New man will strengthen careers team

Ian Fazackerley
Ian Fazackerley
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Preston’s College is strengthening its’ careers advice squad.

Preston’s College is strengthening its careers advice squad.

Ian Fazackerley has been appointed to lead the Fulwood-based college’s existing Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) team.

In his role as assistant head of recruitment, he will be responsible for the team of 15 specialists who are in place to assist learners to find out more about the career options open to them.

From this summer the team will be based in th new £3m In-Zone development, which will link its advice activities with new learning zones and the institution’s enterprise centre.

Ian has joined the college from Preston Collaborative Partnership where he was the manager for the 14-19 Partnership.

He was previously a Lancashire area manager for Connexions, the former careers service.

Ian said: “Preston’s College has a great reputation for its IAG services and I’m proud to be joining such a talented and dedicated team.

“A recent OFSTED report found that many schools nationally weren’t adequately securing access to this type of guidance for all students in years nine to 11, even though it has been their responsibility since 2012.

“By using a service such as the one we provide at Preston’s College, youngsters and adults alike can gain access to the best advice and support available and help them to plot out their future careers.”

The careers service has undergone a shake-up over the past few years with schools expected to put more emphasis on offering advice and guidance to pupils before they move on.

Preston’s College offers both students and potential students careers and education advice from highly qualified advisers.

Carl Speight, vice principal for enterprise and engagement at the St Vincent’s Road college, said: “We feel Ian brings with him a wealth of experience that will be of great benefit to all the learners who make use of the service.”

“We feel that by offering young people as much help and advice as possible we can support them to make the right decisions for the future and remain committed to providing the best service possible to them.

“Providing oustanding careers information, advice and guidance is a further example of how we are making our learners the most employable they can be.”