Director/Founder of futureCoders. We provide rich work experience through app development for social purposes.
Alongside this I manage digital apprenticeships at The Challenge, a social integration charity running a high quality apprenticeship programme. Currently I am managing the transition from framework to standards across all our vocational areas.
Previously, I was a lecturer at Mid Kent College of HFE over a 25 year period with a few years break to do some teaching at The Hundred of Hoo School in the late 90s.
My focus in the last five years has been on researching effective ways to add industry input and involvement for students who have opted for a college education as an alternative to A levels. As a result of my findings from a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship and two other projects funded by the Education and Training Foundation, I have set up futureCoders to help provide a middle ground between academic or vocational institution-based education and apprenticeships. This will open up a wider range of progression routes for young people who are keen coders.
T-levels are being introduced in an attempt to address two major problems: the lack of parity between academic and vocational education and currently low levels of awareness of attractive alternatives to university education at undergraduate level.
Having worked with many talented young coders in her 25 year career in teaching, RSA Fellow Karen Scott used the findings from her research projects to develop an idea for a rich work experience. futureCoders has moved from an idea to a working entity and is now crowdfunding to help raise sufficient funding to get started, to start to build a client base and to run a six month pilot to get some preliminary measures of impact.
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