DN Colleges Group WorldSkills Educators Have Been Selected
Five staff members across North Lindsey College and Doncaster College have been selected to represent DN Colleges Group as WorldSkills Educators. This fantastic opportunity came about after the Group were selected out of 85 other colleges’ applications to be a WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence.
Staff members from North Lindsey College include Tracey Fletcher who is a Painting and Decorating tutor and Tamsin Anderson who is an Art and Design tutor. Tamsin’s specialism is in Fine Art, 3D and 2D work but will have more of a focus on jewellery design and merchandise, whereas Tracey will focus on all areas in painting and decorating.
The DN Colleges team are signed-up to working with the WorldSkills UK High Performance Skills Coaches for three years with training starting in the new year. The team across both sites will be assigned mentors to work with, who are all experienced WorldSkills UK Training Managers. They will capture learnings developed from international competitions and use these to coach and mentor the tutors who will pass their knowledge on to their students and colleagues, to help strive towards international high standards and excellence in their teaching and learning.
Tamsin said, “Working with the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence will help deliver a new set of skills to me and to our students, you can never learn too much. I am happy to undertake any training in education that will help benefit our students. I really value learning and how it can actually change your life; I can’t wait to get started.”
Tracey is also keen to get involved with the programme after expressing an interest to get involved and is hoping to visit different Centres of Excellence and share best practice. Tracey is also a regular at the WorldSkills (Skills Build) competitions which she has attended with her students in the past and has seen the benefits of this.
Tracey said, “I applied to learn new strategies that might positively impact our students and encourage them to be their best. I am excited and looking forward to sharing good practices with others and meeting new and inspirational people.” Tracey continued, “I am interested to develop new practices to encourage our students to be more ambitious in their chosen career aspirations.”