Robin Webber-Jones is the new Principal of Tresham College, part of The Bedford College Group.
As part of a restructure to enable the merger with Central Bedfordshire College, The Bedford College Group has a new management line-up with long-standing CEO Ian Pryce CBE forgoing his Group Principal title and creating new Principal roles for Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Robin’s mission is all about “careers not courses” and focussing on preparing people for the rapidly changing world of work – with the support of employers who desperately need well-skilled staff.
A series of employer and leadership-facing events are now being staged including later this month, on January 26th, with a high level curriculum discussion with representatives of the national Associate of Colleges and the regional SEMLEP organisation, and others.
Tresham College has become an increasingly powerful force in education in Northamptonshire since merging with the multi-award- winning Bedford College in 2017, to create The Bedford College Group.
In addition to modern campuses in Corby and Kettering, now well-stocked with students, the Wellingborough campus has been transformed, a new Sixth Form is opening this autumn in Corby town centre, and nearby is the Corby Learning Centre helping people access basic IT skills.
Experience and skills
Robin has a wide range of experience and skills to enable him take the helm, most recently he was Head of Apprenticeships at the University of Derby where he led some of the largest University apprenticeship provision in the country:
“As part of that role, I was on the leadership team developing the new Nuclear Skills Academy with Rolls-Royce.
“I have had a career spanning two decades in FE and Skills running independent training providers and in senior management roles in FE.
“I have been a Vice Principal at the Sheffield College, held a range of leadership roles at Derby College Group, been a Director of Learning at New College Stamford, and held leadership roles in other large colleges.
“I have worked with the Office for Students on the Teaching Excellence Framework and I am a Director of a not-for-profit organisation that researches and supports under-represented groups to progress to higher levels of learning.
“I am a Trustee of the education body for the SEG Access Awards and sit on the QAA Access Recognition and Licensing Committee. “
“Finally, I have published widely on FE leadership, curriculum design and collaboration in the sector.”