Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson Education

Cindy will be speaking at the Federation of Awarding Bodies conference, which is taking place in Leicester on 10 and 11 October. Cindy moved into the education sector in 2011 when she took up the role of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College. In 2016 she was appointed a Deputy Further Education Commissioner by the Department for Education working on the Government’s review of the Further Education sector nationally. Before moving into the education sector Cindy held a number of senior roles in the entertainment media sector including roles at EMI, Warner Brothers and Virgin.

Cindy is passionate about the vital role education and skills based learning can play in helping individuals make progress in their lives but also in driving economic growth and productivity. She has a particular interest in the increasing role of technology in providing access to education and lifelong learning including how it can innovate what we learn and how we learn. 

The role of lifelong learning and career focused education – importance past and future

We asked Cindy for an overview of her conference speech:

Over half of 16-18’s and many more adults achieve intermediate vocational qualifications each year. I have been thinking about the many brilliant individuals that I worked with in industry prior to moving into education in 2011 and since in education. So many of my colleagues in the media and education sectors went to college and took a vocational course – accessing employment, growing, contributing to businesses and wider society. The value of vocational education at an individual and broader economic level has been evident for decades so why do we still ignore this or question whether it is good enough?

Finally, what two key points will delegates take away from your session?

Should we be tackling the snobbery and prejudice towards this pathway with facts – economic value added, learner access and progression supported.

Is now the time to take stock, look at the real value of this pathway & ‘tweak’, ‘fine tune’ rather than throw the baby out with the bath water (to quote a wise ex Education Minister)

Come along to the conference, to hear from Cindy and other speakers, to network with colleagues and to find out the latest industry news.