Chris Nicholson – Account Manager

Chris Nicholson Account Manager at Barnsley College

When did you start working at Barnsley College?

I joined the Barnsley College team in September 2019.

Why do you think it’s important for employers to develop their workforce?

Workforce development is important for keeping up-to-date with legally-required skills, to future-proof a business and support a succession plan. Also to present employees with opportunities for progression whilst avoiding any need to outsource to fill skills gaps.

Which client accounts and sectors do you manage?

My clients are predominantly in the Digital and IT Sector, I also deal with School Academy Trusts. Some large accounts I manage are Wellspring Academy Trust, Arm Ltd and our apprenticeship provision delivered in Shropshire. I have a particular focus on qualifications for the Digital Industries sector, some of which are very new; roles such as Data Analysts and Network Infrastructure Technicians.

Can you give me an example of a positive impact that you have had on a client business whilst in your current role?

The new digital qualifications are generating serious interest and that is good to see. From the perspective of apprentices, they see that they are picking up current skills that will carry them into an innovative career. Interest from employers demonstrates that they are forward-thinking and that our technology sector is booming.

What do you enjoy most about coming to work?

I enjoy the strategic work we do with our larger clients. For example; we are currently working with Astrea Academy Trust to centralise apprenticeship provision for all 20 academies in the Trust. This will improve service consistency and bring efficiency benefits.

Give us an interesting fact about yourself

I’m an Endpoint Assessor for the City and Guilds Level 2 Customer Service Apprenticeship. This gives me a really thorough knowledge of the course content; I get to know the apprentices and to understand what it’s like to be in their shoes. That’s really useful for my job and it’s fulfilling to share that proud and joyful moment when I get to tell someone that they have successfully completed their apprenticeship.

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Last updated: 26th March 2021