Winter Seminar Series sponsored by JT - 27th February 2015


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This seminar will be held in the Colborne Room at the Old Government House Hotel on Friday 27 February, between 12 and 2pm, and is entitled:

“Bridging Guernsey’s future skills’ gaps through education, training and technology ”

With more employers recruiting young people, and a generally more buoyant mood in the economy, how does Guernsey fare against the UK in terms of perceived skills’ shortages and how can these be addressed over the coming years?

With an extensive project having been undertaken over the last two years, our highly-experience panel will explore these issues at this very topical seminar.

Saboohi Famili: Chief Executive and Principal at Guernsey College of Further Education

Stating working life as an Electronic Engineer in Tehran Toosi University, Saboohi has held various positions in FHE Institutions in the UK. She has wide experience of developing and delivering creative, flexible, business and educational solutions and teaching on and managing a range of training and learning support provision.

She has an MA in Educational Leadership and Management; a BSc Degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications and has worked in Engineering, IT, and Education.

Simon Le Tocq- Chief Executive Guernsey Training Agency

Simon Le Tocq is Chief Executive at the GTA University Centre. He has been working in education since graduating and has held teaching positions in the UK, China, Italy and Hungary. Simon spent 6 years working as Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as co-ordinating the University’s International Foundation Year Programme. He returned to Guernsey to take up employment with the GTA in 2008.

Ronald Van de Ven: Head of Networks, JT

Ronald joined JT in 1999 initially in a sales support role and later as Project Coordinator and IP Network Manager before being promoted to Head of Networks in 2012. During his time in this role, Ronald has shaped JT’s transport networks from a traditional transmission to (IP and one) one that will help JT realise their strategy, of which an important part is to install a full fibre network.

Ronald was born and educated in Holland and after leaving college with a computer science degree he began his career working for a Dutch company. His job eventually took him to the South of France to set up a subsidiary from scratch in marine electronics.