Director of Operations
A skilled Operational and Project Manager, Julie has over 30 years’ experience in managing successful programmes and interventions to support local unemployed individuals secure sustainable employment. She has spent a significant number of years developing relationships with Employers to secure and generate new opportunities for unemployed individuals.
Julie has previously worked for Wakefield Council and DWP. Whilst at Wakefield Council she project managed Wakefield’s Leeds City Region funded Head Start programme, supporting long term unemployed 18-24 year olds into sustainable employment. Additional experience has also been gained during her time at DWP, having provided support to large employers in the District by understanding needs and demand, and identifying opportunities for Jobcentre Plus to provide recruitment solutions to meet their requirements. She also helped develop a sub-regional CITB Pilot to help provide work experience placements to candidates, leading to apprenticeships and secured vacancies.
Social Value Programme Manager
Paul joined Efficiency North in 2010 bringing a wealth of experience in project management. Since 2014 Paul has led the organisations social value delivery offer, including apprenticeship recruitment through EN’s framework contracts, the EN:Able Community Investment Fund and the award of grants of over £600,000 and the creation of our charity EN:Able Communities CIO.
Since the new strategy was implemented, Paul and his colleague Caroline have helped generate 402 (to end of March 2018) new employment/training positions through framework contracts and commissioned with ‘local employment groups’ (LEGs) across the Yorkshire and Humber region. 79% of these coming from the diverse priority groups (those furthest from the labour market) our members want to see in work.
Paul has been a PRINCE2 Practitioner since 2004. He has worked in the Public-Sector realm for over 20 years, primarily with Sheffield City Council on the £90m South Yorkshire e-Learning Programme (SYeLP), the largest e-Learning programme of its kind in Europe. Paul managed the central programme team that helped contribute to the delivery of over 50,000 NVQ level 2 qualifications to people within South Yorkshire.
Nicky has been a key member of the EN:Able Futures team from the outset, as our Placement Support Officer.
Nicky has extensive experience in developing and promoting training provision, performance management, as well as engagement with both business and apprentices. At the forefront of the business, Nicky is the main point of contact for our apprentices and business supporters.
For our apprentices, she provides pastoral support, coordinates and supports learning and development needs, whilst also offering mentoring to ensure that our apprentices achieve and work effectively for your business as they build and strengthen their skills.
For our business supporters, Nicky effectively manages your apprenticeship requirements, assessing feasibility and then providing you with outstanding recruitment services to ensure that you recruit the best candidate for the job.
Humber Construction Hub – Training / Site Manager
Nigel began his career serving in the British Army with postings in operational theatres throughout the world, including Bosnia and Africa, and also in the then newly created Army Foundation College. Having initially trained in transport, he holds numerous driving licences including HGV and Coach as well as transport management qualifications. He is also a trained Telecommunications engineer, specialising in Fibre Optic and Data Communication.
After leaving the military, he worked in communications in various areas of the UK and the Netherlands. More recently, Nigel has worked as a Facilities Manager and Training Manager, having spent nearly 10 years working in Facilities Management in the Higher and Further Education Sector, being involved in the design and build of a £25m University Build project. Following this he ran a training company specialising in the Security Industry, First Aid and Health & Safety. He is a fully qualified Trainer, Assessor & Internal Quality Assurance Manager as well as an End Point Assessor for Apprenticeship programmes.
Nigel joined EN:Able Futures in May 2019 to manage the newly established Humber Construction Hub in North Hull. His key role is to bring together training providers and construction companies in the Humber region to maximise workplace training and employment opportunities for people wishing to enter the construction industry.
Hannah joined EN:Able Futures as a Development Coach in January 2018 and is thoroughly enjoying the time she has spent working to develop the academy so far. Hannah has been working on various learner engagement tactics and campaigns to recruit for the exciting new Academy venture. Hannah works incredibly hard alongside host organisations to establish the needs and requirements to match suitable candidates to them.
Before Hannah joined Efficiency North/EN:Able Futures, she worked for an independent college in Barnsley for almost 5 years, supporting young people who are considered ‘hard to reach’ to overcome various barriers to learning and ultimately progress into apprenticeships and courses. Hannah has lots of experience mainly in the areas of learner and employer engagement and careers guidance. Hannah is currently working towards my Level 6 IAG post graduate diploma, after completing levels 3 and 4.
