Describe your role at your college or organisation?
I’m an ambassador for the WorldSkills movement and one of the main WorldSkills ambassadors in Scotland which is a group of key influencers. I chair the six-weekly meetings and look to involve all the colleges, employers and key agencies. We work hard to improve the profile of skills in Scotland and also address the skills education policy. I’m also looking at the more strategic objectives of WorldSkills. It’s not just about biennial (national and international) skills competitions although that drives the excellence, so really we’re about supporting that wider ambition which manifests through the Centre of Excellence, Innovation Network and Learning Lab which is really important. What we’re trying to do is embed it into the day-to-day curriculum which fits in with the teacher excellence programme.
I’m also head of the WorldSkills UK academy at City of Glasgow College, where I oversee the national and the international competition programme and all the associated teacher excellence programmes which is aligned with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. In previous roles I’ve been involved in PDA (professional development awards) for teachers and the TQE (teacher quality enhancement) qualifications for teachers in Scotland. I’m very much trying to integrate the teacher excellence aspects and longer-term looking at what the university offer is. I’m involved in related research and internationalisation projects so that involves Turing and Erasmus programmes among other European and international projects.
I have team meetings once a month and I run ‘lunch and learn’ events and lots of CPD activity, very much focussing on teacher excellence in bite-size sessions and our coaching programme.