Rosa Wells, an Education and Training Foundation (ETF)-Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Technical Teaching Fellow, has secured further recognition for her passion for Further Education.
In a profile of Rosa on the Guardian website, she discusses how she helped young engineering students into fantastic careers at employers such as Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin Lagonda and National Express.
Aeronautical engineer Rosa, who is executive director for employment, skills and IoT (Institute of Technology) at Solihull College and University Centre, also talks about how she got involved in FE, her experiences working in the sector and the many highlights of her career thus far. She also discusses the role of FE in technical education, including the importance of offering courses that develop into careers and of supporting the current workforce to develop.
Rosa is one of three Technical Teaching Fellows for the current academic year. Her Fellowship was announced in January 2021, alongside those of Ben Houlihan and Peter Jackson, but the official presentation of their awards could not be made because of restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
They, and the three Fellows announced for the 2022–23 academic year – Adam Hackney, Alison Ackroyd and Simon Parker – will gather at the Royal Society in London on Friday 4 March for a celebratory event. It will see Rosa and the other current Fellows report on the high-impact activities they have carried out under the auspices of their Fellowships, and the official presentation of the awards to all six Fellows.
Cerian Ayres, the ETF’s National Head of Technical Education, who leads the Technical Teaching Fellowship programme, said:
“The Technical Teaching Fellowship programme makes awards to leaders in technical education across the FE sector, providing them with the platform and support they need to extend the influence of their work for the benefit of the whole sector and its learners. In doing so, it is helping to create the next generation of the technical workforce that is vital to our nation’s economy.
“The Fellowships are all about inspirational figures from across our sector being recognised and supported to share their understanding and ideas, and we are delighted that Rosa has been recognised further with her inclusion in this campaign to inspire more colleagues from industry with technical expertise and experience to teach in FE.”
Further details of the Technical Teaching Fellowship programme are available on the ETF website.