Inspiring the next generation of talent across Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Away from the national noise…many miles from the din surrounding Brexit and the various potential scenarios we have laid out in front of us, there is something rather special going on in our 2 counties. In fact, it is not just one thing…it is lots of things, a whole host of initiatives aimed at making Herefordshire and Worcestershire even better places to build businesses and careers. Whilst it is easy to get sucked into the malaise that seems to envelop our politicians, there are plenty of positives to be had when we look at the local region.
In March, the Chateau Impney was the location of the annual Worcestershire Skills Show. This was the biggest and best yet, with over 4,000 young people from over 40 schools and colleges given the opportunity to meet and mingle with over 120 businesses. There was a keen focus on STEM, with businesses including Worcester Bosch, Mazak, and Open GI providing “have a go” activities, whilst SME’s from all sectors across Worcestershire took the opportunity to build links with schools and engage with the young people who will be their employees of tomorrow.
The Skills Show is one of the showpiece programmes of the Future Skills Programme, which also delivers the Enterprise Advisor Network, Careers Hub and Apprenticeship meeting in Worcestershire. These initiatives are all focused on improving the level and quality of careers guidance in all educational establishments across the whole county, with business engagement and participation the key. Hewett Recruitment was proud to become the first ‘Cornerstone Employer’ in Worcestershire, announced at the WLEP Conference in November, and Ben Mannion’s work as Chair of the Future Skills Board ensures we will continue to help drive the skills and careers agenda locally.
Meanwhile, over the border in Herefordshire, March also saw NMiTE’s ‘The Next Phase’ event take place. The ‘New Model in Technology & Engineering’ – or as many people will know it, Hereford University – will open the doors to its ‘Pioneer Cohort’ in September of this year. The event – sponsored by Hewett Recruitment – gave attendees the chance to learn more about all the work that has been done so far to get the University off the ground. This included hearing from the ‘Design Cohort’ that have spent the last 12 months shaping the look and feel of the University and the Masters in Integrated Engineering that it will deliver, as well as having a tour of some of the facilities that are in development.
If you would like to find out more about any of the events and initiatives detailed above, then please contact Ben Mannion on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01562 69090.