Ray Barnes - Chair
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.
Ufi now has a major opportunity to focus on a single main objective, which is to produce a step change in adult learning and employability using learning technologies. I want the activities we fund to result in changes for the whole system, for all providers, and for the many thousands of learners involved in adult learning. We are intent on ensuring that our work makes a real and measurable difference.
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.
I am pleased to be part of an organisation that is not only passionate about how technology can improve vocational and adult education but rather than talk about it actually makes things happen…
Vocational learning and training is a vital part of our education system and economy. As digital opportunities develop it is important that those are used to the benefit of providers, learners and employers - to enhance the quality, effectiveness and the reach of the learning opportunities That is why I am excited to be a trustee of Ufi.
I am passionate about wanting to help young people and adults alike get the opportunities they deserve to make a difference to themselves and to society through vocational education and technological initiatives. These initiatives will in turn, I believe, cause ripple effects in the way we address education that should create lasting changes to society.
I am passionate about empowering young people to make the right career choices, especially into such a vibrant and growing sector such as technology. I am equally passionate about the need to evolve and develop new ways of learning that embrace technology and are more in line with how young people utilise technology.
I want every one of the UK’s adult learners to prosper from their endeavours to study and I know that technology has a key role to play. Technology has the capability to help every learner fulfil their potential so that they can enter the world of work as a confident individual with a great contribution to make. I want the activities we fund to ensure high quality training for educators and technologies for learners that are well designed, specific for their needs and easy to use.