Rowan Consulting joins forces with Weston College to find future talent.

With the UK poised for high career growth as it emerges from the pandemic and employers looking to recruit the best talent to succeed in a post Brexit economy, Weston College has launched Career Excellence Hubs which were introduced in September 2021. Every subject area in Weston College has signed up to the Career Excellence Charter, which further cements Weston College’s ethos of providing careers and not courses, with students having access to employers, which brings opportunities to maximise their potential and showcase their talent. As a Future Talent Business Partner, Rowan Consulting are pledging their support to develop young people and help them become industry ready, through:

• Co-designing training provision

• Creating an inspirational learning experience

• Providing the skills training required for their business and wider industry

• Delivering a talented workforce for the industry

Karen Watkins, Founder of Rowan Consulting said: “developing future talent is something we have always been incredibly passionate about, as business owners it’s our responsibility to ensure that young people coming into the world of work are encouraged and supported, as well as ensuring we give them opportunities to experience the world of work.  We are looking forward to continuing our work with the incredible team at Weston College to build the bridge between academia and working lives at such a critical time for young people.

Andrew Webster, Education Sector Manager – Further Education & Skills at The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “The team at Weston College don’t just work on one project about careers and the world of work, they work strategically, embedding information and examples about careers into so much of what they do. All of this means their young people are as well prepared as possible to take on the future.”

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College Group, added: “At Weston College, our mission statement is ‘creating brighter futures’ and we passionately believe in helping all our students reach their ultimate goal, focussing on their future employability and developing the skills they will need to have a successful career.

“We are therefore thrilled to announce that we are introducing our Career Excellence Hubs across our provision from September. Our learners will be receiving unrivalled career benefits unique to Weston College that give them the opportunity to become career ready, get ahead and stand out from the crowd!

“I’m also delighted to be working with Rowan Consulting, who already play a real key role in our new Career Excellence Hubs, and we are very excited to get them underway and support our learners.”

Find out more about Career Excellence Hubs,


  • With over 20 years' experience in structuring and growing businesses and teams from inception, through periods of growth and change and finally structuring them ready for sale, Karen and her team have helped dozens of business owners and leaders manage growth and change within their business by concentrating on the human side of running and managing a business. An experienced Organisational Coach and HR Consultant, Karen has extensive experience in working with growth SMEs and a proven background in delivery and development of employees against business goals, her specialism is in working with small and medium size companies, delivering operational, people-based solutions that are commercially focused and enable growth of the business. Karen also works as a Non-Executive Director and Trustee and is a trained Predictive Index (PI) Analyst.

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