Not just a software provider

Not just a software provider

CONNECT is revolutionising the work experience process. Powered by Changing Education, CONNECT has been designed by teachers and refined by technical experts over the past 10 years, to deliver the optimum work experience digital platform for schools and colleges.

Former teachers ourselves, we understand the frustrations of traditional time-consuming approaches to work experience. CONNECT brings efficiency, budget savings, quality of placements and rich evidence for OFSTED reporting and audit trails.

Our mission is to deliver the best work placement experiences to education providers and students across the UK. We do this through CONNECT, our incredibly simple and safe cloud-based platform.

Our background in education means that we genuinely care for student outcomes during the work experience process. We ensure that work experience placements suit the individual, are meaningful to their development and that students are safe and secure in the workplace.

We don’t take a one-size-fits-all attitude. Working closely with schools and colleges, we take the time to understand your unique challenges and ways of working. This enables us to make informed recommendations based on our knowledge of the education landscape and software know-how.

In the past year, CONNECT has successfully supported over 32,711 work experience placements from our very own extensive database of almost 58,781 current employers.

Matthew Hodgkinson

Matthew is a director and co-founder of Changing Education. He is a former business studies teacher who has previously worked in sales and marketing. Passionate about all things education, he regularly keeps up-to-date on everything from government policies to changes in the national curriculum.

In his spare time, you’ll find Matthew in Manchester, either at Old Trafford or trying new eateries and music venues. A big part of his life is travelling the world. He’s visited almost every continent, with just the Arctic remaining!

Stephen Hackney

In partnership with Matthew, Stephen is also a director and co-founder of Changing Education. Prior to this, he spent 16 years working in the NHS, finally specialising as a Community Public Health Practitioner within schools across Cheshire.

Stephen is passionate about critical thinking and the continual development of effective work-based learning for young people, which he shares as an editor of the British Journal of School Health. Away from work, his three sons ensure that family time is always active and fun!

Nigel Shields

Nigel is Head of Business Development for CONNECT. Nigel joined the company directly from working on behalf of the Department for Education (with the Challenge) where he was head of Employer Engagement for the T-Level pilots. Nigel is passionate about employer engagement and account management and he also has a background in information, advice and guidance.

Outside of work, Nigel loves spending time with his two children doing anything that doesn’t involve Wi-Fi. He is a keen golfer in the summer and plays Table Tennis in the winter months.

Dean Maxfield

Dean is Changing Education’s Employer Engagement Lead. With a five year career in sales and marketing, Dean applies his experience on the phone to bridge the gap that currently exists between schools and employers to provide the best possible experiences to both parties.

In his spare time, Dean maintains a regular fitness regime, spends a great deal of time socialising with friends and family and an even greater amount of time watching his favourite show ‘Game of Thrones’.

Matthew Hodgkinson

Matthew is a director and co-founder of Changing Education. He is a former business studies teacher who has previously worked in sales and marketing. Passionate about all things education, he regularly keeps up-to-date on everything from government policies to changes in the national curriculum.

In his spare time, you’ll find Matthew in Manchester, either at Old Trafford or trying new eateries and music venues. A big part of his life is travelling the world. He’s visited almost every continent, with just the Arctic remaining!

Stephen Hackney

In partnership with Matthew, Stephen is also a director and co-founder of Changing Education. Prior to this, he spent 16 years working in the NHS, finally specialising as a Community Public Health Practitioner within schools across Cheshire.

Stephen is passionate about critical thinking and the continual development of effective work-based learning for young people, which he shares as an editor of the British Journal of School Health. Away from work, his three sons ensure that family time is always active and fun!

Nigel Shields

Nigel is Head of Business Development for CONNECT. Nigel joined the company directly from working on behalf of the Department for Education (with the Challenge) where he was head of Employer Engagement for the T-Level pilots.

Nigel is passionate about employer engagement and account management and he also has a background in information, advice and guidance. Outside of work, Nigel loves spending time with his two children doing anything that doesn’t involve Wi-Fi. He is a keen golfer in the summer and plays Table Tennis in the winter months.

Dean Maxfield

Dean is Changing Education’s Employer Engagement Lead. With a five year career in sales and marketing, Dean applies his experience on the phone to bridge the gap that currently exists between schools and employers to provide the best possible experiences to both parties.

In his spare time, Dean maintains a regular fitness regime, spends a great deal of time socialising with friends and family and an even greater amount of time watching his favourite show ‘Game of Thrones’.

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