"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)
"For over 10 years Michelle has successfully organised major careers events at Park Lane involving a large number of businesses and employers, forging excellent links with business leaders and external organisations. Due to her leadership, rigour, diligence and perseverance the school has successfully retained the Quality in Careers Standard for over a decade. Michelle has extremely high standards and will be asset to any primary or secondary school who commission her bespoke Careers Education provision."
Lisa Corrigan - Principal
Park Lane Academy
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"