Skills and Investment Group Manager and Worcestershire LEP Director of Skills
Judy joined Worcestershire County Council in August 2013. Upon joining WCC Judy was initially tasked with building a team within the economic development directorate which could develop and promote the wider skills agenda across Worcestershire. This role was eventually expanded to cover the LEP skills lead role.
Her expanded role would include the co-creation of the Worcestershire Apprenticeship brand and concept to take apprenticeship engagement to a wider audience and build strong active relationships with employers which would create links with schools to support careers activity under the county council's and the Worcestershire LEP's joint "Connecting Schools and Business" initiative.
Over the past few years Judy and her team have built up a reputation of successfully delivering many ESF / ESIF, National and locally funded programmes and initiatives. Judy's group manager role within the council also includes the management of a number of teams including Libraries and Learning and the NEET prevention Team.
Future Skills Programme Manager and Worcestershire LEP Careers Hub Manager
Matt joined Worcestershire County Council in September 2013. Matt was part of the initial team recruited by Judy Chadwick to work within economic development directorate to develop and promote the wider skills agenda across Worcestershire. This role was eventually expanded to cover the LEP skills priorities.
For a number of years Matt led the joint WCC and WLEP Connecting Schools and Business initiative to look at developing stronger links with schools and to look at ways in which Worcestershire employers could support the delivery of careers related education within schools.
Following the conception of the Careers and Enterprise Company initiative in 2015 Matt led the implementation and creation of Worcestershire's own Enterprise Adviser network. In September 2018 Matt took up the role of Careers Hub Manager following the Worcestershire LEP being awarded "Careers Hub status" which he would undertake alongside his wider programme manager role.
Deputy Careers Hub Manager
Alice joined the delivery team in April 2017, since she started her role she has been working on mainstream school engagement has built up an amazing level of engagement across the entire school network.
Following the expansion of the delivery team Alice's role as Deputy Careers Hub Manager will be focused on maintaining the relationships she has already built within our Mainstream "Careers Hub" member schools across the Wyre Forest, Redditch and Bromsgrove districts. Alice will be tasked with providing these schools with the support they require to achieve ALL of the 8 x Gatsby Benchmarks.
Alice will work with schools’ strategic leads, their careers advisers and their assigned Enterprise Adviser to develop a programme of activity which ensures that local employers play a vital role in the delivery of careers education within her assigned schools.
Alice is also taking a lead role within the development of the Skills 4 Worcestershire careers signposting website and the organisation of the Worcestershire Skills Show.
Enterprise Coordinator – Southern Districts
Sandra joined the delivery team in November 2018. Her role as an Enterprise Coordinator will be focused on maintaining and building on our existing relationships within our Mainstream "Careers Hub" member schools across the Worcester City, Malvern Hills and Wychavon districts.
Sandra will be tasked with providing these schools with the support they require to achieve ALL of the 8 x Gatsby Benchmarks.
Sandra will work with the schools strategic leads, their careers advisers and their assigned Enterprise Adviser to develop a programme of activity which ensures that local employers play a pivotal role in the delivery of careers education within her assigned schools.
Sandra is enthusiastic and committed to ensuring that all young people get a wealth of excellent opportunities to improve their future outcomes.
Enterprise Coordinator – Middle Schools
Linda joined the delivery team in September 2018. Her role as our Middle School Enterprise Coordinator will focus on engaging, building and maintaining new relationships within middle schools across the Wychavon, Redditch and Bromsgrove districts.
Linda will lead on the recruitment of Enterprise Advisers who will be placed within these schools, which in turn will increase the levels of employer involvement in careers related activities taking place across benchmarks 5 and 6.
Linda has worked for the last 20 years as a Branch Manager in a Recruitment Agency in Worcestershire and has an extensive knowledge of the local market place and the skills required by employers. She has excellent relationships with local businesses and knows the importance of raising the levels of young people transferable skills so they are more employable.
She also has a sound understanding of the diversity of businesses within the area and the challenges they are currently experiencing with regard to skills shortages and recruiting quality staff.
Hannah joined Worcestershire County Council in October 2020. Her role as Enterprise Coordinator will focus on the SEND schools across Worcestershire, maintaining and developing the existing relationships built with the schools.
Hannah will be tasked with finding solutions to support the delivery of careers provision within our SEND schools network. Hannah will be working closely with the individual school Careers leads and their in-house careers advisers to ensure their young people receive a high standard of careers provision.
Hannah has come from an NCS (National Citizen Service) background where she successfully managed the Worcestershire contract for over 3 years, covering 60 Mainstream, PRU and SEND schools. Her previous role allows her to build on the great working relationship with our SEND schools and has an insight into the Gatsby Benchmarks and the areas that may need developing. During her time with NCS she worked with the NCS Trust to create bespoke SEND programmes making NCS inclusive for all.
Hannah has committed her career to people and strives to ensure equal opportunities are there for all. Her passion and drive will push the fantastic work already done to reach even wider parts of the sector.
Hayley joined the delivery team in October 2020. Her role as an Enterprise Coordinator will focus on supporting a number of Middle Schools within the new Middle School Careers Hub.
Hayley will work closely with her assigned schools careers leaders and their careers teams to provide them with the support they need to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks. Hayley will also support the wider team to research and create resources and activities which will be specifically designed for use within a Middle School setting and link with Linda to work on the recruitment of Enterprise Advisers.
Hayley brings to the team a vast knowledge of the education sector having worked within several different education and training provider settings. Hayley’s most recent role was that of a career’s adviser based within one of our local secondary schools.
Hayley’s first-hand knowledge of delivering careers education with schools will enable her to understand and overcome the challenges which many schools may face. Hayley also has a wider understanding of the skills employers are looking for young people to hold when joining their industry and has excellent relationships with many businesses having developed a number of successful work experience programmes.
Belinda joined the skills and investment team in October 2020, to work closely with the team by providing administrative support in a variety of areas while completing her businesses administration apprenticeship. Focus for Belinda will be within supporting the development of Skills4Worcestershire and taking a lead on the employer engagement CRM. Belinda’s role as a business administration apprentice emphasises the continued commitment, we have towards supporting the development of our future workforce.
Belinda has previously completed a degree in nutrition and undertaken work within retail, where she took part in a variety of different tasks and activities allowing her to develop many skills and hands on experience that can be applied in the workplace and within an administrative role.
Joe joined the skills and investment team in October 2020. Joe is currently a student at the University of Worcester and has taken on the role of Project Support Intern and will be with the team for a year. Joe’s roles vary and he will be supporting different teams and projects throughout his busy year with us.
Throughout his time at University, Joe has studied a range of modules which will be key to help him in this role, this was built on top of his understanding from studying Business at A level. Further to this, Joe’s part time work alongside his studies, provided him with management experience and contributed to him being work ready.