Meet the Worcestershire Careers Hub team

Meet the team from Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership who work together on the Worcestershire Careers Hub.

To contact a member of the team, please email CEC@Worcestershire.gov.uk 

Judy Chadwick – Skills and Investment Group Manager and Director of Skills at Worcestershire LEP

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 Apprenticeships brand and concept to take apprenticeship engagement to a wider audience, and build strong active relationships with employers. This would create links with schools to support careers activity, under the county council’s and 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.

Matthew Tope – 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.

Alice Cook – Enterprise Coordinator, Northern Districts

Alice joined the delivery team in April 2017. She has been working closely with Matt on Mainstream school engagement for the last 12 months and has built up an amazing level of engagement across the entire school network.

Following the expansion of the delivery team, Alice’s role as an Enterprise Coordinator has focused on maintaining the relationships she has already built within Mainstream “Careers Hub” member schools across the Wyre Forest, Redditch and Bromsgrove districts.

Alice is tasked with providing these schools with the support they require to achieve all of the 8  Gatsby Benchmarks in order to meet the mandatory deadline of August 2020, set by the government within their new careers strategy.

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. Alice is also taking a lead role within the development of the Skills 4 Worcestershire careers signposting website.

Sandra Howells – 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 existing relationships within Mainstream “Careers Hub” member schools across the Worcester City, Malvern Hills and Wychavon districts.

Sandra is tasked with providing these schools with the support they require to achieve all of the 8 x Gatsby Benchmarks in order to meet the mandatory deadline of August 2020, set by the government within their new careers strategy.

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.

Sandra is enthusiastic and committed to ensuring that all young people get a wealth of excellent opportunities to improve their future outcomes.

Linda Garner – Enterprise Coordinator, Middle Schools

Linda joined the delivery team in September 2018. Her role as Middle School Enterprise Coordinator will focus on engaging and building 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’s 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.

Nicola Hope – Enterprise Coordinator, Employer Engagement

Nicola joined the delivery team in December 2018. Her role as Enterprise Coordinator will focus on employer engagement and in turn both the recruitment of Enterprise Advisers and employer activity support within schools.

Nicola will be based within the offices of our key partner and stakeholder, The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

This will enable us to expand our portfolio of businesses, large and small, willing to support the delivery of careers education within schools and expand on the number of Enterprise Advisers joining the Worcestershire network. Nicola will also be able to target specific industry sectors which could support activity such as their participation in the Worcestershire Skills Show, workplace visits and mock interview sessions.

Nicola brings with her a wealth of experience of the FE sector having worked within the Warwickshire College Group for over 16 years.  Nicola undertook a number of roles within the college which included the role of Head of Work Based Learning and various employer engagement roles.

Ella Bates – Business Administration Apprentice

Ella joined the Skills and Investment team in September 2018. Her role as Business Administration Apprentice highlights the Hub’s commitment to supporting both the apprenticeship agenda and ensuring that the Hub plays its part in the development of our own future workforce.

Ella will provide administrative support across the entire delivery team. Ella will also co-ordinate the school booking process in relation to the Worcestershire Skills Show and will become our central point of contact for the wider cornerstone employer activity support currently under development.

Ella attended Worcester 6th Form College for 2 years where she studied a BTEC Level 3 Business Studies. She took part in various activities and course modules which allowed her to broaden her knowledge of business. From this, she now has extensive knowledge on business operations and how to apply them to the workplace.

Prior to this she attended Stourport High School. Ella will undertake her apprenticeship within the team until August 2020.

Jack Barnett – PR, Marketing & Communications Manager

Jack joined the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership in 2014 and works as the marketing lead.

Jack’s role entails raising the profile and reputation of Worcestershire as a connected, creative and dynamic location. Jack is responsible for the LEP’s communications including monthly newsletters, media releases, events, websites, social media, among other responsibilities.

Part of his role entails promoting Worcestershire’s exceptional skills network. Jack’s role for the Worcestershire Careers Hub involves producing and executing the marketing and communications plan with the help of the county’s public and private sectors.

Jack has been with the Worcestershire LEP team for over 4 years after graduating from the University of Worcester with a BA degree in History. Jack has recently completed his Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing at the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Alex Price – PR, Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator

Alex joined the Worcestershire LEP team in 2017.

Alex works alongside Jack within the Marketing department for the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. Alex’s role as the PR, Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator is to assist with the marketing and profile for the LEP and develop the digital promotion and social media for the LEP’s skills agenda; this involves website management and social media campaign planning and delivery.

Alex has graduated from John Kyrle High School Sixth Form with A levels in ICT, Business Studies and Psychology. Alex has recently completed his Level 3 Digital Marketing Diploma and is now planning on completing the Digital Marketing Degree apprenticeship with local training provider, The Development Manager (TDM).