Launch of Apprentice Coaching Programme

A new initiative inspired and championed by Chairman, Kevin Parkin sees The Work-wise Foundation teaming up with Bev Lockwood to support local manufacturers with their succession planning, through coaching apprentices who are showing potential of becoming one of the next generation of business leaders.

Bev Lockwood of Unlocked Ltd is a leadership coach who works with senior business and next generation leaders across many sectors and industries.  Bev has provided her time on a free of charge basis to coach bright young potential next generation leaders from Chesterfield Cylinders, Sheffield Forgemasters and AESSEAL.

The pilot programme includes one to one coaching sessions and 3 workshops designed to help the apprentices develop a better understanding of who they are and the value they bring to the business, what really matters in management, and what it takes to be a great leader.  Guest speakers sharing their experience include Chris Rea, OBE, Group Managing Director of AESSEAL.

The key outcomes of the coaching programme will be to ensure individuals know where they add the most value to a business and have the confidence to exploit these strengths.  It will also mean that the business’s obtain the best from their future leaders and can identify how to continue to support their development in leadership, succession and business sustainability.

When asked why she wanted to give her time for free, Bev said “I understand a business’s key drivers… business is built on relationships and a proven track record of delivering a high quality service that adds real value – successful manufacturers work on the same premise. I can make a measurable difference to the sustainability of manufacturing in the Sheffield City Region  by unlocking the full potential of the next generation of manufacturing leaders early in their careers. I’m passionate about work-wise and ‘Made in Sheffield’ because I was!”

“The coaching that I have received from Bev has been absolutely instrumental in further developing my leadership skills and knowledge, whilst simultaneously allowing me to recognise and build upon skills I didn’t even know I had”  Gareth Winder – IT Support Team Leader – AESSEAL

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