#186 – Just-in-Time Training
Welcome to the next episode of our The Voctech Podcast: learning continued series, supported by the Ufi Voctech Trust and Ufi Ventures. You can follow the conversation using #voctechpodcast and #voctech.
What’s in this episode?
First up in this week’s episode, our intrepid further education podcast whizz Ian Hurd, is out chatting to sector colleagues at Bridgend College about getting on the ‘digital starting-line’ and beyond. Think cyber-security, 3d printing, and jam boards.
Bridgend College is a further education college based in Bridgend, Wales, in the UK and is the 2019 TES FE College of the Year. Founded in 1928 as the Bridgend Mining and Technical Institute, the college today has four campuses. The college is a Times Top 100 Best Not For Profit Organisations to Work for 2020 and this year kicks off a pilot scheme from September 2020 that will form a new qualification in cyber security, designed to create routes into tech careers for a new generation of digital learners.
The second part of the episode is with the team at How Do I?. Taryl and Tom talk to us about accessibility, instruction and learning technology in the workplace as we throw back to an interview from the tail end of last year.
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Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded 2000+ times a week, from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie is a mentor and advisor within the edtech community. If she’s not interviewing a University Lecturer, School Leader, Ex-Angry Bird, NGO, or Investor about education innovation, she’s chasing her son around the park or binge-reading Homo Deus.
Taryl is Co founder & CEO of How Do I?. How Do I? link learning experiences to location with tap-to-launch video. Current projects centre primarily around dementia and vocational training solutions and their tech can be used to meet a range of support needs. How Do I? delivers intuitive video-led mobile products for use at home and work. How do I? operate in learning & development, housing and assistive technology spaces.
Taryl’s primary areas of responsibility include operations, user and customer research, strategy, project management, finance, business development, grant writing, pitching and fundraising. Taryn also leads on legal and governance.
The flagship app How Do I? links location to learning and increases accessibility through NFC technology and step by step instructional videos. NFC stands for Near Field Communication and is the same technology used in contactless debit cards. Tags are placed strategically around a living, learning or working space to link in situ learning opportunities with the related video, and it’s as easy as touching an NFC-enabled device to the brightly coloured How Do I? tag.
As co founder, Tom developed the business and technology from early prototyping and testing stage, winning a Recognition Award in Nesta’s Inclusive Technology Prize. As CPO, Tom’s primary areas of responsibility include product, branding and marketing.
Ian is a reporter and presenter for The Edtech Podcast. His focus is on Further Education. Ian has a fascination with the concept of creativity and has a blog coming soon with a focus on developing soft skills.
Carl Bickle, Robotics Engineering Lecturer, Bridgend College | Twitter: @BridgendCollege
Quotes from this episode
References from this week’s episode
- WISE Accelerator – applications link
- UFI VocTech Trust – Twitter
- UFI Voctech Essentials Project
- Ian Hurd – Twitter
- Bridgend College – Twitter
- Claire George – Twitter
- Kriss Baird – Twitter
- All Parliamentary Part Group on Digital Skills – Twitter
- DR. Scott Morgan: Digital Lead at Bridgend College – LinkedIn
- World Skills (Kazan 2019) – website
- SANS Institute Berlin – website
- SANS Institute – Twitter
- Cyber Wales Cluster Group – website
- Cyber Wales – Twitter
- Fitzalan School Cardiff – website
- Fitzalan School Cardiff – Twitter
- Cardiff University – website
- Cardiff University – Twitter
- Raspberry Pi – Twitter
- Programmable Logic Controller – explanation
- Q.bo Robots – YouTube video
- Emotion-Robotics – website
- EVA – Collaborative Robot – article
- How Do I? – Twitter
- How Do I? – website
- Taryl Law – Twitter
- Taryl Law – LinkedIn
- Tom Casson – Twitter
- Tom Casson – LinkedIn
- Gimlet Media – website
- Gimlet Cocktail – description and recipe
- Old Fashioned Cocktail – description and recipe
- IHM Business School – twitter
- NFC stickers – explanation
- Near Field Communication (NFC) – explanation
- QR code – explanation
- It’s Never Too Late to Start a Brilliant Career – Wall Street Journal article
- Swiss Cottage School – Twitter
- Black Books – TV show, IMDB link
- Camp America – Twitter
- Innovate UK – Twitter
- Unity Works – Twitter
- Camden Society – Twitter
- Alzheimer’s Society – Twitter
Thank you to the Ufi Voctech Trust & Ufi Ventures
Our aim is to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce by funding digital solutions for vocational learning. We only fund activity that is ‘scalable’ through technology, ie projects that use digital methods to widen access to vocational learning. While digital learning solutions are potentially open to all, we are especially keen to assist digital projects which involve post-school age vocational learners that have failed to be engaged by the education system. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Head of Communications, Ufi Voctech Trust. Ufi Ventures offers early-stage ventures finance and support that draws on the depth of Ufi’s experience in developing digital technologies for skills needed for work. We can invest from £150,000 up to £1m as equity or debt into early-stage companies who share our mission and meet our investment criteria. We are keen to collaborate and co-invest with other value-aligned investors interested in the opportunity presented by the changing nature of work and skills. Contact: email@example.com
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