusiasm to succeed very inspirational.”
"I’m very impressed with the initiatives in place at UCLan. The LaunchPad programme allows students to take the skills they learn during their studies and hone them in a professional business environment."
Barbara also met representatives from the UCLan backed Call NorthWest, a scheme which supports the contact centre industry in the region, and from Innovation Lab, a project based in UCLan’s Media Factory that assists North West SMEs to utilise new approaches in creative design, new media and ICT technology.
The Chief Exec learned more about UCLan’s Business Incubation Unit which has supported more than 1,000 UCLan students and graduates to become self-employed in the last five years through its Northern Lights programme.
Head of Innovation and Enterprise at UCLan John Lonsdale commented: “We are pleased to welcome Barbara to the University to meet some of our most talented students who are striving to be the leaders of the future.
“UCLan is consistently in the UK’s top three for the number of graduate start-ups and Barbara’s visit gave her an opportunity to speak to graduates and students who are utilising the Northern Lights programme to develop their businesses in the region.”
Barbara Spicer’s visit was organised by Downtown in Business.