It seems a long time since I wrote my last blog –  2017 is flying by. Our Dreamrs are hard at work on fantastic app development projects for truly amazing clients, our CEO is fresh back from representing Dreamr as part of key trade missions to San Francisco, and South Korea. It’s all good.


I’m privileged to be working with some great people outside of Dreamr too. I’m contributing to a variety of projects with the sole aim of sharing my experience, following my first career working for a major corporate, and now here as Head of Aspiration, I guess I have some valuable stuff I can share. My mission is to add value, not only with the next digital generation, but also within education, start-ups and other businesses – both here in Manchester, and further afield.


I’m blessed, in that giving something back is a passion which I share with Mylo, and that I am actively encouraged to get involved.


It’ll always be important to me to get out there into schools and colleges and spread the news about STEM careers and inspire young people by sharing the endless possibilities offered by a career in tech. I’m visiting Buile Hill School in Salford shortly – and taking another Dreamr along, which is great for their development too –  it should be fun.


At Dreamr, we work closely with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce – you couldn’t wish to meet a more lovely committed bunch of people, dedicated to supporting Greater Manchester’s business community.


I was delighted to be asked to join their Skills Advisory Committee last year, to work with them on closing the skills gap in sectors like digital. Through this work I’ve become involved with a further exciting project, as a member of the main regional stakeholder group for the transnational, Growing Apprenticeship Partnerships for SMEs (SME GAP) project led by Manchester Metropolitan Business Centre.


Working with MMU and Chamber and other key stakeholders, we’re heading out to Vienna and Cordoba later this year to see what best practices we can pass on, and equally what we can bring back.


We are passionate about demonstrating the value apprentices can bring to businesses and highlighting what tremendous opportunity it is to be an apprentice – whether at degree level or not. At a time of great change in this area, and the arrival of the levy, it’s so important businesses get this right.


I’m also now officially a mentor through the Manchester Business Growth Hub, waiting to be paired with a suitable mentee. That’s something I’m really looking forward to in the next few weeks. I’m also working with the fantastic Entrepreneurial Spark team this month and running a session with their latest intake of budding entrepreneurs.


It’s always a joy to be a part of supporting our Dreamrs to grow their skills and grow as individuals, and sometimes a joy to keep my 16 week old sausage dog puppy in line, back at Dreamr HQ. The life of a Head of Aspiration is certainly never a dull one.


If you want to see how I get on, follow me on Twitter @lynne-dreamr

Lynne Makinson-Walsh