Director Employment & Skills
My role as Director Employment & Skills is very varied, one day could be talking to young people about their career choices and then the next I could be talking to a large blue chip organisation about the corporate social responsibility, no two days are ever the same. My main duties are to oversee all the Constructionworks contracts and at the same time look for new and exciting opportunities that fit with our core values. I am a family man with over 15 years’ experience of managing welfare to work, training and Social Inclusion contracts around the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Finance & Operation Manager
As the Finance & Operations Manager, it is my job to ensure all the paperwork for different contracts is completed within the set deadlines. I work with all closely with our funders and external bodies. I also work alongside senior management to ensure the targets for the company are been achieved for Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Talent Match and the YEI Programme. I have worked for the company for nearly 7 years now, I have progressed through the company over the years and had various different roles within the company.
As the initial founder of Constructionworks, Engineeringworks and Cityworks in 2005 as a ‘not for profit’ organisation I’ve gained vast experience in delivering employment and training strategies direct within local industry and public sector. My ongoing challenge is the development of new business and training models that capture the social benefit and value from capital investments that grow locally. My background within the public and private sectors has given me a good understanding of the social landscape and where potential business/skills opportunities exist. Over the past 25 years I have worked on the myriad of national and local programmes, disentangling the jargon to find a smooth pathway through that’s good for the customer and our partners. I enjoy working with down to earth people. I’m just a normal person like you that also has issues with weight management, shopping and people who take too long to get to the point, I will never get that time back.
Michelle Nichols
Business Development Manager
My role as Business Development Manager for Cityworks is varied and fulfilling. My main focus is supporting businesses with their plans for growth and development using the apprenticeship scheme to ensure quality training. I arrange the recruitment of learners wanting to gain a Traineeship or Apprenticeship in sectors such as Engineering, Business Admin and Construction. Working with the employer to ensure that this is an effective service. Working with local schools I meet students wanting advice about next steps, speak to teachers and career advisors about what we offer. I take part in their careers days, open events and parents evenings to offer the best advice and information I can so that they can make informed decisions about the future. I have had over 15 years’ experience in the education sector in roles as a Tutor as well as Business Development. I am part of a fantastic team who work together to promote quality training to our future workforce.
Office Co-ordinator
I have worked at Cityworks since November 2017 and I am loving every minute of it. Having worked in banking and Insurance for a lot of years I feel that the experience I have gained from meeting lots of different people has helped me with the role I have now as Office Co-ordinator. I meet lots of lovely individuals on a daily basis, including all of my colleagues and learners. I am the first point of contact at Cityworks and am always available to help and support.
Director of Learning
As Director of Learning I am responsible for setting up new projects regarding qualifications. I am responsible for all the Internal Quality Assurance across all sites dealing with External Awarding bodies regarding Apprenticeships and Traineeships. Part of this role includes mentoring and supporting all tutors across all sites. I am also responsible for accreditation of Investors in People, Matrix and ISO 9001.
Trainee Support Manager
The role of Trainee Support Manager allows me to implement and oversee office procedures, as well as help to manage contracts and liaise with external organisations. Having recently completed my BA (Hons) in Sociology I am now developing my skills and knowledge further by undertaking a Level 5 Leadership and Management Apprenticeship, enabling me to gain experience and learn whilst on the job.
Social Audit Manager
Currently coming up to my 10th year at Cityworks, having worked on various programmes within the Business. My present role as Social Audit Manager involves working alongside build regeneration partners to monitor and report on social value employment and training impacts both in the public and private sector.
Social Monitoring Administrator
In my job role here at Cityworks I deal with the Social Monitoring aspect of things. I collate all data from sites to give their overall social value in regards to local labour, apprentice's etc. I also deal with all construction traineeships for ages 16-24. My main focus outside of work is my family.
Recruitment and Engagement Officer
I am new to the Cityworks team as our Recruitment and Engagement Officer. My role is to support learners onto our Traineeship programme and also maintain strong relationships with local employers. Outside of work my main focus is my family and I’m currently working towards a degree in Business Management.
Vocational Tutor
My main responsibility as Vocational Tutor is the delivery of the employability passport programme. Having spent over 30 years in business management working with a number of large PLC organisations, including a major international recruitment company, has provided me with the experience to give the learners a practical and realistic insight into the skills and more importantly instilling the correct attitude and confidence to kick-start their careers. Delivering this programme provides me with job satisfaction and keeps me in touch with the current issues relating to the local job market and the sometimes challenging requirements of our young learners.
Engineering Tutor
I am a time served maintenance engineer with experience across a broad range of manufacturing sectors. My role as Engineering Tutor is to support learners on their current pathway by giving them the skills and knowledge they will need to become effective and valued workers in their workplace. I assess their progress and guide them towards achieving the recognised standard.
As the newest member of Engineering Works I joined in November 2019. My two main roles within the company are to deliver Functional Skills to Apprentices and Traineeships. My other role is to be an assessor for the Customer Service apprenticeships that are currently working towards this qualification. I have been involved in training apprenticeships since 2002 when I left the Armed Forces and have been delivering functional skills since 2007 when they started and delivered key skills prior to this. Although I have only been at Engineering Works since November 2019 It feels like I have been there a lot longer as everyone has made me feel really welcome.