Julie is a specialist funding expert in the education and skills sector who has worked at local, regional and national level. She has a proven track record in leading complex multi-million pound employment and skills programmes, which support small businesses and local economic growth.
She led on the European Social Fund for the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessors for over 20 years, successfully implementing national Co-financing and developing the Opt-in model for Local Enterprise Partnerships to work with ESF in 2014-2020 programme.
Julie has an excellent understanding of both public and private sector perspectives around skills issues, having developed successful relationships with key national and local stakeholders, including education and training providers; Government Departments; the European Commission; voluntary and community organisations; business networks and trade associations, and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
She believes strongly that improved skills within the workforce can have a significant impact on a business’s bottom line and its prospects for sustained growth. She is currently Development Manager for the Skills Support for the Workforce Programme in the Black Country, which offers tailored fully funded training to SME employees to support individual and business growth.