Delivering Talent for Manchester City Council

SRSCC Manchester City Council

Here at SR Supply Chain Consultants, it’s our vision to support Manchester in becoming World-class city by 2025 through the development of ethical procurement practices. As part of MCC core values and support in developing staff, MCC has decided to enrol 4 of their Procurement employees on our L4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship, supported by our driven procurement mentors.

The SRSCC Vision for Manchester

They will operate on projects alongside the city and further their knowledge and skills within a busy and diverse environment with the help of local communities comprised of residents, volunteers and business and civic leaders. We aim to achieve this by working hard on improving the cities infrastructure; for example, public transport, clean green spaces, safer communities and, most importantly, improving the day to day lives of the people in Manchester by upskilling and developing their procurement workforce.

MCC Objectives

The MCC goal is to create a highly-skilled city with the resources that it needs to succeed and excel, fostering values that will last long into the future and provide longevity and growth for the Manchester residents and communities as a whole. SRSCC support through the delivery of the apprenticeship and mentoring, its SRSCC goal to develop highly skilled Procurement People, thus building on MCC’s enormous youthful potential.

How SRSCC Helped Manchester City Council

The MCC values and how they’re supported by what we do here at SRSCC are listed below:

1. A Thriving and Sustainable City

We work to encourage a diverse and equal culture at SRSCC, and we do so at every step of the way, from the classroom to the workplace. Promoting innovation and creativity, we use this to help embed these diverse values within our teaching and study, promoting equality and diversity at every step of the way.

Training That Focuses on Sustainability

We instil these values within our students and deliver excellent training and progression to meet all of the high standards of Apprenticeships and Procurement training with equality, ethics and corporate responsibility at the core.

2. Highly Skilled City

To help produce and support a highly-skilled city, we deliver the L4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship, as well as offering the new Level 3 Apprenticeship scheme, aimed at driven and enthusiastic school leavers, graduates and individuals who have little or no Procurement experience.

Fully Accredited Apprenticeships

These Apprenticeships offer strong development of homegrown talent into highly qualified and determined professionals. Additionally, as our well-constructed Apprenticeship Levels, our numerous accolades and accreditations assure the quality of our work, holding the ISO:9001 for quality management, Cyber Essentials for secure digital practices, NHS SBS and Crown Commercial Services.

RoATP Registered To Deliver Training

Accredited by our RoATP register, (SRSCC are a primary provider on the register of Apprenticeship training providers) we’re driven by our desire for producing quality apprentices into quality professionals. Susan Rashid, our MD, sits on the trailblazer board for the development of others and is incredibly passionate about producing an accepting culture of learning and self-development within the SRSCC family and the wider Manchester community as a whole.

3. Progressive and Equitable

Treating people fairly and equally is at the heart of what we do. People are people, after all, and we all face our own adversity and hardship along the way. Whether you are 16 or 60, we treat all of our apprentices with respect, decency and understanding, taking into account the unique challenges and obstacles that you as individuals may face.

Teaching Students To Be Driven & Ethical

Our training and education is closely connected to diversity and equality, providing a blended learning model that meets the individual learning requirements of all of our learners, including additional young learner support, mentor and functional skills support and British values and safeguarding training as standard. All of these values help us foster and develop a diverse workforce that is not only highly-skilled and knowledgeable but also highly ethical, driven and ambitious.

4. Liveable and Low Carbon City

As well as instilling ethical and responsible teachings within our training, we also like to improve and sustain our environment, both in terms of the city and the nation as a whole. Our learners are taught on ethical approaches and waste reduction within procurement and supply for a variety of industries. Learners are also encouraged to use public transport where possible, and our two Manchester-based training centres are a stone’s throw away from easily-accessible transport hubs such as Manchester Piccadilly train station. Get more details on how we deliver procurement training in Manchester.

Both our L4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship and the new Level 3 Apprenticeship scheme can be taught wholly online, including all course material, therefore helping reduce our carbon footprint as a collective.

