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Enterprise Adviser Brian O’Sullivan, Marketing Manager at Denton & Nickels, has been matched with Yewlands Academy in Sheffield.

Yewlands Academy secondary school is based in the Grenoside area of Sheffield. The school caters for around 850 students between Year 7 and Year 11. Employability skills and links with employers are already an important part of education at Yewlands, partly through their Business in the Community initiative, in which they are partnered with Lloyds Banking Group, which employs 200 people in Sheffield, as well as through links to both universities in Sheffield and a named adviser from the University of Cambridge. The Enterprise Adviser Network will therefore provide a continuation of the work that Yewlands has already successfully started.

Denton & Nickels are a construction company based in Doncaster, established in 1999. Denton & Nickels started out as installers of high quality central heating systems to social and private landlords across Yorkshire. In recent years, they have slowly grown into all sectors of construction, as demand dictated. In 2004, Denton & Nickels set up their own in house electrical department and this expansion has allowed the company to continue to grow.

Discussing the match, Andrew Sowerby, Yewlands Academy, said, “Yewlands Academy are very pleased to be working in partnership with Brian and Theresa from Denton & Nickels. Denton & Nickels are a forward-thinking company, and we are sure they will provide strategic support which will enhance our careers and work-related programmes as we prepare our students for the next phase of their education.”

Brian said, “We are very excited to work with Andrew and the Leadership team at Yewlands. This is a unique opportunity to give a business insight to Yewlands and support the school in its endeavours to prepare students for career enhancement, as well as achieving positive outcomes. We have been very impressed already by everything Yewlands prepares and organises in terms of work experience, business challenges, mock interviews etc. We are looking forward to participation in these activities, identifying strategies and introducing business contacts to enhance this offering.”

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Pictured, Jo Hanman (middle) with John Marsden (right) and Jen Wall (left) from Wath Comprehensive School

Capita employees Jo Hanman and Gina Hine have signed up to be Enterprise Advisers in Rotherham.

Jo, the Onboarding Experience Manager at Capita Park in Manvers has joined forces with Wath Comprehensive School, and Gina Hine, Regional Director for Capita Talent Partnerships has been matched with Dearne Valley College.

Capita provides customer management services, including call centres, to companies around the UK. The Dearne Valley site serves clients including O2, Brisith Gas and the RSPCA. Capita Talent Partnerships provides traineeships, apprenticeships and workforce development for a range of clients including the BBC, Barclays and HSBC.

Jo said: “I’ve worked with Wath previously and I’m keen to create more opportunities for young people to learn about the world of work and business. It’s so important they get that insight and experience.”

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Pictured, Gina Hine signs up for the Enterprise Adviser scheme with Jackie Frost, Enterprise Projects Manager at Rotherham Council.

Gina said: “I’m passionate about developing young people, and am really looking forward to working with college to support them and their students to learn fully about the world of work.”

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Pictured is Liam Winder, owner of metafortytwo and Enterprise Adviser at Winterhill School.

Tech entrepreneur Liam Winder has met his school’s computing team to support them to develop careers and enterprise learning through the curriculum.

Liam is the Enterprise Adviser at Winterhill School, and has been working with the school team and Enterprise Coordinators to review current provision and practice.

Liam said: “Creative and digital is a big and growing sector. I’m keen in my role as Enterprise Adviser to have an impact on the curriculum where I can. My starting point has been to meet with teachers who have responsibility for developing the computing curriculum and see and understand what they do. We want to develop more business and employer links and make better connections between classroom learning and what’s out there in Rotherham and the Sheffield City Region.

Liam owns metafortytwo, a creative and digital agency which develops websites, microsites, e-commerce and apps for a range of clients including Zeon Teamware, Love Health Hate Waste, Harris Horsewear and LinkTagger.

Careers Adviser Becky Taylor said: “Liam is passionate about digital, computing and enterprise. His input into schemes of work would really add value, both in helping teachers develop their practice and to benefit and inspire students.”

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Aline Hayes, Director of Business Change and Information Solutions at Sheffield City Council, has been appointed Enterprise Adviser for Sheffield Springs Academy.

