Lancaster University scholar takes on role in NW social enterprise

An academic from Lancaster University Management School has started a new role working with one of the region’s largest social enterprises to provide wider access to education.

Dr. Radka Newton, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, will become a member of The Growth Company’s Workforce Development Advisory Board and Sub-Board.

The Growth Company provides support to individuals and businesses throughout the North West. It envisions a society where economic growth and prosperity are inclusive, sustainable and leave no one or community behind. The Growth Company offers programs ranging from technical and vocational apprenticeships, language and numeracy programs to digital skills courses, enabling accessible education and restoring learner pride in their own abilities.

Dr. Newton, director of LUMS’ Help to Grow management program, will serve on a board of directors tasked with reviewing and directing their employment and skills services.

Dr Newton said: “This is an exciting appointment, and I look forward to contributing to the Growth Company’s commitment to providing inclusive support to communities, enabling individuals to reach their potential. I am convinced that my experience of digital and blended learning will be useful for the aspirations of the company. »

She added: “In my role with Help to Grow, I have learned that many companies struggle to attract the right talent to our region, and I believe the Growth Company is well placed to contribute to regional development, as well only to change lives. of individuals not reached by more traditional educational pathways.

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