Helen is the Degree Apprenticeships Manager for Nottingham Law School, the Nottingham Institute of Education and the School of Social Sciences. Her role involves managing the existing apprenticeships portfolio within these Schools to ensure compliance with Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) rules, as well as working closely with Course Teams and employers to identify opportunities to expand NTU’s apprenticeship offering.
Helen has lead responsibility and oversight for apprenticeship subcontracting, functional skills, learning support and safeguarding and Prevent for apprentices.
Helen has worked in both the private sector and in education. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Business and Languages, Helen worked in the Financial Services Sector as a Mortgage and Financial Advisor, initially for a national building society and then for two major high street banks. Helen then transitioned into education, where she has spent the past 17 years of her career. She has worked as a Business Studies Teacher, a Professional Development Manager within the Education-Business division of the Careers Service in Wales, an Academic Manager for Work based Learning and Lecturer with Course Leadership responsibilities at the University of South Wales and in her current post as a Degree Apprenticeships Manager at NTU. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught from GCSE through to Master’s level.
Helen has had first hand experience of balancing the demands of work and study herself. Whilst working at the University of South Wales, she completed an MSc in Business Psychology, and she is currently an apprentice on the Senior Leader Mastered Degree Apprenticeship. She has a keen interest in Organisational psychology and is a certified MBTI and Belbin Practitioner.
Helen is an advocate of all forms of work-based learning, including apprenticeships as they facilitate social mobility, enable apprentices to earn while they learn and develop the skills employers want.
Helen is an External Examiner for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship at the University of the West of England.