Bradley Plows joined Bishop Burton in January and will fulfil a range of essential functions in support of the College’s aspiration to continually develop its students’ learning experience. His role will also focus on enhancing the College’s software and hardware capability, improving safety and security online and supporting staff to build confidence and skills in digital learning.
The appointment of Bradley demonstrates the College is a step closer in supporting each of its students’ employment chances by deepening their skills set within the ‘digital’ sphere, an ever-growing sector and increasingly essential employer requirement in all areas of work. According to a report published by the Government in June 2019;
"Digital skills are required in at least 82% of online advertised [job] openings across the UK."
This is just one reason why investment in this area is a central element of the College’s digital and curriculum transformation strategy, ensuring students can confidently gain these valuable employment skills, across all the College’s curriculum.
The College has also provided many students with free loan laptops during the 3 national lockdowns, to make sure that all students are able to continue to access online lessons and support. Bundles of Vodaphone SIM cards, pre-loaded with data, have also be given to those students with the greatest need of support, to make sure that quality remote teaching delivery and learning can continue.
The College is excited to make this investment in enhancing its digital provision and support, building on its Digital Strategy. We hope to be able to share our best practice and benefits both long and short term from making this key appointment. As well as continue to build on our digital technology improvements which are central to current and future student learning.