Tuesday, May 24, 2016

News: Enterprising Amy recruited for new role

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Amy Stephenson, the founder and director of Human Recruitment in Rotherham, has been matched with local school, Wickersley School and Sports College, as part of a Enterprise Advisers programme, which sees volunteers from the world of work and business team up with schools to increase the quality and quantity of careers and enterprise learning for young people.

After being one of five pilot areas that helped to develop the scheme last year, the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) wants to match a volunteer Enterprise Adviser from the business and public sector with every secondary and special school and college in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Enterprise Advisers will help schools and colleges to prepare young people for future jobs and careers, develop a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement and link them to local business contacts and networks.

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Fourteen schools and colleges have already been matched through the programme in Rotherham, with more schools expressing an interest to join.

Amy was the first local business person to complete the application process to become an Enterprise Adviser when the Enterprise Adviser Network programme started in earnest earlier this year.

Founded three years ago, Human has offices in RiDO's Moorgate Crofts business centre and at Albion House in Sheffield and an independent and ethical approach to recruitment. It is a specialist HR, marketing and commercial recruitment and search agency.

Amy Stephenson, director of Human Recruitment (pictured, centre), said: "For me, the Enterprise Adviser programme is about giving back. My parents had businesses so I was introduced to the world of work at a young age, and I've worked with many business across the region throughout my career. I am really passionate about enterprise and employability skills and what they can do for young people and their futures. I had it instilled in me that anything is possible with hard work and a bit of determination. I want young people to feel as empowered as I did when I first left education."

Amy recently met with Rachel Mullins, head of careers at Wickersley, and Jess Stevenson, the school's assistant head. Rachel said: "We were looking for an Enterprise Adviser who had broad knowledge about what's out there and what employers are looking for, and Amy's background is ideal for that. We're excited about how the programme will add value to our work."

Assistant head, Jess Stevenson, added: "Our students are keen to hear directly from business people and employers about the world of work. It helps inspire them, and informs their thinking. This process will help us create more opportunities for young people to have those encounters."

Human Recruitment website
Enterprise Adviser website

Images: Enterprise Adviser SCR

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