Owen Crozier - Programme Manager
Owen joined School Employer Connections in December 2002. He attended the College of Technology in Belfast for four years obtaining a professional qualification with the Textile Institute. He has worked for three textile companies in a variety of management roles varying from Quality Control to Production, Warehousing to Cost Accounting as a Work Study Officer. He is also qualified as a NVQ Assessor.
Owen's job involves recruiting organisations to provide work experience placements. He then plans and organises these placements, liaising between the employer, the student and the teacher. Owen helps to prepare employers to host students by planning the content and structure of the placement. He takes students through an induction programme to better inform them about their placement. Owen oversees the evaluation of the programme so its success can be monitored and, overall, his work allows students to experience and learn about the world of work, which will hopefully have a positive impact on students' career aspirations.
Owen says "School Employer Connections enabled me to achieve a long held ambition to put something back into the community. By assisting and developing work experience opportunities for students who may not otherwise be aware or avail of them, I can be part of a process that influences students to focus on a suitable career."
Vivienne Kerr - Programme Manager
Vivienne Kerr joined School Employer Connections in September 2006. Prior to her appointment she completed the LCCI Private and Executive Secretary's Diploma before going on to achieve her LLB Law and Business at the University of Ulster.
Vivienne says "I enjoy seeking new opportunities for School Employer Connections. My role involves developing programme ideas, securing funding, developing relationships with partners and promoting the organsiation. Working as part of a small team in the School Employer Connections office means that we all work very closely together. The enthusiasm we each have for our work is greatly enhanced by the ability to bounce ideas off each other. The support we get from local businesses has ensured that our programmes have developed strong foundations which will enable us to go from strength to strength.”
As Programme Manager for the Class Programme, Vivienne encourages employers to take part saying, "Students need employability learning to supplement their textbook learning. By engaging in the Class Programme and giving some time to students, you can have a positive impact on their future - both academic and through their understanding of the world of work. I would encourage all employers to give time to our students. There is nothing more valuable to young people."
MARIE O'CONNELL-BIAMIS - Work ExPerience Programme Officer
May 2012 saw Marie O’Connell become part of the team at School Employer Connections. Having graduated twice from Queen’s University Belfast and once from University of Ulster with a P.G.C.E. in 2002, Marie has had a diverse career. Most recently, she has worked in the community and voluntary sector, as a Development Outreach Officer for over eight years with Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. She also spent four years developing all aspects of her business skills while self-employed and running an export and import business. She has also worked extensively as a teacher both here and abroad.
SHEREE FARREN - programme administrator
Sheree joined School Employer Connections in February 2013. As Programme Administrator, Sheree maintains office and Work Experience administration. A former student of graphic design, she turns her hand to anything artistic within the company! Sheree has interests in film and music.
MARTIN McELHINNEY - work experience programme administrator
Martin is the most recent addition to the team. His role supports the work experience team. Martin has made himself invaluable to schools in his short time with the company. He has a background in finance working for James Doherty Meats in a previous life. He is keen on walking and quiz shows, when he gets time away from organising work experience!
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