Three new Businesses pledge their support to improving Careers Education

Three new Cornerstone Employers have pledged their support to developing the county’s future workforce.

The three companies, DRP Group, Platform Housing Group and QinetiQ are the latest organisations from across the county to join the growing list of businesses supporting the Worcestershire Careers Hub in improving careers support and guidance in schools.

Cornerstone employers work alongside the Worcestershire Careers Hub team, the Careers & Enterprise Company, their business contacts and the wider business community to ensure young people in the county are inspired and prepared for the world of work.

The current list of Worcestershire cornerstone employers includes; Hewett Recruitment, Ludlow Thompson, Malvern Panalytical, Yamazaki Mazak UK, Southco Manufacturing, The Community Housing Group, Worcester Bosch, Jacobs and Bishop Fleming.

Dale Parmenter, CEO of DRP Group, said: “We are delighted and proud to become a Cornerstone Employer. For many years we have been passionate about supporting young people and helping them prepare for the work of world. The team are excited to be part of this fantastic scheme.”

Linda Gittings, Apprenticeships and Qualifications Manager at Platform Housing Group, said: “Platform Housing Group are extremely proud to have become a Cornerstone Employer. It allows us to continue to work together in partnership with young people, schools and colleges to highlight the work we do and showcase the diverse opportunities that are available within the housing sector.  At Platform, we believe in being at the heart of supporting the current skills gap and developing the workforce of the future by enabling young people to have true opportunities and choice around their careers.”

Christina Wagstaff, Corporate Responsibility Advisor, QinetiQ, said: “QinetiQ is committed to making a difference in our local communities and we are delighted to become a Cornerstone Employer. Giving young people the opportunity to engage with business has a positive impact on their future employability and we have the opportunity to help inspire and encourage more young people about the wide variety of rewarding careers, particularly within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields.”

Cornerstone employers have the opportunity to play a crucial part in the development of young people and their career aspirations by demonstrating just what careers are possible in their company and wider industries.

The Worcestershire Careers Hub team are looking for more cornerstone employers to pledge their support.

Organisations of any size can become a cornerstone employer and by pledging support can become an exemplar partner that works to engage and develop the local workforce, give back to the local community of schools and colleges across the county and help build a talent pipeline for a set industry or organisation.

For more information on becoming a cornerstone employer, contact the Worcestershire Careers Hub team today by emailing