Agenda for Opportunity Sheffield Celebration Event

Wednesday 9 December 2020 (10am-2pm)

On Wednesday 9 December, Opportunity Sheffield – the employment and skills service within Sheffield City Council – is hosting a citywide welfare-to-work recognition event.

Anyone with an interest in employment support in Sheffield is invited to attend the event, which will feature guest speakers, breakout room discussions, reflections on 2020, case studies, awards and more.

If you’d like to attend the event, please register via our Eventbrite page


10:00            Start

10:10             Welcome and introduction – John Powell, Programme Manager, Opportunity Sheffield

10:20             Guest speaker – Cllr Abtisam Mohammed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Sheffield City Council

10:30             Quiz and word game ice-breaker (breakout rooms) sponsored by ICONI Software

10:50            The Teacake Club presents… ‘2020: The year that was’

11:05            Innovation in Delivery Award 2020, sponsored by ICONI Software

11:20             Presentation: Kickstart Scheme – Gareth Urwin, Service Manager, Opportunity Sheffield

11:30             Presentation: ESF employment activity in Sheffield – Matthew Teale, Development Manager, Opportunity Sheffield

11:45            Sheffield’s inspirational participants (Part 1)

12:00            Entertainment & Coffee break

12:15            Sheffield’s inspirational participants (Part 2)

12:25            ICONI Software introduces the Participant of the Year Award 2020, sponsored by ICONI Software

12:40            Breakout rooms – choose from three options:

  • Andrew Jeffrey from The City of Sanctuary Sheffield – Debunking the myths around refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Kevin Stevens from The Amber Project Child Exploitation Service – Raising awareness of how, and why, young people are groomed into joining gangs.
  • Rob Walker from Sheffield City Council – Discussing digital skills now and in the future – employer demand, upskilling and routeways into employment

13:10            IEP introduces the Adviser of the year Award 2020, sponsored by IEP

13:20            Opportunity Sheffield’s Provider of the Year Award 2020, sponsored by ICONI Software

13:30             Final reflections on 2020 – challenges, achievements and success stories

13:40             Opportunity Sheffield’s ESF keyworkers of the quarter (Sept-Nov)

13:50             Closing remarks

13:55             The finale!

Zoom link

To join the event at 10am on Wednesday 9th December, please use the following Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 947 0592 7609

Passcode: 3J=81A

Breakout rooms

The afternoon will feature a choice of guest speakers presenting in individual breakout rooms.

In order to choose the breakout room you would like to join on the day, you will need to download the Zoom desktop client ( ) and use this to join the event.

If you have downloaded the desktop client prior to joining the event, Zoom should prompt you to join this way.

If you do not download the Zoom desktop client and join via the web instead, you will not be able to choose your room and will be randomly assigned to a room.