Jacquie is an Events Coordinator, working with the Skills team at Business West. She helps the team plan and coordinate events that are held as part of the Workforce for the Future programme. We caught up with Jacquie to find out more about her role and the types of events the team host.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your role as an Events Coordinator and your career background?
I have had various roles before Business West, including working for Banks, Building Societies and in a School. I initially started working in the Reception team at Business West, before I applied for my current Events Co-ordinator role. I now help the Skills team with planning and executing their events programme and split my time between this and working on Reception at Leigh Court. My role involves everything from setting up events on Eventbrite, to liaising with speakers and attendees, to running the event on the day and sending out follow up emails.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the fact that my job is really varied. I could be setting up an online Zoom workshop, searching for venues to hold in-person events, running a webinar event or completing admin tasks. I also enjoy working with all the advisors on the skills team – they’re a friendly and approachable bunch, and I love helping them organise their programme of events.
What sort of events do you help to manage as part of the Workforce for the Future programme?
As part of the Workforce for the Future programme, I help manage a variety of events, from online workshops and webinars, to in-person masterclasses and training.
Some of the events we’ve held have included topics such as addressing staff retention issues, recruitment and the candidate experience and introducing neurodiversity at work, to a hands-on, interactive podcast masterclass.
What has been the most memorable event you’ve held so far as part of the Workforce for the Future programme?
This is a trickly one! I would say the most memorable was our face to face Podcast – Masterclass. It was so lovely to be with a group of people so enthusiastic about their jobs that it rubbed off on everyone in the room.
What future events do you have coming up?
The next event coming up is Recruiting and Supporting Young Talent on 28th June 2022. It will provide an insight into the current youth employment landscape and explore ways to tackle the barriers and challenges of motivating emerging talent.
Business West is delivering Workforce for the Future in collaboration with other partners and the West of England Combined Authority.
For more information on Workforce for the Future, please visit the West of England Growth Hub. The Growth Hub is the West of England Combined Authority’s dedicated business support service which offers free, one-to-one advice and guidance for SMEs.
The West of England Workforce for the Future programme has received £4m of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.