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Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference

Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference

Delegates from the business and education community are invited to the increasingly popular Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Skills and Employability Conference, as it enters into its sixth year.

With more than 16,000 students in North Derbyshire set to gain their GCSE and A level qualifications in the next five years, the conference aims to continue to strengthen links between education providers and local businesses to ensure that school leavers are work ready.

The last two years have been extremely challenging for students and employers, and it has never been more important to work together to ensure Chesterfield has the skills to grow and recover from those challenges. The conference will focus on the future skills and green growth agenda and examine the current recruitment challenges that employers face.

A selection of local skills providers based in Chesterfield & North Derbyshire will also be showcased in an exhibition at the event.

The Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council and Destination Chesterfield with support from Derbyshire North Careers Hub.

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Speakers at the Chesterfield Employability & Skills Conference 2022


Councillor Amanda SerjeantCllr Amanda Serjeant, Deputy Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council 

Since being elected to Chesterfield Borough Council in 2011, Amanda has served on the Cabinet, initially as Assistant Member for Housing, and then as Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism. In 2017 she was elected as Deputy Leader as part of the borough’s first all-woman leadership team.


Amanda is Vice-Chair of Destination Chesterfield, a Trustee for the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre, represents Chesterfield Borough Council at East Midlands Councils Employers Board and sits on the Local Government Association’s Resources Board which focuses on local government finance.

In her professional career she is a former secondary school teacher and was a Subject Expert for the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).


People & Skills Priorities: Building Future Skills

Fiona BakerFiona Baker, Head of People and Skills at D2N2 LEP 

Fiona’s career has focused on training and education, working on both commissioning and delivery aspects including managing Train to Gain and Apprenticeships whilst at the Learning and Skills Council.  She subsequently held senior business roles within FE colleges and most recently has worked for LLEP and currently D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnerships as strategic skills lead.


Careers Hub Showcase: Cornerstone Employers Supporting our Future Workforce

Lindsay Rowe MCIBSE, Principal Mechanical Engineer at AECOM

Originally from Northumberland, Lindsay has lived on the Sheffield/North Derbyshire border since 1998 and has worked at the Chesterfield branch of AECOM for 10 years.

As a degree qualified Chartered Engineer with over 20 years experience, Lindsay has worked on a variety of projects in the Healthcare, Education, Prison service and Commercial sectors. Recent projects include the new engine testbed facility at Rolls Royce Derby and she is currently leading the MEP works for the MoJ’s Probation Service Unification Programme involving works to over 60 probation service sites nationally, the first one being right here in Chesterfield completed in 2021.

Lindsay is also involved with mentoring of graduate engineers and is the STEM coordinator for AECOM’s Chesterfield branch. She is an active STEM Ambassador and has recently started working with Eckington School as their Enterprise Advisor.


Staveley Town Deal: Start, Stay and Grow in Staveley

Ivan Fomin 2022 Ivan Fomin, Managing Director of MSE Hiller

Ivan has lived and worked all over the UK as an engineer. Ivan moved to Chesterfield in 1990, when he founded MSE Hiller based in Chesterfield. Ivan is also a Destination Chesterfield Board Member and Chair of Staveley Town Deal Board.



Post 16 Future Skills Agenda

Julie RichardsJulie Richards – Principal and CEO of the Chesterfield College Group

Julie was appointed Principal and CEO of the Chesterfield College Group in 2017. Julie joined the college group as an Executive Director of Business Enterprise in 2009 before being promoted to Deputy Principal in 2011. Julie has a master’s degree in strategic leadership and has worked in Further Education for almost 30 years, spending the last 20 years in senior management roles.


The Shape of Future Skills in Higher Education: University of Derby

Robin Webber-JonesRobin Webber-Jones, Head of Apprenticeships at the University of Derby

Robin is Head of Apprenticeships at the University of Derby. He has had a 17-year career working in skills. He has been involved in the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework, sits on the QAA Access Committee and is a founding Director of Higher Opportunities – a not for profit which undertakes research to support progression for underrepresented groups to access higher levels of education.

