Movers and Shakers – Edition 177

Movers and Shakers - Edition 177

Yorkshire Coast College’s principal, Clare Wareing, has announced that she has left her role.

Ms Wareing, who first joined the college in 2013 after 16 years at York College, said she was leaving to “pursue other educational interests”.

The Grismby Institute, which runs the college, confirmed the departure and added that deputy principal Ann Hardy was taking over as interim principal “with immediate effect”.

A spokesperson for the institute said: “Under the leadership of Clare Wareing we have focused on teaching and learning, and developing the aspirations of learners so they attain the highest possible levels of achievement from their experience with us.

“We thank Clare for her contribution and efforts in helping to meets the needs of learners and the local community, and wish her well for the future.”

The college said it will “shortly be advertising” for a new permanent principal.

Meanwhile, West Nottinghamshire College has welcomed Chris Thomas as its new deputy principal for teaching and learning.

He has joined from Blackpool and The Fylde College, where he rose to the position of director of FE during his five years there.

Mr Thomas said: “I’m really proud to have joined West Nottinghamshire College, which has a fantastic reputation throughout the FE sector and is regarded as being one of the best colleges in the country.

“I am looking forward to working with colleagues and governors to help realise our ambitions and am excited about the journey the college is on.”

Mr Thomas began his education career as a chemistry teacher before working in medical research at the University of Liverpool.

He then entered the FE sector as a science tutor at Runshaw College, Lancashire, and spent four years as head of curriculum at Hugh Baird College, in Liverpool.

Mr Thomas will replace the current deputy Patricia Harman, who leaves the college in late June.

And Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation, a regional umbrella organisation for skills providers, has appointed Gareth Jones to lead its new apprenticeships information desk.

Mr Jones joins from the Skills Funding Agency as apprenticeships strategy manager.

A spokesperson for the federation said the new service will steer more than 70 skills providers through revised government expectations of standards, the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and new funding criteria.

Mr Jones will oversee channels of communication to help skills providers, including webinars, regular bulletins and an apprenticeships reform microsite.

He said: “The challenge of providing the right apprenticeships for young people and local businesses will evolve as the latest government directives take hold.

“The federation is here to ensure local skills providers are equipped to embrace opportunities. We want our members to have all the information they need about apprenticeship reform at their fingertips so they can focus on delivering quality provision.”

Mr Jones has more than 15 years’ experience in the skills sector and sits on the board of Liverpool City Region Apprenticeships Hub.

Earlier in his career he worked on establishing the National Apprenticeship Service, where he worked for seven years.

Prior to this he was operations manager with Touchstone Learning & Skills for six years.