"I was fortunate to be asked to judge the Enterprise Event which Michelle had organised for students. This involved 4 teams of students each designing their own theme park and was aimed at teaching a wide range of skills including budgeting, marketing and promotion, and delivering presentations to the judging panel. The quality of work was excellent and students obviously learned a lot from this experience including useful skills that should help to make them more employable."
George Paterson - Group Director of Property Services - Together Housing
"During the last 6 years I have worked with Michelle in a variety of ways. She is professional, focused and above all passionate about improving the life chances of young people. Recognising the importance of skills and qualities, she takes every opportunity to bring the worlds of business and education closer together to prepare young people to enter the workplace. Students have improved their attendance, punctuality and participation in class. She is innovative and collaborative, and above all, she is herself a role model for the young people she supports."
Julie Cullen - Operations Manager North Education - Business In The Community
"Michelle brings together - in a most effective, structured, enjoyable manner - young people, large, medium, smaller businesses, other organizations like the Police, NHS, Lloyds HBOS, Marshalls, Colleges and many more, to facilitate and allow young people to learn about possible apprenticeships, careers, courses, jobs, self employment and to make valuable links for later on in life."
Olwen Edwards - Co Chair FBS Calderdale Branch Committee
(Photograph by Mike Cowling)
"I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle over the past year on careers and business engagement projects. Michelle truly understands the challenges in developing a school careers programme and takes a proactive approach to ensure diversity and inclusivity. Her energy and drive make her the perfect person to ensure the school make the most of their resources and develop strong networks."
Jane Green - Enterprise Co-Ordinator Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
"We have run a number of events with Michelle at Own Futures and our most recent, a Careers Convention, has been our best yet. The variety and quality of delegates that Michelle recruited was brilliant, offering a eclectic mix of education providers and employers that were relevant and useful to our students from Yr 9 to 13.
The buzz around the school on the day was amazing, with students feeling motivated and informed to go on and make some decisions about their futures. It has enabled us to open up conversations with our students and develop better communication going forward.
Michelle has a real passion for CEIAG and ensuring young people are prepared for those next steps and this shows in the quality of the programs that she delivers"
The children were engaged and gave real consideration to how their future may pan out. Some have even suggested the path they would need to take (college, uni, funding etc) as a result of the sessions. They enjoyed seeing the real people speaking about how they came to end up in their career, especially those who didn't start on that journey. Michelle was very insightful and her sessions were thought-provoking and positive."
Year 4 teacher
Farfield Primary School