Our trustees are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds including finance, media and communications, technology, adult/workplace learning, e-learning, Whitehall and business.
No young person today is insulated from technology: whatever their circumstances, whether they're unemployed or working they're always walking around with a device in their hand. There's a proportion of young people - who use technology in their lives - who regret that the education system failed them, or that they failed to grasp it. These are the people whom Ufi should be supporting.
I want Ufi to get to adult learners who have been turned off by traditional teaching. We’ve got real skills gaps and shortages in this country right the way through the economy and the Trust needs to be at the cutting edge of applied research - at the boundary between technology and vocational education - so that it can advise the sector and influence key stakeholders on what’s coming next.
From schools to universities there is a crisis of relevance and an over-academic curriculum. Rather than getting pulled this way and that, we will focus our funds narrowly on the intersection between vocational learning, technology, and scalability.
There's a real issue with how colleges and work-based trainers view the use of e-learning. I want Ufi to find ways to influence how people apply learning technologies in their teaching and how institutions manage the deployment of learning technologies.
One of the huge problems being thrown up from employers is their surprise that after eleven years of formal education, there’s too many young people coming forward who lack basic literacy and numeracy skills. I am determined that Ufi Charitable Trust will contribute to solving this problem.