In a continuation of the L&D QuestionTime series we hear from this years finalists of the Learning Professional of The Year award.
This week we hear from Darren Storrer of Hull College Group.
In your opinion what is the biggest anxiety within the world of learning and development at the moment?
Being able to meet the demands in education to get people ready for the world of work and give them the skills and belief in themselves to go out into the world and put into practise their learning and succeed in life.
Who or what is informing your thinking around L&D?
For me it’s coming from both learners and employers alike. Everybody always will learn and develop to meet the needs put upon them. we need to look at this and try to direct this in a way beneficial to al concerned.
What is the most exciting innovation on the horizon for learning?
For me the integration of technology into a very traditional industry allow the way we deliver and teach to change for the better. Sharing information digitally and the amount of recourses available is astounding, allowing all access to materials to digest.
What “game changers” would you like to see and why?
Lose the conformity in education and allow all to not follow a syllabus but learn in a way that suits the individual best look at outcomes over ticking boxes. Following a set order to deliver learning doesn’t suit all, if feels like our hands are tied, we need freedom to tailor learning to the needs of each and every individual. I’ve looked at this and tried a little of it, it works success and achievements improve.
What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2020?
It will change and develop, however I feel that it will be slow and gradual, to allow all involved to take in the changes and become used to the landscape as it changes
What advice would you give your 21 year old self?
Grab every opportunity with both hands and embrace it!
Darren’s aim in teaching is to change the lives of young people to give them the best chances and support in their education. Which will hopefully lead to them gaining employment.
Currently curriculum leader for 14-16 year olds in construction, professional construction courses and electrical courses. worked at the college since 2002 and taught on many programmes within the school. became a curriculum leader in 2007, and a sector subject area lead in 2012.
Lead internal verifier for BTEC courses, and worked with Sirius Academy to gain them direct claim status for there BTEC programmes -delivered many BTEC construction courses in secondary schools in the region such as Sirius Academy, Winifred Holtby and South Holderness.
Connect with Darren on Twitter @DarrenStorrer