Worthing College has announced that vice-principal Paul Riley will lead it on an interim basis — following the announcement that its principal Peter Corrigan would be leaving his post at the end of August.

The move also promotes Steven Fodden, the current assistant principal, to interim vice-principal.

Mr Corrigan has served the college for more than 30 years and will be moving on to other professional opportunities in the FE sector.

The chair of governors Paul Amoo said: “We would like to thank Peter for his achievements, his loyalty, dedication and commitment to students and staff.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him and we wish to express our gratitude for having led the move to our outstanding new campus, for achieving an Ofsted ‘good’ rating in all areas, and for leaving the college in a much improved financial position.”

The college governors confirmed that they will now put arrangements in place for recruiting a permanent principal during the next academic year.

Commenting on the interim arrangements, Mr Amoo said: “We are delighted that Paul and Steven have agreed to lead the college working with governors, staff and students, in achieving our goals and ensuring the best possible opportunities and successes for everyone.”

Meanwhile, the current principal at Shrewsbury College, Steve Wain, will switch over to lead Swindon College at the end of August.

Mr Wain, who has been at the helm for four years, will replace the outgoing Andrew Miller, who retires from his post at Swindon College later in the year.

Mr Wain said he is “very much looking forward” to his new role.

“Swindon is a vibrant town, with a growing economy and excellent future prospects,” he said.

“Swindon College is playing a crucial role in supporting economic growth and in providing much needed education and training for the wider community.”

The outgoing Mr Miller joined Swindon College in January 2010, and took it from a grade three Ofsted rating to grade one (outstanding) in 2013.

He said he is pleased to be able to leave the college in “such an excellent position”.

And Devon-based apprenticeship training provider, Skills Group, has appointed Chris Jeffery as a non-executive director to advise on its skills funding strategy.

Within the role, Ms Jeffery, who has nearly 30 years’ experience in the training and development sector, has been tasked with “promoting and representing” the interests of local employers in the national debate about apprenticeship reforms, and the apprenticeship levy.

Commenting on her new role, Ms Jeffery said: “It is a real pleasure to work with such a unique and successful organisation.

“I hope to help Skills Group over the transition created by the reforms in a way that builds on their ethical and moral compass, helping to add more value to their partnerships with local employers and to further improve the learner experience.”

Ms Jeffery was a founding member and chair of the Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network, and now serves on the board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers.

Previously, she established a chain of five hair salons around Plymouth, alongside achieving her teaching qualifications, before becoming an external verifier for City & Guilds.

She was then appointed as the managing director for Academy of Training Ltd in 1988.

In 2010, Ms Jeffery took on a role as strategy and policy adviser for GP Strategies Training Ltd until the position at Skills Group came up this year.

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