2013 marked our quarter century and it was definitely a year of celebration for us. Our 25th anniversary saw the launch of our Global Education Network and the formation of two new education charity partnerships.
25 years – an educational journey
The last 25 years have not only seen the transformation of Communications Management into education specialists, but the education landscape has been through numerous changes too.
25 international associates – and growing
In February 2013 we launched our Communications Management Global Education Network – 25 associates selected by us for their in country-expertise in education PR. But we didn't stop there. Our network has since grown to 30, and continues to expand, enabling us to provide a truly global service to our clients.
Launch of two new charity partnerships
We're passionate about all things education and so we were delighted to mark our quarter century by forming two new exciting partnerships with educational charities.
We helped social mobility charity The Transformation Trust raise its profile with businesses, pending the launch of its nationwide initiative which offers valuable work experience, internships and mentoring opportunities to students from some of the most challenged state schools in the UK. The charity works with nearly 800 schools (where at least 30% of pupils receive free school meals) by providing inspiring and engaging extra-curricular activities that help young people identify new skills and interests which as well as helping equip them for the world of work, also help develop confidence and self-belief. This new project is delivering internship opportunities with FTSE 100 companies and other businesses across all sectors, allowing them to reach students who typically do not have access to these types of opportunities.
We're working with Villiers Park Educational Trust, an educational charity that helps young people to reach their full academic potential and develop their passion for learning, in particular to enable students from less advantaged backgrounds to gain places at leading universities. We're helping to promote their new fund set up in the name of BBC education correspondent Mike Baker who died in 2012. Mike was a huge advocate for education and worked with Communications Management as an associate for several years after leaving the BBC. Justin Shaw, our MD is one of the trustees for The Mike Baker Memorial Fund, helping to raise much needed funds to support Villiers Park's work.