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College leader joins influential industry panel 

A prestigious business forum has invited Burnley College’s Assistant Principal to share ideas that will help shape the future of British industry. 

Neil Burrows, who leads on Apprenticeships, Employer Engagement and Adult Skills at Burnley College received the invitation to join the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) which will push the College to the fore and strengthen their vital industry links. 

With his breadth of knowledge in training and skills development, Neil is keen to give Burnley College and the education sector a voice within this powerful forum. 

Neil recognises the innovation, forward thinking and relevant work of the CBI and says that the association with this proactive Confederation will provide great benefits to the College: 


“It’s a real privilege to be asked to join the CBI but more importantly, this connection will allow the College to identify more skills gaps and offer a fantastic platform to share ideas with those at the heart of industry in our region. 

“The post-pandemic recovery is a focal point for the region and discussing how best to implement innovative solutions will benefit us all. 
“We will be discussing growth strategies as well as recruiting, upskilling and diversifying, to make sure we are right on track to provide the best education to equip learners with the skills they need to succeed in business.  
“In Lancashire, manufacturing is in our DNA, so we are perfectly positioned to be the conduit between training and industry.” 

Neil Burrows

Assistant Principal, Burnley College

The CBI’s North West Regional Council is made up of some of the most successful global organisations including HSBC, Sellafield, KPMG and Siemens. 

If you’re keen to gain the skills and training to excel in industry, talk to Burnley College today about training opportunities, courses and Apprenticeships – visit burnley.ac.uk