Sheffield College has appointed Andrew Cropley as executive director for Strategic Planning and Business Development.
A key responsibility for Andrew will be to gain more involvement from employers in shaping and delivering the curriculum.
The college wants to enhance its responsiveness to the needs of regional businesses by delivering the skills which will help students be highly employable
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said:
“It’s great to see Sheffield College putting resources into working with businesses which are clearly an important customer, as they will ultimately employ the students.
“The majority of the students that leave the college will work in the city region so providing them with the right skills set is very important to driving the future economy.
“In a competitive international world we need employees who can constantly help drive the performance of our businesses upwards.
“Sheffield Chamber is working closely with the college because it recognises the importance of this and is liaising with them on course development as well as identifying employability skills.
“The Chamber is also a founder member of the University Technical College, which will be a fantastic asset to enhancing young peoples’ skills when it opens in Sheffield this autumn.”
Richard was recently appointed chair of Governors at The Sheffield College.