The world of Further Education is both rich and diverse but what I like about it is the level of challenge it brings and the massive difference it can make to the lives of young people and adults. Without blowing our own trumpets we are quite good at solution orientation and I marvel at how we solve problems while other elements of society seem to be disorganised, lack focus with a glass always half empty. I think that our expertise is far reaching and can be used to influence change in other sectors.
Many of the institutions we hold near and dear in the
Anyway it’s the time of year where colleges are involved in staff recruitment for next year. Our interviews this year include some very senior appointments due to retirements of some very eminent staff. As ever, the calibre of applicants is very mixed but I thought I would give some examples of some statements made by interviewees and my interpretation.
“I would adopt an holistic approach to the issue”
(Has no idea about the question so will aimlessly look at the situation with no measure of success)
“I am very entrepreneurial”
(Could be a maverick that has no intention of following a corporate agenda or approach)
Interesting interpretations don’t you think, and no doubt familiar to anyone who has undergone the recruitment process in the last few years. One of the big issues for me however is the need to recruit individuals who can ‘think outside the box’ and ensure that change management is focused around further improving service standards for the learner. Within our existing team at
I continue to relish the challenges and opportunities that the world of Further Education brings. In the last twelve months we hope to establish further degree courses for our ever growing undergraduate numbers, together with a new model of learning for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities. All of our ventures/projects focus around the value added concept and I have no doubt they will exude the real meaning of Further Education in terms of development and opportunities for young people and adults. Let’s be proud of our Educational system and what it brings to the people of
Paul Phillips is principal and chief executive of Weston College, Weston-super-Mare
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