City’s first Enterprise Adviser is appointed

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A female engineering boss has become the first in Sheffield to support a new regional campaign to match employers with schools and colleges.

Marie Cooper, plant manager and director at President Engineering Group Ltd, has entered into The Enterprise Advisers programme for Sheffield City Region, which aims to bridge the gap between education and work, and promote the skills needed by the workforce of the future.

Marie has been matched with Bradfield School, where there is a strong tradition of interest in engineering and enterprise, and she is convinced of the value of the programme for addressing the major skills gap in engineering.

She said: “We need talented young people to secure the future of our industry, but we don’t just want high grades. It’s all about the wider skill set. That’s why working with schools is important.

“Employers can help to inform the curriculum and support schools in developing the broader qualities and skills that young people need for a successful future.”

Sheffield is one of five regions nationally that took part in a successful pilot phase of the Enterprise Advisers programme last year. The programme s now being rolled out across the UK.

Donna Barker, Assistant Head at Bradfield School, said: “Bradfield School places a great deal of value in working with employers and engaging them in direct contact with students. We believe it is highly important our students are involved in activities beyond the classroom and gain experience of the world of work.”

“Having a locally based Enterprise Adviser who is willing to get to know the school well is vital. They bring new ideas and local connections; along with a strategic perspective on how best to expand what we are already doing.”