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November 2022 | Human Engine Insights

Human Engine Insights is our monthly digest of what's happening in our world. Each edition will include industry news and thought pieces from our team on what's happening within the private and public sector.


Seasonal Change

Welcome to Autumn - with a bump! Do you remember when we had SCORCHIO (90s 'the fast show' fans will appreciate this joke) days of 40c? Nope... Neither do we. As the nights draw in, it's a great time to blow the dust off the slow cooker, cosy up on the sofa and reflect on the year that's flown by! Whilst we wind down to the most wonderful time of the year... Times are tough for many; many are facing hardship not felt for a generation as we battle an economic crisis. Please spare a thought for those less fortunate - and remember, we're all in this together.

Throughout the past year, we've been working with multiple clients across Local Government, the NHS and the wider public sector on large programmes of work. Our team have been hard at work helping our clients to deliver the best work of their lives and those they serve to improve the quality of life for many. It's a little soon to reveal the outcomes of these projects, but please keep your eyes peeled, we will share more information in future editions! For now, keep reading about our recent celebration event and how you could work for us in 2023!


Celebration of Success

Human Engine has been working with the talent at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council since July 2021 to deliver 20 projects which support businesses, communities, people into employment and investment in skills - as part of the #CommunityRenewalFund (#CRF). The CRF programme was the forerunner to three available Multi-Billion pots - Towns/Levelling Up (LUF2)/UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The programme received £2.4m from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund and was supported by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

There were more than 15 different projects aimed at boosting good employment, boosting economic success and ensuring local residents can access the jobs created.


As a result of the programme, by working with a range of partners:

  • Helped 638 people engage in life skills

  • Helped 19 people find a new job

  • We’ve helped 101 people engage in job searching

  • 10 new businesses have been created

  • We’ve safeguarded 20 jobs as a result of support

  • We’ve worked with volunteers to renovate more than 18 sq km of green space

  • We’ve helped 69 economically inactive people engage with the benefits system

The projects fitted into four groups, which were supporting people into employment, investing in skills, supporting businesses, and supporting communities and place.


To celebrate the success of the CRF Programme, the team held a celebration event on Tuesday 11th October at Worsborough Bridge Community Centre in Barnsley.

Human Engine's Johnny Hunt shares his experience of the day:


This was a fantastic opportunity for project leads to showcase their successes that they had achieved throughout the programme. This was also a chance to reflect on some of the lessons learned during the programme, as well as planning the next stages to build upon the great work already done in the Central Barnsley area.

We started the day with a brief summary of the programme achievements, where we outlined the projects stellar performance in relation to the programme outputs and targets. We then heard from some lived experiences from the programme, in particular from the Community Co-design project which has helped adults who suffer from a lack of confidence to improve their social skills and provide them with tools to re-enter employment post-Pandemic. This brought all the hard work over the last year to life and was powerful to see.


 Market Stall - Barnsley Celebration Event
Market Stall - Barnsley Celebration Event

Next was the Market Stall session, this allowed project leads and participants to showcase their projects to each other, as well as being a great networking opportunity to continue the great work in the future.

Other events included an evaluation session led by Les Newby and Nicky Denison and then a workshop to understand the legacy of the Community Renewal Fund Programme. We then held a ‘Sustaining the CRF Successes’ session which allowed project leads to connect with other projects and commit to making a pledge about what they will do after the session in order to keep CRFs’ legacy alive.


We then finished with a walking tour of Worsbrough Mill led by BMBC’s Ben Marsh where we were shown the array of creative displays (Wishing Tree, dry stone walls and willow weavings to name a few), produced by participants as part of the Volunteering project.

A new stone bench at Worsbrough Mill, which Community Boost volunteers helped create.
A new stone bench at Worsbrough Mill, which Community Boost volunteers helped create.

It was really rewarding to see projects come together and celebrate the hard work that they have done over the last year. It was amazing to hear success stories and personal cases of how the programme has helped the lives of local residents and participants.

Overall, it was a great day, and we hope to build upon the solid foundations we have made to continue to help the people of the Central Barnsley Area and beyond.


Johnny Hunt
Johnny Hunt

Graduate Scheme 2023

Have you or do you know someone who has recently graduated from university or are due to in 2023?


We've launched our application process for our next entry-level graduate role of Business Analyst for a September 2023 start. This is an exciting time to join a rapidly growing organisation and to expand and develop skills in the consulting industry.

Don't just take our word for it.... Recent graduates Jenny and Johnny share an insight into life at Human Engine below:




Act Now! Closing date - 25th November 2022.


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