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Stephen Hargreaves joins the team at Haywood Sixth Form Academy…

Submitted by on April 1, 2015 – 6:30 am |

Stephen Hargreaves, Work Based Learning Lead at Haywood Sixth Form Academy.STEPHEN HARGREAVES moves from his Executive Officer post in the Department for Work and Pensions.

Stephen’s experience of working in both education and industry will be invaluable in his new role as the Work Based Learning lead in the new Haywood Academy Sixth Form. He will head up a team of Work Based Assessors for the Academy’s new Work Based Learning programme.

Already supported by more than 150 business including Steelite International, Michelin, Autonet, Dudson, Midlands Heart and the NHS, the focus of the programme is to ensure students develop key workplace skills so they are in a strong position to secure future employment in a competitive job market.

Stephen said: “I believe quality work experience is an excellent springboard into a career, and my team will offer first class support to ensure our students succeed in both their studies and are prepared for life after college.

“The fantastic level of support and interest from companies across the city has meant our students are spoilt for choice, with great work based learning opportunities including web designers, IT technicians, teaching assistants, social media assistants, engineers, graphic designers, HR, finance, manufacturing, customer service and insurance industries.

“However, we’re always keen to hear from other businesses who would like to take part in the scheme.”

The Work Based Learning programme is a “pre-traineeship” and at the end of the programme the students receive a qualification called “The Employment Certificate” assured by Pearson.

Kevin Oakes, CEO at Steelite International, said: “As a leading manufacturer of tableware we need young people coming into the company with the right skills, knowledge and aptitude.

“Anything we can do to support local education and to foster good relationships between education and industry is vitally important.”

Executive Headteacher, Carl Ward added: “Stephen has an impressive track record and a strong individual skill set and I have every confidence that he will excel as part of our senior team.”

Haywood Sixth Form Academy is due to open in September 2015 and will inspire young people and offer first class support to help them succeed and progress into university, apprenticeships or work.

Students who want to apply for a place on the Work Based Learning programme and businesses wishing to take part in the scheme can get in touch with Haywood Academy at

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