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Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference

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Do you want to know more about opportunities, funding and support available to upskill your workforce? The next Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference will highlight the support available to businesses and provide the opportunity to meet advisors and leaders who will update you on emerging topics, initiatives, funding and opportunities.

The agenda will update on inclusive growth and recruitment, upskilling support for business and a new skills brokerage service which will provide specialist impartial advice with a range of workforce development solutions from recruitment and succession planning to assistance with apprenticeships and information on funded courses.

Time will be dedicated to an Interactive Round Table, where you will be able to engage with and ask the expert table hosts questions about skills support and funding.

Speakers, table hosts and exhibitors will be on hand to answer your questions. Click here to see the organisations attending on the day.

The conference seeks to strengthen existing links between education providers and local businesses to ensure school leavers are work-ready and have the opportunity to ‘make it’ in their hometown.

The Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference is delivered by the Chesterfield Skills and Employment Partnership in association with Chesterfield Borough Council and Destination Chesterfield.

Event Speakers

Female leader of Chesterfield Borough Council in red jacket on Town Hall balcony Cllr Tricia Gilby – Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council





Jayne Sibley BHP HR team   Jayne Sibley – HR Manager, BHP Chartered Accountants

Jayne has been a HR Professional with BHP since 2016, one of the leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants in the Region.  She has a particular interest in Early Careers Recruitment and developing BHP’s talent pipeline through relationships with education providers and stakeholders to make careers in Finance attractive and accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.

In addition to her role in recruitment, Jayne supports 80 of the 140 trainees/apprentices to achieve their professional qualifications as Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers.

Isaac Marbridge BHP ApprenticeIsaac Marbridge – Semi Senior Accoutant, BHP Chartered Accountants

Isaac has worked at BHP for three years, and during that time, has completed the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) level 4 apprenticeship and is now studying to become a Chartered Accountant via a level 7 ACCA apprenticeship. In the workplace, Isaac is part of the charities and academies team, and has worked across a range of clients, operating in many different industry sectors.

Isaac’s studies and practical work experience have complemented each other and he has progressed in his role to become a semi-senior accountant.

Will Morlidge D2N2 LEPWill Morlidge – Chief Executive, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

Will was appointed as Chief Executive in May 2022, following on from his role as Interim Chief Executive since August 2021.

He joined the D2N2 LEP in 2020 as Head of Strategy and Policy, leading the development of D2N2’s Recovery and Growth Strategy and policy relating to social inclusion and inclusive growth, energy and sustainable development and our approach to rural issues. Will is also a volunteer Enterprise Adviser with Nethergate School in Nottingham as part of our Enterprise Adviser Network programme.

Michael Timmins -AECOM director joins Destination Chesterfield boardMichael Timmins, Director at AECOM and Chair of Skills & Employability Partnership 





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.

Skills and Employability Exhibitors

Interested to learn what funding and training is available for your business? These organisations will be on hand to provide further information and answer your questions. Please note more organisations will be added to this page once confirmed.

Click on the logos below to learn more.


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