Tracy joined EN:Able Futures in October 2019, bringing 30 years’ experience in customer service and training and development environments, where she has worked directly with apprentices and built employer relationships to generate new opportunities, managed apprenticeship contracts and management information.
After beginning her career at the inland revenue, Tracy helped run the family business before progressing to a management role at Ventura Customer Service Management.
She subsequently enjoyed a key role as customised and vocational training manager at regeneration project, ‘Bradford Trident’, working with unemployed residents within the local community to support the development of skills needed for them to enter the workforce.
Tracy then gained a huge amount of experience at City Training Services, part of the Bradford College group, working with apprenticeship programmes across Health, Public Service and Care. Alongside colleagues at Bradford college Tracy developed and introduced new apprenticeship opportunities such as Housing, Dental Nursing and Pharmacy apprenticeships.
Tracy holds the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice, Internal QMS Auditor ISO 9001:2000, City & Guilds Health & Safety, ILM NVQ Level 3 and OCR Level 3 certificate in Advice and Guidance.
Social Value Advisor
Caroline joined Efficiency North in November 2015 following the completion of her work on Silver Lining, an 18-month project with SYCIL (South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living) to improve the digital skills of people experiencing social isolation.
Caroline previously worked within the IT sector specialising in Problem Management and Service readiness. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems, the ITIL Managers (v2) and Prince2 foundation certificate. Caroline is currently pursuing her IAG Level 4 qualification.
She works with the Social Value manager to boost Efficiency North’s social value strategy, supporting apprentices into training opportunities provided through EN:Procure’s frameworks and providing support advice and guidance. She works with a network of local employment groups (LEGs)commissioned by Efficiency North to help more people from our priority groups into apprenticeships or employed positions .Caroline also provides support to EN:Able Communities CIO.
Caroline is a governor in two schools and an active participant in the yearly ESH Building My Skills programme, providing careers advice and guidance within schools. Caroline gained Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance in November 2018.
Catherine (Cath) has been a key member of EN:Able Futures from it’s infancy.
Catherine works closely with the Executive team to provide data analysis to support ongoing operations and sustainability of the organisation. Catherine is responsible for managing EN:Able Futures’ bespoke CRM, apprentice wages and other payments, and business management of the office.
Catherine has extensive experience empowering and supporting people in to work within the Welfare to Work sector, with expertise in relationship management, employability preparation, training and welfare.
Eddy joined the team in 2016 as our Business Support Apprentice.
Eddy has recently been awarded the responsibility of becoming business Coordinator after completing his level 3 apprenticeship qualification in Business Administration within the EN:Able Futures team.
Eddy is responsible for looking after our recruitment system, Bullhorn, ensuring all our vacancies are advertised via job sites and social media and that vacancies are updated regularly. With our mobile team, Eddy provides support in the office to all members of our team. As part of this his duties can include booking interviews, monitoring and sifting applications, communications with our apprentices, maintaining of our filing systems and any other administrative task that is sent his way.
Construction Skills 4 Life Project Coordinator/Mentor
Julia joined EN:Able Futures in October 2019, bringing 18 years’ experience supporting vulnerable young people with complex needs.
She previously worked in a residential home in Sheffield looking after homeless young people, supporting them from point of referral through to independent living. As well as providing emotional support and teaching life skills, Julia helped them progress into education, training and employment. She has also spent 2 years mentoring young offenders in Doncaster prison as a volunteer with SOVA.
Julia’s role is to ensure that EN:Able Futures’ Construction Skills 4 Life (CS4L) Programme is delivered to CITB’s standards. Working in partnership with the training providers delivering the practical elements of the project, Julia will engage with at least 1,500 young people to showcase what it’s like to work in construction, with the aim that 150 of these will progress onto a Pathways into Construction programme, that will give them all the necessary help, support, guidance, training and work experience needed to move on into the world of work. Julia will also help mentor any young person who needs support and break down any barriers stopping them from getting into work.
Julia holds a BA Honours degree in Health and Social Care Management.