5. A Connected City

SRSCC provide training and mentor clients such as HS2, Manchester Air Group (MAG), both of which we currently have procurement apprentices on the programme. These kinds of networks allow us to keep in touch with the demand and give us great insights into the procurement industry as a whole.

Preparing Apprentices for the Future

Our apprentices are encouraged to use public transport and technology to connect with their clients, both current and prospective, allowing both SRSCC and it’s apprentices to remain connected with the ever-evolving World of Supply and Procurement.

Ask about our Supply and Procurement courses today!

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Staff Member

Jen Shepherd

Admin and Customer Service Manager

Jenn completed her Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 2008 and has since built upon a foundation of knowledge and skills in the administration and customer support areas.

Jenn has a degree, as well as a master’s degree, in English which have helped support her commitment to compliance and attention to detail.

Since returning to work from maternity leave in 2020, Jenn has worked in education settings and has an in-depth knowledge on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which she believes is a key part of all employees’ role when working with learners.

Outside of work, Jenn lives with her husband and two young daughters. She had her first book published in 2022 and advocates for the mental wellbeing of new parents.

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Michelle Whalley

Course Progress Mentor

Michelle graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2003 with a BA(HONs) in Physical Education, Sport, Dance and English, with Qualified Teacher Status. Michelle now holds 20 years’ experience of working in education. Her experience to date is hugely diverse, with a love for learning and striving for excellence across all areas of her life developed from when she was a young girl, representing her country at Athletics. It was from this platform Michelle developed a disciplined approach to every tasks set of her. During her time in teaching, she has taught a wide range of subjects, been a pastoral leader, and led ITT programmes.

Michelle prides herself on her ability to get the best possible outcomes out of people. This has been proven not only in the time she’s spent in education, but also in the set up and running of her own business.

Working in a fast-paced environment, especially becoming a Head of Year as well as teaching has consistently challenged her and ensured she’s flexible and adaptable

Lucy Eckersley

Lucy Eckersley

Administration Assistant

After recently graduating university and achieving a first-class degree in Drama, Lucy wanted to apply her production management experience to an administration role in business. Having worked part time jobs as a waitress and office receptionist during her education, Lucy has good customer service skills and enjoys helping customers and clients by addressing their queries. Lucy is excited to be working at SRSCC and is keen to use her process driven way of working to increase the effectiveness of SRSCC’s administrative processes. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching musicals and running. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves going hiking from her caravan in the Yorkshire Dales.
Tom Himsworth

Tom Himsworth

Administrative Assistant

Tom graduated from Edgehill University in 2015 with a degree in Creative Writing. After Tom’s journey through university, he worked extensively within the Healthcare sector in mostly administrative roles. It was here that he found his natural organized and observant manner was best suited as it allowed him to understand how each work environment operated, and where processes, customer service and communication could be improved for the benefit of everyone. Throughout his working life, Tom has gained experience with varying mental health conditions and is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health support and well-being. He is currently looking into various volunteer schemes to help champion mental health awareness. Along with this, Tom is an avid writer and is usually working on a story or two and is passionate about learning more about all forms of creative media.
Estelle Marsden

Estelle Marsden

Customer Support Coordinator

Estelle has completed apprenticeships in both Business Administration and Customer service. Her first Role after leaving school was a receptionist at a Podiatrist and that is where she found her passion for helping people and providing positive customer experiences. After 4 years she then moved into retail where her skills progressed further. Estelle has several years’ experience in a customer facing environment, which has led her to the role of Customer Support Coordinator here at SRSCC. Estelle is hoping to expand her expertise further and progress with SRSCC. Other than her passion for Customer Service. Estelle enjoys walking, Hiking, and exploring in her free time. She also enjoys going to the theatre and watching true crime. Estelle likes to spend most of her time with family and friends.

Emma Jackson

Course Progress Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

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Ashlee Scribbins

Office Administrator

Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

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Declan Hemingway

Business Development Account Manager


Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.