Already extremely active in enterprise education, Sheffield Springs Academy has entered numerous prize-winning students in Sheffield’s annual young entrepreneurs’ competition, BiG Challenge, including Springs Academy team Five Leaf Clover, KS4 winner at the 2016 BiG Challenge Awards. Through the Enterprise Adviser Network, the schools is hoping to build on and expand this provision.

Initially Aline, alongside the senior leadership team, will be concentrating her Enterprise Adviser work around widening students’ views of the workplace and the jobs available and, in turn, raising their aspirations. As Aline has a background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the school will be concentrating on the emerging industries of IT and tech.

Aline said, ‘I’ve previously worked in education, and in both those areas [IT and tech] there’s clear recognition of the value that bringing employability and enterprise together with education makes in terms of people’s aspirations and opportunities. I loved working in education because you see the genuine difference it makes to people’s lives.’

She continues, ‘For me, I get a number of benefits from being involved. Firstly, I get the satisfaction of feeling I’m helping make a difference in the city; secondly, I am learning more about secondary education. Thirdly, I’m meeting other Enterprise Advisers, who are drawn from a wide range of organisations, and learning from them.

‘As an employer, it’s an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is – helping create opportunities for young people who will be the workforce of tomorrow. The better equipped and more confident they are, the better for them and the better for the city.’

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Rose is pictured above, with Enterprise Advisers and colleagues from Special Schools, planning an employment event in the new academic year. Rose is: back row, on the left.

JCP in Schools is working strategically with Rotherham special schools to add value to the Enterprise Adviser Network.

Rose Aizlewood, the JCP in Schools Work Adviser, has been attending review and action planning meetings with special schools and Enterprise Advisers because of the shared interest to increase work experiences and opportunities for special school students.

Being involved from the beginning means that Rose has already started delivering activity in some special schools, and is proving a valuable partner to Rotherham’s developing SEN Dream Team.

As a result of special schools wanting to increase students’ work related opportunities and experiences, Rose Aizlewood, the JCP in School Work Adviser has joined Enterprise Adviser meetings

Rose Aizlewood, the JCP in Schools Work Adviser, has been integrated into Rotherham’s work with special schools, including assisting at Person Centred Review meetings, assisting in team building and skill building activities and discussing job roles, application forms and interviews with students.

She has also started to build important links with other contacts and start creating activity tailored to schools’ needs, which utilises the skills and resources of local providers. For example, AD-PRO, a local learning disability provider which helps enhance the skills and work prospects of SEN young people and adults, is working with Rose and the special schools to inspire students about the world of work.

Rose said: “It has been invaluable for me to be involved with special schools from the start. They have a clear focus on wanting to improve employment prospects for their students, and I have been able to provide learning around jobs, recruitment, mock interviews and work inspiration. From the schools point of view, they don’t have to keep having the same conversations; I’ve just been part of the process for them, which means we can act quickly and make the most of the time and resources we have. What has struck me, is how much the students have to offer, in terms of a brilliant attitude, loyalty, diligence, all qualities employers value. Special schools have excellent examples of how their students really add value to employers when they are on work placement, and we want to really shout from the rooftops about what these students can do.”

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Julia Muir has joined the Enterprise Adviser Network to inspire young people about opportunities in the automotive industry.

Julia runs Gaia Innovation, an organisation which aims to build long lasting relationships between automotive employers and education. She is also the founder of the UK Automotive 30% club, which aims to get more women into leadership roles in the car industry. She has been matched with Dinnington High School in Rotherham, and took co-head teacher Chris Eccles to Cranfield University’s Transport Systems Catapult, to learn about the future of the car industry.

She said: “The future of automotive is very exciting, and completely digital. The autonomous car, the digitally connected car, the connected train, these are all innovations which will need digital skills. I’m keen to inspire young people about what this future means locally. For example, the AMRC has identified digital and advanced manufacturing as a key growth area for the Sheffield City Region, and so developing these skills and interests in young people, and for students at Dinnington, is my goal.”

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