Director Employment & Skills
My role as Director Employment & Skills is very varied, one day could be talking to young people about their career choices and then the next I could be talking to a large blue chip organisation about the corporate social responsibility, no two days are ever the same. My main duties are to oversee all the Constructionworks contracts and at the same time look for new and exciting opportunities that fit with our core values. I am a family man with over 15 years’ experience of managing welfare to work, training and Social Inclusion contracts around the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Vocational Tutor
I have been part of the Cityworks family for around 5 years now, during this time I have worked over various projects and programmes. As the Tutor and Assessor of the Business Administration qualification, it’s my job to support learners of all ages through their apprenticeship, both in class and at the work place. I’m also involved in the YEI programme, I provide CSCS training and assist unemployed learners aged 15 – 29 in gaining a CSCS card. I also teach various work skills to unemployed learners aged 16 – 24 during employability sessions as part of the Traineeship programme.
Finance & Operation Manager
As the Finance & Operations Manager, it is my job to ensure all the paperwork for different contracts is completed within the set deadlines. I work with all closely with our funders and external bodies. I also work alongside senior management to ensure the targets for the company are been achieved for Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Talent Match and the YEI Programme. I have worked for the company for nearly 7 years now, I have progressed through the company over the years and had various different roles within the company.
As the initial founder of Constructionworks, Engineeringworks and Cityworks in 2005 as a ‘not for profit’ organisation I’ve gained vast experience in delivering employment and training strategies direct within local industry and public sector. My ongoing challenge is the development of new business and training models that capture the social benefit and value from capital investments that grow locally. My background within the public and private sectors has given me a good understanding of the social landscape and where potential business/skills opportunities exist. Over the past 25 years I have worked on the myriad of national and local programmes, disentangling the jargon to find a smooth pathway through that’s good for the customer and our partners. I enjoy working with down to earth people. I’m just a normal person like you that also has issues with weight management, shopping and people who take too long to get to the point, I will never get that time back.
Functional Skills Tutor
I am a new to City works and I am excited to be involved in helping learners develop skills to help them achieve their work goals. In my role as the Functional Skills tutor, I support learners to improve their English and Maths. I also develop their work skills through Employability sessions. I am a very easy going and down to earth person, who is looking forward to working closely the learners to help them achieve their potential. Outside of work my focus is my family, as a mother of twin boys it is never dull or quiet.
Michelle Nichols
Business Development Manager
My role as Business Development Manager for Cityworks is varied and fulfilling. My main focus is supporting businesses with their plans for growth and development using the apprenticeship scheme to ensure quality training. I arrange the recruitment of learners wanting to gain a Traineeship or Apprenticeship in sectors such as Engineering, Business Admin and Construction. Working with the employer to ensure that this is an effective service. Working with local schools I meet students wanting advice about next steps, speak to teachers and career advisors about what we offer. I take part in their careers days, open events and parents evenings to offer the best advice and information I can so that they can make informed decisions about the future. I have had over 15 years’ experience in the education sector in roles as a Tutor as well as Business Development. I am part of a fantastic team who work together to promote quality training to our future workforce.
Office Co-ordinator
I have worked at Cityworks since November 2017 and I am loving every minute of it. Having worked in banking and Insurance for a lot of years I feel that the experience I have gained from meeting lots of different people has helped me with the role I have now as Office Co-ordinator. I meet lots of lovely individuals on a daily basis, including all of my colleagues and learners. I am the first point of contact at Cityworks and am always available to help and support.
Director of Learning
As Director of Learning I am responsible for setting up new projects regarding qualifications. I am responsible for all the Internal Quality Assurance across all sites dealing with External Awarding bodies regarding Apprenticeships and Traineeships. Part of this role includes mentoring and supporting all tutors across all sites. I am also responsible for accreditation of Investors in People, Matrix and ISO 9001.
The position of Administrator allows me to undertake clerical duties, implement and oversee office procedures, and ensure the efficient performance of all departments in the organisation. Having recently completed my degree in Sociology I have been able to put to use skills and understandings I have learnt through my studies.
Vocational Tutor
I am a relative newcomer in my position as a Tutor at Engineeringworks, having started with the company in February 2016. I am primarily involved in the Turning and Machining training, but also have a heavily classroom biased role. My outside interests mainly involve running, socialising and caring for my family.
Social Audit Manager
Currently coming up to my 10th year at Cityworks, having worked on various programmes within the Business. My present role as Social Audit Manager involves working alongside build regeneration partners to monitor and report on social value employment and training impacts both in the public and private sector.
Social Monitoring Administrator
In my job role here at Cityworks I deal with the Social Monitoring aspect of things. I collate all data from sites to give their overall social value in regards to local labour, apprentice's etc. I also deal with all construction traineeships for ages 16-24. My main focus outside of work is my family.
Lead Engineering Tutor
I have served a full indentured apprenticeship as aircraft tinsmith. I have worked in the aircraft industry at home and Middle East when I came home I worked in ship yards, food industry and general sheet metal in the glassworks and other industries. I started teaching in 2003 and involved in developing my own courses i.e. working at Heights abrasive wheels fabrication and welding, joinery milling and turning, pluming and electrics. I have excellent communication skills. I have worked on my own and as a team member. I can provide accurate technical drawings for a job and teach development drawings for the fabrication industry I am able to give concise instructions. I have the all teaching qualifications and assessor awards plus a lot of experience in maintenance and general sheet metal.
Recruitment and Engagement Officer
I am new to the Cityworks team as our Recruitment and Engagement Officer. My role is to support learners onto our Traineeship programme and also maintain strong relationships with local employers. Outside of work my main focus is my family and I’m currently working towards a degree in Business Management.