When did you start working at Barnsley College?
I joined the Barnsley College team in January 2019.
Why do you think it’s important for employers to develop their workforce?
There are many reasons but the impact on the wider community is really powerful. Development of employees brings new skills into a business but it also creates social uplift by supporting people in the community to upskill and gain employment.
Which client accounts and sectors do you manage?
I am appointed to the engineering sector, but the whole team tends to get involved in a much wider mix of businesses. A few of my larger accounts include Euramax Solutions Ltd, and Wakefield Council. I also work with a lot of small local businesses, like electrical installers.
Can you give me an example of a positive impact that you have had on a client business whilst in your current role?
The most satisfying work I do is with students who are proactively seeking opportunities themselves. This results in a well-matched role for the apprentice, because they have such a big involvement in choosing it; it also impresses an employer and nurtures a great relationship between all parties from the outset. Those students inevitably work hard and complete their qualification with flying colours, because they are so committed to the task.
What do you enjoy most about coming to College/work?
There are massive opportunities for young people in the engineering sector at the moment. According to the Royal Academy of Engineering, we need nearly 200,000 new engineers and engineering technicians a year until 2022. That means the talented individuals we are developing will really go far in their careers, they will have fabulous opportunities to travel and earn large salaries if they choose to. This is an exciting time and it’s incredibly fulfilling to be a part of.
Give a brief summary about your career to date
I graduated with a degree in Human Biology and I’ve had a pretty varied sales career from there which included direct selling and I even founded a successful business. I’ve always enjoyed roles that have helped people in some way and this job certainly checks that box.
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Last updated: 26th March 2021