His PhD study is focusing on how Further and Higher Education can better collaborate to improve social mobility, and his latest book on leadership in education is out later in 2022.


Employer Panel: Current Recruitment Challenges

Chair of the panel discussion:

Reece Berry Reece Berry, Apprentice Software Engineer at Weightron Bilanciai Ltd

Reece is a Apprentice Software Engineer at Weightron Bilanciai. He chose to go down the apprenticeship route as he is passionate about IT and software development and he gets to have hands on experience of it every day.

Weightron Bilanciai is providing him the training, support, and skills he requires to undertake the challenge of becoming a highly skilled software engineer and developer. Reece is currently completing a degree qualification at Sheffield Hallam University whilst working.


Nick Catt Nick Catt, Managing Director of Weightron Bilanciai Ltd

Nick has grown up working in the weighing equipment sector, having started as a trainee service technician and now is the Managing Director of Weightron Bilanciai Ltd, a weighing and software automation business.

Having spent the last 20 years with between 4 to 6 months abroad working for his parent company Bilanciai Italy in places such as America, Brazil, China, Australia, Canada, working and living in Modena Italy he has a global view of the world and business. In 2019 he decided to reduce his travel and devote more time to UK business and family.

Nick is passionate about the sector he works in, having been a board member and President of the Sectors Trade Association, he is now actively involved in Made in Chesterfield meetings and recent school workplace visits.


Alan GrantAlan Grant, Chief Operations Officer, Elliot Mather LLP

Alan has been the Chief Operations Officer of Elliot Mather LLP, a leading East Midlands Legal Firm since 2016. He has over 15 years management and leadership experience within the legal, regulatory, insolvency and insurance sectors. As a result of his experience, he is recognised as a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Alan has a passion for developing access to careers within the professional services profession.


Jane HoughtonJane Houghton, Talent Acquisition & Staff Development Manager for Global Brands Ltd 

Jane has worked in Chesterfield for over 12 years as Talent Acquisition & Staff Development Manager at Global Brands Ltd. Jane has a diverse career to date, she started in the Foreign & Commonwealth office for 20 years working overseas and then decided to emigrate to New Zealand and start a completely new life. That led to a 2nd new life in Australia before she decided that the UK was actually a great option and finally returned home.


Andrea Shuttleworth 150x150Andrea Shuttleworth, Hospitality Recruiter & Talent Acquisition for Casa Hotel and Peak Edge

Andrea is originally from South Africa and has worked in the hospitality sector all her life, in hotels and restaurants both in South Africa and the UK … She even married a chef!

Having held various positions in interesting venues (castle, safari lodge, wine farm to name a few) she now applies her knowledge and experience in Talent Acquisition for two local hotels – Casa Hotel and Peak Edge Hotel.


The event is open to businesses, schools and education providers in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire. To book your free place please register using the button below. Please note this event is open to a maximum of 2 delegates per organisation.

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Further information – accessibility and photography/videography

Organisers are keen to ensure you have the best possible experience at the event, if you have any accessibility, dietary or other specific requirements, please tick the accessibility box when booking and a member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of the team before booking, please either email or call 01246 207207 and ask to speak to Melissa.

As Destination Chesterfield is keen to promote all of its activity, naturally we need to advise you that in booking on to this event, you are granting us all rights to photographs and recordings that we & our representatives may take of you or your associates at the event. This includes (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. However, rest assured that if you would prefer not to be photographed or recorded, contact us prior to the event or if not possible on the day before the start of the event.

By booking, you give consent for Destination Chesterfield to contact you regarding this event and to your details being stored and used as per our privacy notice.

Find out about the local skills providers exhibiting at the event:

Chesterfield College

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Derbyshire County Council

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GBS Apprenticeships

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Learning Unlimited

One to One Support Services


YMCA Key College

Click here to visit My Future pod


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