Next Gen Makers are delighted to announce that Penny Riddle, former Business Development Director at Halesowen College has joined our expanding team in an advisory role.

“Penny has enjoyed an illustrious career in both Secondary and Further Education and is a well-respected member of the West Midlands educational community. Her advice and expertise in all things FE, Apprenticeships, STEM and Careers as well as her significant standing within the sector will be of huge benefit to Next Gen Makers as we continue to expand on the success we’ve had so far promoting careers in Engineering to students in year 10 and above” comments Next Gen Makers Managing Director Adam Tipper.

Following the successful launch of the Engineering Careers Prospectus in March 2020 Next Gen Makers are preparing to expand further the number of High Schools that we engage with across our 6 regions and the free to access resources that we offer schools.

In addition, plans are in place to expand the services that we offer as part of our talent matching services for engineering apprenticeships, something which has created over 30 apprenticeships in the last 12 months alone, primarily for engineering students at our partner colleges.

Penny adds: I am delighted to be working with Adam and his team to promote Engineering as a career to young people across the region and to work with local employers to fill their skills gaps to allow for business growth. In these difficult times, young people hoping to enter the jobs market will find life particularly challenging and Next Gen Makers is ideally placed to help them.

Adam concludes: “Penny has often been the go-to person in the sector for talks advising careers leads regarding prospects within STEM careers and apprenticeships. It is a real pleasure to have her on board in an advisory capacity, helping us to forge new relationships and capitalise on new opportunities as we expand our efforts to inspire the next generation of makers in the West Midlands”.