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Employer Skills Academies

Employer Skills Academies

Welcome from Rachel Topliss, Head of Employer Academy Partnerships and Work Related Activity

I'm thrilled to introduce you to The Sheffield College's Employer Skills Academies.

Initially launched in 2019, our Employer Skills Academies are part of an innovative new programme that allows local and national employers to influence the curriculum of our students, whilst also helping to develop students with a brilliant understanding of the working world.

Students from each cohort are hand-selected to join the academy for their area, meaning that employers are able to work with, shape and eventually recruit from, some of the best upcoming talent in their sectors. 

Both academy sponsors and students benefit from a range of activities such as workshops/seminars, workplace visits, training activities, working on collaborative projects and much more.

If you want to find out more about any of the academies, or explore an opportunity to collaborate with us, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

How does the academy sponsor benefit?

First and foremost, we encourage academy sponsors to get behind an area that is relevant to their business - this not only allows students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the field alongside an industry leader, but it also enable employers to provide support, guidance and training in their specialist field.

By sponsoring an academy, employers are able to:

  • promote their brand (through branded classrooms, uniforms and merchandise) to a new audience
  • inspire the younger generation into careers in fields that they may have previously been unaware of
  • help to develop students with the required skills and knowledge to fill any upcoming skills gaps within their industry
  • provide mentoring and leadership opportunities to their existing staff

Sponsor an academy student

If you aren't quite ready to sponsor an academy, why not sponsor an individual academy student?

By sponsoring a student directly you can have a huge impact on their educational journey and future career.

Click here to find out more, or email us at employerskillsacademies@sheffcol.ac.uk


How do the academy students benefit?

Being a member of one of our Employer Skills Academies allows students to:

  • Develop their knowledge and skills within a specific sector under the guidance of an industry specialist
  • Interact with industry professionals through activities such as workshops, seminars and workplace visits
  • Hone their skills by working on employer-set projects that mirror those in industry
  • Gain experience of work through placement opportunities

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about any of our employer skills academies, sponsor your own academy or want to explore other opportunities to work with us, please get in touch with us via:

T: 0114 260 2600

E: employerskillsacademies@sheffcol.ac.uk