Director of Teaching Supply Agency leads by example and heads back to University to refresh skills

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Michaela Powell, Birmingham Director and Owner of an award-winning teaching supply recruitment agency, Aspire People, has spent 20 years fostering a culture of learning. Now she is heading back to University herself, from this September, to revise her own business skills.

Michaela Powell owner of teaching supply agency Aspire People

It’s so easy for business leaders to become complacent when your company is successful, so taking time out to think strategically is important.

Birmingham teaching supply agency owner, Michaela Powell, has spent years fostering a culture of learning for her own business. Now she’s the one heading back to school in an effort to swot up on her business know-how.

Michaela founded Aspire People Limited, a Midlands-based supply teacher and education recruitment company, in 2004. What started out as a one-woman operation in the attic of an office has grown into a business employing 50 staff working with over 2,000 education professionals each year and every local authority in the region.

Despite this success, Michaela is refusing to rest on her laurels and is about to embark on an MSc in Leadership and Organisational Performance at Birmingham City Business School, a work-based degree that will allow her to fulfil her role as managing director whilst completing various business modules.

After putting two members of staff through Master’s programmes at the university, she decided to look at ways to expand her own skill set.

Speaking of the degree, which is the first of its kind in the region, Michaela said: “This is the first programme I’ve found that allows me to focus on my own personal development, without compromising my position in the company.”

“It’s so easy for business leaders to become complacent when your company is successful, so taking time out to think strategically is important. Working in recruitment, I recognise that business needs are constantly changing, so embarking on training to keep my skills relevant is imperative.”

Martin Reynolds, head of Centre for Leadership and Management at Birmingham City Business School, said: “Our new Master’s is perfect for people like Michaela, who have already built an esteemed business but want to learn new skills that will assist with its future development.”

“The programme is unique in that it encourages our students to take a fresh approach to business leadership, without dragging them away from the workplace - where we know they need to be.”

Aspire People helps talented professionals across the midlands source exciting teaching jobs and office and technical jobs in schools.

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