The aim of this group is to achieve an evidence-based understanding of the current position of skills in the region and to advocate for system changes which will address major gaps.
The Group works with local education authorities and providers and is focusing on three priorities:
- Career Education in Schools - it is imperative that young people get the best possible education about career opportunities available to them, particularly in their local area, and the various pathways they can take.
- Apprenticeships and Training - apprenticeships create a school-to-industry pipeline enabling students to simultaneously earn qualifications, gain experience, and get paid work.
- Digital Skills - the pandemic has transformed and accelerated the use of technology in the way businesses and academic institutions operate.
Skills Project Group Interim Chair: Bob Ensch, Business Development Director, Morgan Sindall
Having led Morgan Sindall Construction’s business in Cambridge for over 10 years, Bob has recently moved into a part-time role assisting the new Area Director. The company operates across the public and private sectors to deliver the social infrastructure around us – from schools, universities and hospitals to retail, office and leisure environments.
Bob has also been a non-executive director of TrAC (www.tracweb.co.uk), an apprenticeship training agency in the construction industry in the East of England for the last 7 years, and is a Trustee of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (www.cfci.org.uk). Bob represents Morgan Sindall Construction as a member of Cambridge Ahead, and also sits on the Employment and Skills Board for the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority.
Project Group Members
- Arm*: Khaled Benkrid, Director of Education and Research / Nicholas Sample, Senior Manager, Arm School Program
- Anglia Ruskin University*: Jon Bouffler, Director of Learning Development Services
- AstraZeneca*: Jacqui Halls, Vice President of Learning, Standards and Insights
- Aveva*: Charlotte Steggall, Early Careers and Talent Social Media Manager
- Birketts*: Abigail Trencher, Partner & Head of Employment Law
- Cambridge Assessment: Tim Oates, Group Director Assessment, Research & Development
- Cambridgeshire County Council: Jonathan Lewis, Service Director: Education
- Cambridge Regional College: Michelle Dowse, Deputy Principal
- Cambridge University Hospitals*: Vanessa Anderson, Apprenticeship Programme Manager / Karen Clarke, Associate Director of Workforce
- Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority: Fliss Miller, Senior Responsible Officer (Workforce & Skills) / Laura Guymer, Apprenticeship Levy Advisor
- Careers and Enterprise Company: Daryl Keyworth, Regional Lead
- The Crown Estate*: Deborah Clark, Community Investment Manager
- Deloitte*: Dr Samuel Smithers, Executive, Financial Advisory
- First Base*:Joel Colthart, Project Manager
- First Intuition*:Gareth John, CEO
- Frontier Developments*: Robert Senior, Head of Talent
- Form the Future: Anne Bailey, Co-Founder and Director
- Hill* / Women into Construction CIC: Shelley Lawrence, Project Manager
- Huntingdonshire District Council: Paul Gibbons, Economic Development Officer
- Jagex*: Emma Hall, Lead Developer
- Marshall of Cambridge*: Christopher Walkinshaw, Group Corporate Communications Director
- Mick George*: Stuart Costello, Marketing Director
- Mills and Reeve*: Sandy Boyle, Head of HR
- Morgan Sindall*: Helen Clements, Community Investment Advisor
- Mott MacDonald*: Rosie Lugg, Education Advisor
- OneNucleus: Tony Jones, CEO
- RAND*: Pri Pinnaduwa, HR Director
- Swavesey Village College: Andrew Daly, Principal
- Trinity College*: Jon Datta, Outreach Coordinator
- Urban & Civic*: Rebecca Britton, Communications, Communities and Partnerships
- Volac*: Mary-Rose Gavin, Learning and Development Manager
- Wellcome Sanger Institute*: Julia Wilson, Associate Director
* Member/Member organisation
- Jane Paterson-Todd, CEO
- Dan Thorp, Director of Policy and Programmes
- Lawrence Morris, Manager of Policy and Programmes
Career Insight Videos
The Skills Group is passionate about the importance of young people getting the best possible education regarding the career opportunities available to them and the various pathways they can take into work.
In order to support this objective, raise career aspirations and broaden horizons for young people, we have produced a series of careers videos for use in schools and colleges across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
These feature young people from across a range of sectors from with Cambridge Ahead membership organisations and beyond.
Latest News & Insights
Skills for Jobs - Summary of Our Response
We have written to Government in response to the Skills for Jobs White Paper. Our response seeks to inform implementation of Government policy ambitions and offer opportunities where industry in Cambridge can collaborate with all tiers of Government to play a major role in doing so.
DIGITAL DELIVERY OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING LOOKS SET TO STAY, IN SOME FORM: WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR PEOPLE AND PLACES?
Over the course of early 2021 Cambridge Ahead conducted interviews with secondary schools, further education colleges, universities, and employers. This sought to understand what lessons had been learned from a year of enforced digital delivery...