Meet the Unlocking Potential Hub - What Next? Team

Jae Hodgson - Education Business Advisor

Hello, my name is Jae and I am the Education Business Advisor for The Unlocking Potential Hub – What’s Next Project at Futures For Business. My role is to support small to medium sized businesses in engaging with schools in the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire area to support with school career events. The events can range from anything from supporting on a mock interview day, attending a careers fair, offering workplace tours and much more. Employer engagement is vital for our local schools in helping to inspire school students to think about What’s Next and to try to encourage different options that may not have been thought about before.


Jack Sutton - Education Business Co-ordinator

Hi, I am Jack, an Education Business Coordinator for the Unlocking Potential Hub – What Next project.

My role is to create links between local small/medium enterprises and secondary schools, as a way to enhance the careers curriculum for young people to benefit from. I come from a background in Careers and Education, previously working at a University and also with a teacher training organisation.

 

Julia Williams - Education Business Co-ordinator

My name is Julia Williams and I am an Education Business Coordinator working as part of a team delivering on the Unlocking Potential – What Next programme.  This is a three year European Social Funded (ESF) project, which has been designed to increase the quality of careers education and ultimately raise the aspirations and outcomes of the student population, we serve. 

This is achieved through the interaction of working with a group of dedicated and committed Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s), who have demonstrated a willingness to support and inspire the next generation, to be the best they can be.

The role of the Education Business Coordinator is also influenced by Local Marketing Information (LMI), which we are able to share with our schools and students.  This information enables us to support schools in the delivery of their Careers Strategy and the attainment of their Gatsby Benchmarks.

I am passionate about making a difference and influencing the next generation to aim high, work hard and achieve.

 

Julia Matthews- Enterprise Co-Ordinator

For the past three years following a long period in the business sector I have been at Futures for Business working with Alternative provision providers and mainstream schools.

My most recent role has been working on a Careers and Enterprise contract which is managed by Futures and D2N2, this supports the Unlocking potential project.  As an Enterprise Coordinator I work with schools in North Nottinghamshire supporting schools with their Careers provision ensuring statutory guidance is followed.  Employer engagement is a large part of our role when recruiting Enterprise Advisors who are senior business leaders who work directly with individual schools in our geographical area, working as a critical friend with a business focused approach.  New to our role in autumn 2021 we will be engaging a group of key businesses to work to a commitment plan within our cornerstone network, supporting the newly formed Careers hubs.  Launch events will be planned, Steering groups formed and a more targeted approach working with schools will be applied.

Unlocking potential and the Careers hubs offer targeted support for schools aligning engagement between employer and education addressing future skills gaps and ageing workforces.

 

Lauren Oldfield - Enterprise Co-ordinator

I’m Lauren Oldfield and have a background in recruitment along with school and employer engagement within STEM Education.  I started with Futures in July 2021 as an Enterprise Coordinator, sitting at the heart of the South Nottinghamshire Careers Hub alongside Rachel Boseley.  In my role, I will be supporting Career Leaders from 17 schools and colleges, predominantly in the city, to improve their careers and enterprise activities and to engage with the world of work.  In addition, I work with the wider Unlocking Potential team to make introductions to SMEs to support on a project that focuses on young people at risk of NEET and getting them into next steps of work, further education or training.   

 

Rachel Boseley - Enterprise Co-Ordinator

My name is Rachel Boseley and in July 2021 I started my new role as Enterprise Coordinator working for Futures as part of the ‘Unlocking Potential Hub’

My background is school based having worked in secondary education for almost 20 years, 6 of which as a ‘Careers Coordinator’. My passion is in careers and supporting young people to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to be prepared for the ever changing world of work. The role of ‘Enterprise Coordinator’ was a natural progression for me as it enables me to now work with a cluster of schools and colleges to help them improve their careers and enterprise activities and to engage with the world of work. Working closely with the D2N2 LEP and the Careers and Enterprise Company ensures effective engagement with employers and the self-employed which, in turn, also helps to identify SME’s to support and engage with schools via the Unlocking Potential Hub. I work alongside the ‘Business Education Coordinators’ to ensure there is an element of SME involvement included in school activities by coordinating joint meetings with schools for them to understand how the roles compliment and support each other. The range of expertise, within all the organisations linked with the Enterprise Coordinator role, have a direct impact on ensuring positive outcomes for young people.

 

Jessica Murray

Hi, I’m Jess. I am the contracts manger for this project. I am over the moon to be working on a project that helps to inspire young people for their future career. Working closely with some key delivery partners, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Workpays and Princes Trust, we are continuing to build and create meaningful projects that provide a meaningful experience to those engaged. We are always looking for new ways to broaden our projects and activities and would welcome any organisation contacting us to find out more.