Weber Shandwick and City & Islington College to announce ground-breaking partnership

Friday 06 October, 2017

London – October 2, 2017 – Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms, has teamed up with The City & Islington College Centre for Business Arts & Technology as part of the company’s outreach initiative to inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in public relations. The partnership, the first of its kind, will be launched at the event on 11th October.

Keynote speakers will be Colin Byrne, Weber Shandwick’s Chief Executive Officer, UK & EMEA, and London-based media entrepreneur Jamal Edwards. Both will provide inspirational insight to City & Islington students on how to make a start in the public relations industry and on which skills recruiters are currently looking for within the demography of the College’s 38,000 strong student body.

Weber Shandwick is already making headway in its commitment to bring more diverse talent into the public relations industry having established earlier partnerships with the Taylor Bennett Foundation, Creative Pioneers and the Media Trust, resulting in roles for aspiring talent across a range of practices within the company. The new partnership with City & Islington College aims to reach a wide talent pool within the London community and has been formed to raise awareness of the variety of rewarding careers in public relations available to students of colleges and academies with a variety of interests and backgrounds.

This initiative will form an ongoing programme of activities ranging from CV clinics, inspirational talks given by Weber Shandwick experts and hosted days at the Weber Shandwick offices to enable students to see the business in action. Students will be notified of job opportunities under the Weber Shandwick Apprentice Scheme along with internships and work placements.

Gina Ramson-Williams, Group Talent Director EMEA, said: “We are deeply committed to cultivating a multicultural workforce from all social backgrounds with a variety of skills and specialisms. We continue to champion diversity in our industry and remain dedicated to encouraging people from all backgrounds to pursue a career in public relations. Developing relationships with local colleges such as City & Islington is a great example of how we can help students build a network and see that a career in the public relations field is both attainable and fulfilling.”

City and Islington College enrols 11,000 students every year in vocational and academic programmes.  The college excels in a number of specialist areas including applied sciences, health and social care, ICT and business, and it offers qualifications across a number communications disciplines.

Grant Glendinning, Interim Principal at City and Islington College, said: “At City and Islington College, we are committed to providing learners with a range of employment and work experience opportunities that will enhance their skills and enrich classroom learning. “Through this innovative partnership, students will gain an invaluable insight into how a global PR organisation operates, and provide a pipeline of future talent for Weber Shandwick.”

For more information please contact Gina Ramson-Williams, EMEA Group Talent Director at Weber Shandwick via email gramsonwilliams@webershandwick..com or Paul Nezandonyi, PR Officer at City & Islington College via Paul.Nezandonyi@capitalccg.ac.uk.