|Pattenmakers Young Managers Scheme
|The Pattenmakers renewed their ancient links with the Footwear Industry just over 30 years ago. Consistent with the ethos of the London guilds to train their apprentices, the Young Managers Award Scheme was conceived by Past Master Richard Paice to encourage ambitious young managers to compete for a Pattenmakers' award. In November of each year we invite employers to put forward candidates who have shown promise during their training and early employment stages. From those applications we shortlist up to 12 candidates to be interviewed to compete for two awards, the Young Manager Award and the Paice Memorial Award.
Each Award runs from March to April and initially commences with the two winners attending the Pattenmakers' Banquet at the Mansion House in January to receive their citations. The actual awards consist of a training course specifically developed in conjunction with the applicantís employer and designed to meet both the company and the individualís needs. The administrator, Annette Cove, has a wealth of experience in the Footwear Industry and has full access to the Pattenmakers' network of suppliers, manufacturers and retailers to enable the candidates to experience other companies at first hand.
Additionally, award winners are invited to become Freemen of the Livery which entitles them to be granted Freedom of the City of London. In this way, these potential leaders of the future become engaged with the Livery and it is hoped that they may wish to become Liverymen at a later stage.
The Scheme continues to be a valuable method of maintaining the Livery's close links with the industry and ensuring that young footwear managers are given opportunities to broaden their understanding of the trade. This is evidenced by the enthusiasm of employers in submitting candidates each year and in the successful careers enjoyed by the majority of Award Winners - these include two Directors of Clarks, Head of HR for Doc Martens, Head of a Division of Pentland, Senior Product Manager for Puma, Senior Footwear Buyers for High Street store chains and Senior Designers.
All costs for training are picked up by the Livery although employers normally help with basic travel expenses.
More recently, the Young Managers' Award scheme has been extended to anothe emerging area of interest for the Pattenmakers - the built environment.