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Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference

Delegates from the business and education community attended the increasingly popular Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Skills and Employability Conference, as it entered its fifth year.

With more than 14,000 students in North Derbyshire set to gain their GCSE and A level qualifications in the next five years, the Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Skills and Employability Conference continues to strengthen links between education providers and local businesses to ensure that school leavers are work ready.

2020 was extremely challenging for students and employers, and it has never been more important to work together to ensure Chesterfield has the skills required for the recovery phase and beyond. Challenge and change have become the ‘new normal’ over the last year and this year’s event examined how we have come together to think differently about the problems we face. It celebrated the innovative projects that have been developed in Chesterfield, such as the My Future careers platform, to overcome these challenges and ensure the development of our future workforce continues to be a priority.

The conference brought together leaders from the local education and business community to develop solutions that will ensure a strong pipeline of talent is being developed across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire providing a future workforce with the skills required by employers.

The Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, D2N2 Enterprise Advisor Network, CEC and Destination Chesterfield.


Speakers include:

Richard Gerver, Bestselling Author and Award-winning Speaker

Described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. Richard is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker. Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, he famously transformed the school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround.

Richard has since transitioned to the global stage where he has had the opportunity to regularly advise governments and major corporations globally, including Google, Visa, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Harrods, Puig and Telefonica. Richard uses his trademark humour and natural style to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches that explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation.

Rachel Quinn, Head of People and Skills at D2N2 LEP

Rachel leads on D2N2’s People and Skills strategy and programmes and policy relating to careers, employability, social inclusion and inclusive growth. Rachel also facilitates strategic engagement of the voluntary and community sector.

Rachel’s career to date has spanned three sectors, including the financial sector and local authority Environmental Health. Prior to joining D2N2 she held senior roles within the VCS, in both urban and rural settings. Rachel’s professional interests include health, housing, inclusive growth, multi-agency working and sectoral leadership.

James Brand, Managing Director at United Cast Bar Ltd & board member of D2N2 LEP

James has grown up living with and working in the Metals Industry. James’s current role is Managing Director for United Cast Bar, a foundry based in Chesterfield and is an active board member of D2N2 LEP, with a focus on improving skills and careers information for young people. Working with Destination Chesterfield, James chairs their Manufacturing Forum along with steering Chesterfield’s annual Made in Chesterfield event designed to introduce younger generation to Manufacturing and all it has to offer as a career.

James has a passion for promoting careers and roles within the manufacturing and engineering sector, his role as LEP board member and involvements in initiatives such as Made in Chesterfield are valuable in contributing to the development of the future workforce.

James Lund, Interim Director of Sales at Chesterfield College Group

James joined the Chesterfield College Group in 2013 as a Business Advisor based in the Derby office. He has since been promoted to Business Development Manager for Engineering, Automotive & Construction, then became Head of Sales and has recently been appointed as Director of Sales. Since completing his Banking and Finance Degree at Loughborough University, James has worked for over 20 years within the business support and training arena across much of the East Midlands area.






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