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Meet the Employer Skills Academy Team

The ESA Team offer support to both employers and students within the Employer Skills Academies programme.





Meet the Employer Skills Academy Team

They are responsible for supporting employer sponsors to establish their academy sponsorship package, assisting with site visits and work placements, as well as recruiting students to the academies.

If you would like more information about becoming an academy sponsor or have any further questions please contact


Rachel Topliss - Head of Employer Academy Partnerships and Work-related Activity

Rachel joined the FE sector 10 years ago after returning to live in the UK, having spent 13 years working as an Overseas Operations Manager for a global corporation.

Rachel is passionate about driving forward employer and student partnerships within the Sheffield City Region to bring together the college's educational offer in line with Sheffield’s own business need.

Heading up the colleges Employer Skills Academy Strategy, Rachel is keen to hear from employers who want to be part of the development of the workforce of tomorrow.


Sarah Braddon - Employer Relationship Coordinator

Sarah is an Employer Relationship Coordinator working within Creative Industries, Hair & Beauty, Catering & Hospitality and Business.

"I’m excited to be part of a team that helps young people gain the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to be work ready. I was a student at the college and thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

I have experience in a number of sectors and have worked with a variety of companies within the local area, giving me a true understanding of the needs and requirements of different businesses.

I am passionate about providing the best possible experience to all employers and students that I work with and believe that this new change will be beneficial to the success of our city."


Shani Hammon - Employer Relationship Coordinator

Shani has worked within the education sector for the last 7 years and has a strong background in employer engagement.

Shani has been working within the community to build the college’s Employer Skills Academies offer.

Shani’s passion comes from her own personal educational experience and she is focussed on being able to develop a student offer that’s a little bit different to mainstream education, to allow our students to build resilience and strive to go further in their careers. The academies do just that!


Neil Wragg - Employer Relationship Coordinator

Neil engages with employers from the following sectors:

  • Construction & Engineering
  • Technology
  • Sport & Protective Services
  • Land-based & Animal Care

"I have worked in the FE sector since August 2012 in a mixture of private training providers and local colleges. For the last 7 years I have worked with small to large employers mainly in the Engineering and Construction sector to help recruit and train their next generation of staff.

I really enjoy working with local companies and understanding their business to see how The Sheffield College can help them. I am really excited to be part of the Work-related Activity Team working to equip all of our students with relevant industry placements to give them real life experience of work which will give them the right skills to find employment in their chosen field."


Scott Cotterill - Gatsby Project Manager

Scott has been working in the educational sector for the last 12 years and has a vast amount of experience in the technical education sector. He has been supporting the development and implementation of the Technical Education Reforms which has a focus predominately on T Levels as well as sharing best practice.  Scott is keen to develop the Colleges Industry Placement programme working within the Sheffield City Region.

Scott is passionate about driving an agenda to ensure that each learner has access to good quality information about future study programmes and labour market opportunities and believes that by working together collaboratively with local employers we can achieve desired future workforce goals together to enable the growth of both skills and businesses.



15/04/2021 11:24 am
College re-opening update