Interserve chief executive Adrian Ringrose has been appointed chairman of the Prince’s Trust Built Environment Leadership Group (BELG).
Mr Ringrose, who announced in November he will be stepping down as CEO of Interserve, will replace current BELG chairman James Wates in March 2017.
The group is a collaboration of Prince’s Trust corporate partners that helps young people find work in one of the built environment sectors, such as construction and facilities management.
One of its core purposes is to address the national skills gap by supporting those furthest from employment into the built environment sector.
Mr Wates is stepping down from the role after a three-year tenure.
“It has been my pleasure and honour to serve as chairman of BELG,” he said.
“Seeing first-hand what a difference The Prince’s Trust can make to young people’s lives has been truly inspiring. By 2020, over 230,000 jobs are expected to be created in the construction sector alone.
“We need to ensure that young people today, and in particular those who have not had the best start in life, are gaining the required skills to find a job and enjoy a successful career in this very rewarding sector.”
Prince’s Trust director of corporate partnerships Ben Marson said: “The Prince’s Trust BELG has gone from strength to strength over the last three years under James Wates’s dedicated leadership.
“We are very proud to welcome Adrian Ringrose as the new BELG chairman. Adrian has the experience, knowledge of the sector and drive to fill this position.
“We have no doubt that he will be dedicated to helping us encourage our existing and future partners to deliver more positive outcomes for the young people we support.”
The Prince’s Trust aims to provide training and career opportunities to 10,000 young people over the next three years in the built environment. The BELG will support this ambition by helping generate new partners and income for the charity.
Mr Ringrose said: “I am delighted to be joining the BELG at this exciting time for the Trust.
“The bar has been raised very high through James Wates’ leadership and the fantastic job the BELG has done to make sure companies in our sector are doing their part to support young people into sustainable careers.
“It is a win-win situation for the industry: while we are doing our bit to help young people, we are also addressing a worrying skills shortage which is affecting our businesses.
“My aim as chairman will be to encourage companies to invest in Prince’s Trust programmes, offer tangible outcomes, work placements and volunteering opportunities. I hope to see the trust’s reputation grow as a partner of choice for the industry.”
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