RRN Group and major companies launch new initiative for business students

RNN have launched a new initiative for business students. Attending one of the seminars are (from left) Danny Hancock, Charlotte Dowd, Ashley Mapletoft Elliot Moyser and Sarah Hague
RNN have launched a new initiative for business students. Attending one of the seminars are (from left) Danny Hancock, Charlotte Dowd, Ashley Mapletoft Elliot Moyser and Sarah Hague

The RNN Group, the education and training provider which includes Rotherham and North Notts Colleges, is excited to announce the start of a new venture offering young people the opportunity to study a Level Three business qualification in Sheffield supported by two well-known businesses, Plusnet and Waitrose.

An innovative partnership with Sheffield Wednesday FC will support the delivery of courses for these two famous brands at Hillsborough – where students will be based in the modern and well equipped study centre, boasting a range of computers, research materials and reflection space which should see them developing their skills and knowledge.

An open event will be held at Hillsborough Stadium on May 18 where young people can find out more about this exciting and unique opportunity.

There are limited places are available – so those interested will need to act fast.

The Business, Innovation and Enterprise Academies, supported by Plusnet and Waitrose will allow students to study a Level Three BTEC in Business, as well as gain valuable work experience in various functions of the businesses. 

Ken Merry, head of business and enterprise at the RNN Group said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for young people in Sheffield to work with three strong brands, supported by the RNN Group.

“With the range of work experience opportunities available within both Plusnet and Waitrose this is clearly an opportunity for them to carve out a career that really suits them.”

Spencer Taylor, education manager at Sheffield Wednesday commented:  “I’m delighted to be part of this exciting project and I can see this really offering local people an opportunity to develop their skills and to become more employable at the end of their course.”

Andy Baker, chief executive officer at Plusnet, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to develop home-grown talent and skills.

“It’s vital we provide young people with the opportunity and training to achieve their dreams.

We can’t wait to start working with our partners and students on this course.”

In a statement, Waitrose said: “We’re excited to be part of this programme with the RNN Group and Sheffield Wednesday, and we’re looking forward to working with bright, determined and focused young people in the local community.”

This venture builds on the ongoing and extremely successful partnership that Rotherham College has developed with Sheffield Wednesday by providing Sport programmes delivered at Hillsborough. 

For more details about the programmes available in this partnership please contact either Ken Merry at RNN Group by emailling kenmerry@rotherham.ac.uk or Spencer Taylor at Sheffield Wednesday by emailling spencer.taylor@swfc.co.uk