Hartpury continues to perfect its partnerships with the best of Gloucestershire business with a starring role at major show


The major show is centred around 11 themes and will involve 147 exhibitors across seven stages.

Hartpury will be part of the exciting Learning and Development Hub and the Innovation Hub. We'll also be taking questions and sharing our expertise as part of the Sports Business panel.

If you are coming along to the show, why not speak to our representatives to find out more about how the college is working with local businesses and what it can offer?

The focus of this year's Learning and Development hub is the 'Missing Millions' and Hartpury will join its partners in leading a session focused on how businesses can get their share of an untapped workforce, the skills they need to grow their business and how to reap the benefits of a flexible, changing employment market.

That will take place at 11.35am on Wednesday, May 13th on the Gloucestershire stage and Hartpury's representative will be Stephen Whitbourn, who is a senior lecturer on the college's undergraduate and postgraduate Sports Business Management programmes. He also delivers Leadership and Management programmes to external organisations at Hartpury.

Hartpury will also lead on one of the hub's question and answer forums on May 13th and 14th at 3pm, with Vice Principal for Further Education, Luke Rake, facilitating the discussion around 'Why develop your workforce?'

He will be joined on the panel a range of other partners, including The Cotswold Chef Rob Rees and the Skills Funding Agency, and on May 13th by Hartpury colleague, Jane Poole, who is the manager of the college's new Innovation, Careers and Enterprise Centre.

This centre works closely with businesses to co-ordinate relevant, effective work placements and graduate opportunities as well as providing employers with cost effective professional training solutions to up-skill their workforce.

Jane, who has a broad business training and management background gained in the financial services and business software industries, said: "At Hartpury, we pride ourselves on our ongoing work to further strengthen our excellent relationships with businesses of all sizes and in building new partnerships that benefit our students and local employers.

"We are delighted to work with the Gloucestershire Business Show team and to have been asked to present on a range of subjects."

Also appearing at the show will be Gill Reindl, Hartpury's strategic lead for degree level employability initiatives. She will talk about how education contributes to the 'five stages of innovation', helping to nurture the creative, entrepreneurial mindset.

This session will take place on Thursday, May 14th at 11.30am on the Gloucestershire stage and Gill will explore how Hartpury develops initiatives to give students the best possible chance of securing their dream careers.

Having developed and managed the Sports Business Management Honours and Foundation degree programmes at Hartpury, Gill will also be part of the Sport Gloucestershire Forum at the show, taking place on May 14th at 10.15am on the main stage.

She will be joined by many of the county's sports business leaders, including the CEO of Gloucester Rugby and Gloucester City Council's Rugby World Cup 2015 events co-ordinator, Adam Balding, to face questions about the importance of the sports industry to Gloucestershire and how sport can be an effective platform for business and a healthy workforce.

Gill said: "It's a great opportunity for us to showcase the innovative, sector-leading employability initiatives that we're developing at Hartpury and to exchange ideas with others."

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