Heathcotes MD is headline speaker at Employability and Skills Conference

22nd Jan 2019


Brendan Kelly, Managing Director of Heathcotes Group, will be a headline speaker at the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Employability and Skills Conference on 13 February.

Returning for the third year running, the conference aims to strengthen links between education providers and local businesses to ensure school leavers are work ready. The event will be held at Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa, from 8.00am to 10.00am, and is open to businesses, schools and education providers in North Derbyshire. Brendan will be speaking about the importance of embedding apprenticeship and skills initiatives into workforce development strategies to facilitate business growth.

Organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, Placing Futures, D2N2 Enterprise Advisor Network and Destination Chesterfield, the conference is an opportunity for employers and education providers to develop solutions together that will ensure young people leaving education have both the skills employers in the area require and are also aware of the employment opportunities available to them.


Brendan said:

“Bringing on talented and dedicated people through apprenticeships has been vital to Heathcotes’ success in what is currently a very challenging health and social care sector.  Working with our learning partners, Chesterfield College, we have developed a work-based learning programme which has been very successful in developing long-term careers in this region, so we welcomed the opportunity to speak at this conference to advocate the enormous value of apprenticeships for school leavers and businesses alike.”

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield, said: “With £1bn of developments starting to come to fruition in 2019, it is vital that we start preparing young people to fill the jobs that come with those developments. The conference plays an important role in ensuring we are fully geared up for growth, strengthening links between our education and business sectors and showing young people the opportunities that are out there locally.” 

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