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Whether you’re looking to recruit an apprentice or develop your existing workforce, our dedicated team of employer engagement managers are here to offer professional and friendly advice and support. 

Supported by a team of more than 40 highly skilled assessors, our employer engagement team work collaboratively with over 450 employers in a wide variety of industries and sectors across the Milton Keynes and wider region each year.   

All our staff are truly experts in their field having worked in industry themselves and are passionate about helping your business achieve its goals for long-term success.

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The Team

Caroline Indge

Mark Livingstone

Julie-Ann Hammond

Julie Jeffery

Melissa West

Caroline Indge

Business Engagement Manager – Engineering

What do you do at MK College? 

I’m the match maker between business and teaching. I work with employers to engage with teaching colleagues to ensure our students have a learning experience that inspires them for their future careers. I help employers understand how the college can assist in the development of staff, recruitment of new talent and delivery of things they have yet to think of. 

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Caroline Indge

What are your credentials/past experiences, for working in your position? 
FE is my latest career. My first was in the motor industry where I started as an apprentice in the Parts department. Being the only female on my college course and a minority in the industry worked to my advantage – I had to work harder than my colleagues to prove my worth and I did this successfully rising to be the Parts Manager of a multi-site department with a multi-million- pound turnover.

My next career was to become a parent, definitely the one I have learnt the most through and has delivered the greatest joy and challenge. To add value to this and to utilise the enhanced people skills I’d learnt as a parent I moved into developing a cross county food bank service. I am proud to say that I increased donations by over 500% and in turn this provided much needed support to challenged individuals and families.

Having appreciated the life limiting challenge not having a good education can deliver I moved into FE and Apprenticeships in particular. I believe everyone has their “something” they just need to find it. FE provides the key to unlock this and enables people to be the best they can. I know I have the best job; I get to engage with amazing people working for a wide variety of companies who are looking to ensure the future of talent coming into their organisations. 

What is your favourite thing about working at MK College? 

No two days are the same, the variety ensures I am kept agile and never bored. One day I could be speaking to a micro business, the next moment a multinational followed by a conversation with a student and then a colleague who wants to explore curriculum delivery with a large service provider. The College values its staff and attracts people who have a passion for the area they work in; whether that’s teaching, supporting colleagues and students or keeping our facilities clean and safe. I get to work with experts who love to share their passion, and, quite literally, every day is a learning day.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? 

Attempting to cook – not a great skill but one I am getting better at! I like researching the history of Florence Italy, so that when I next go I can walk in the steps of the Medici family. I often visit the V&A museum –there are so many different collections it’s impossible to see everything. I’m also a big kid at heart, so puzzles and everything Lego are always on the agenda. 

Want to know more about working with MK College? Get in touch with Caroline. 

Julie Jeffery 

Employer Engagement Manager 

What do you do at MK College? 

I help employers to work in partnership with MK College and develop their talent pipelines for the future by helping them to access apprenticeships, offer industry placements/work experience for 
students, attend careers fairs/networking events, deliver presentations, attend curriculum development forums and become sponsors. 

I work with specific curriculum areas of the college to ensure all students have access to opportunities that enhance their skills, employability and career prospects. 

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Julie Jeffery

What are your credentials/past experiences, for working in your position? 

I’ve worked in further education and apprenticeship provision for more than 15 years and also have experience working with young people not in education, employment or training, and careers education. I’ve also worked in local authority (Luton Borough Council) within the employer engagement team. I’m a collaborative worker and my strengths are in employer engagement and customer service. I’m proud of the relationships I’m able to form with employers and the service we provide here at MK College. 

What is your favourite thing about working at MK College? 

There is a genuine spirit of co-operation and common goals in my team. We share ideas and work together to make them happen. 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? 

I like spending time with my friends and family, particularly when it involves food and drink! 

Mark Livingstone 

Employer Engagement Manager – Construction 

What do you do at MK College? 

I am the first point of contact for construction employers based in our region who are considering developing their staff or recruiting new talent.  It’s my job to explain the process of employing an apprentice and help employers to understand the requirements needed for an apprentice to complete their training.  I give guidance on current funding available to them via the Government and CITB levy and ensure they receive the best possible experience whilst partnering with MK College. 

What are your credentials/past experiences, for working in your position?  

Over the years I have gained a wealth of experience working with organisations of all sizes across many sectors within the UK.  I have worked in Business Development for almost 30 years with five years in further education and apprenticeships. 

I am passionate about helping individuals gain the best possible start with their career and helping individuals who have chosen to change their career path. Professionalism, communication and retention are at the heart of everything I do and I’m proud to still work with individuals and organisations years after we first met, many of which I now call my friends. 

What is your favourite thing about working at MK College?  

I work alongside an amazing team of passionate colleagues who strive to match talented individuals with great employers.  I really enjoy helping employers find apprentices by identifying candidates from our large pool of construction students or support them to create their apprenticeship vacancy and promoting it through our free recruitment service. It is immensely rewarding to see our apprentices succeed in completing their training and to watch them forge their future careers. 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? 

I’m a petrol head and I’ve loved cars and motorsport for as long as I can remember, especially Lotus. I can often be seen at car club events in the UK & Europe or attending track days up and down the country.  In 2019 my wife and I along with four other like-minded friends embarked on a road trip across Europe which took us through 9 countries crossing the Alps, Pyrenees and down to the Mediterranean.  It was a bucket list moment, and I am keen to do a similar trip in the future but this time along the Amalfi coast.  I think my wife might need some convincing though, she just about managed to get through the last 3500 miles! 

Want to know more about working with MK College? Get in touch with Mark. 

Julie-Ann Hammond 

Employer Engagement Manager – Digital Technologies 

What do you do at MK College? 

I help employers to understand how they can contribute to growing their talent pipelines and support them in taking on IT apprentices. My role as engagement manager enables me to develop close working relationships with local businesses within the Milton Keynes area. With more employers joining our IT apprenticeships in Infrastructure, Digital Marketing, and Software Development, it’s an exciting time to be part of the College’s employer engagement team.

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Julie-Ann Hammond

What are your credentials/past experiences, for working in your position? 

With a background in digital I saw my previous experience in web technologies as being an area of expertise I could bring to MK College. I’m an IT graduate and have got many years industry experience. During my career I’ve worked as a web manager for Milton Keynes Council and also spent some time working on intranets in central government. I’m locally-based in Milton Keynes so have an understanding of the needs of employers in this area and am passionate about helping employers to get the skills they need to grow their business. 

What is your favourite thing about working at MK College? 

Helping to identify the right apprenticeship for a business, being part of the recruitment process to succeed in finding a great apprentice for a company and watching the apprentice grow into their role. I really enjoy providing a quality service to help employers identify their IT 
apprenticeship requirements, and then seeing the positive impact that an IT apprentice can have on their business. It’s also really rewarding to see my apprentices completing their training having been with them on their journey from the beginning to the end. 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? 

I’m currently training for the World Duathlon Championships next September in Holland, where I’m going to be representing Team GB for my age group. I also keep my web skills up by maintaining a sports club website. 

Want to know more about working with MK College? Get in touch.