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09 May 2014
Futureversity elects new Chairman

Futureversity, which works with young people across inner London and the City to increase their potential, has appointed social entrepreneur Dr Noorzaman Rashid as its new Chairman, following election by the Board of Trustees.

The youth charity is based in Tower Hamlets and also covers the City and surrounding boroughs. It works to support 11-25 year olds with educational, skills-based courses to help bridge gaps between school, training and employment. The charity’s employment programme, Job Ready, has a 61% success rate of helping those Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) to get jobs or access training.

As Managing Director of Strategies for Change, a global-networked professional services, technology and management consultancy business, Noorzaman Rashid is well-placed to lead Futureversity’s activities. He works tirelessly as a business builder and social entrepreneur to support and create organisations that improve the lives of people most in need, and he has been a patron of Futureversity since 2011.

Dr Rashid intends to help Futureversity reach out to support the development of even more young people across East London and beyond, especially in times of continued high youth unemployment. He wants to build stronger partnerships between local authorities, education and the City of London to facilitate this.

His appointment comes at the same time as the latest cohort of Job Ready students were graduating at a special ceremony in London’s Broadgate. Ten students graduated yesterday from the 3-month course, which provides them with practical workshops, interview practice, support and mentoring to improve their employability skills.

Speaking at the celebration for the Job Ready graduates, Noorzaman Rashid said: “While youth unemployment figures have fallen slightly recently, more than 900,000 young people in the UK are still unemployed and over 250,000 of them have been out of work for over a year. Lack of skills or experience prevent otherwise talented young people to get a foot on the career ladder.

“It is in the power of organisations like Futureversity to help these young people develop the skills and self-belief they need to get into work and raise their aspirations. I will do all that I can to help Futureversity build on its already excellent work, so that they can help more young people across East London and beyond."

Previously Dr Rashid worked for Harvey Nash Group plc., BNB Resources plc., EDS and AT Kearney, building significant businesses through organic growth, mergers and acquisitions. His portfolio of Non-Executive Chairmanships is extensive and includes Chair of the NHS Institute for Innovation’s Worldwide Board, where he led the sales strategy for NHS products in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and several European countries. He also built one of the largest chains of City Academies.

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