Apprenticeships & Workforce Development
Apprenticeships & Workforce Development
The Apprenticeship team will facilitate and ensure the successful delivery of our apprenticeship programmes and short courses.
Professor Scott S. P. Wildman BSC, PhD, FHEA
Director of Apprenticeships & Workforce Development
Professor Scott Wildman, a Professor of Higher Education and Human Physiology, is the Director of Apprenticeships & Workforce Development at New College of Humanities. He was previously Director of Apprenticeships at the University of Kent and has held academic appointments at the Royal Veterinary College, UCL, Johns Hopkins University, and Imperial College London.
Scott provides strategic leadership, and day-to-day management, for NCH’s provision of workforce enhancement solutions, including higher and degree apprenticeships. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is nationally recognised for Widening Access & Outreach (2020; Guardian University Award) and Employer Engagement (2018; Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award), and was a Finalist at the National Apprenticeship Awards (2018).
Venessa Gordon BA MBCS MInstLM
Business Relations Manager (Apprenticeships & Workforce Development)
Venessa is responsible for the successful delivery of the College’s degree apprenticeship programmes, managing employer relationships to maximise opportunities; while supporting the apprenticeship journey between the employer, apprentice and college. Before coming to the college Venessa worked with a business support company delivering contracts nationally and internationally.
With over 20 years experience in the education sector, Venessa has developed programs for large clients such as Clifford Chance, Barclays, NHS Trusts and SMEs; constantly looking for innovative ways to promote educational development for progress of the individual for business growth. Venessa completed her BA in Leadership and Management at Loughborough College and has memberships with the Chartered Institute of IT and The Institute of Leadership and Management.
Lauren Baldock BA MA QTS
Director of Operations (Apprenticeships & Workforce Development)
Lauren is responsible for the operations and project management for Apprenticeships and Workforce Development programmes. She oversees the smooth running of programmes and integrated policies and procedures.
Lauren has worked as a consultant for arts organisations, independent companies and leading universities on apprenticeships, degree and postgraduate programmes, education and outreach work, data collation and evaluation.
Previously Head of Learning and Participation at Jasmin Vardimon Company with responsibility for the development of the highly successful JV2 Professional Development Program and several other HE and short course programs both in the UK and Internationally. Lauren has developed relationships and outreach programmes with schools and developed professional resources to enrich and supplement curriculum delivery, as well as worked at the University of Kent as a Lecturer and various schools as a qualified Teacher. Prior to this Lauren worked for several other dance companies, a dance development agency, and has a background in professional dance performance, radio and television work.
Patricia Meyer-Seidt, Dipl. Inf., AFHEA
Programme Director (Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship Programme)
Patricia leads the academic delivery of the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional and higher apprenticeship programme.
With an academic degree in Computer Science, she has earned over 25 years of experience in software and solution development, project management, general management and data analytics. She worked for and with international companies and clients, i.a. Allianz, BMW, Santander and Siemens.
After moving to the UK, she worked as an Information Manager for a Health Research Network in Cambridge, Big Data Manager at Santander UK and as Lecturer at a University in London, where she taught DTS Apprentices, Bachelor and Master students in a variety of subjects, including Data Management, Data Analytics and Digital Leadership.
Valentina Parrinello BSc PGradDip
Apprenticeships Administrator and Programme Manager NUin
Valentina is responsible for the day to day oversight of the administrative support to the student mobility programs facilitating and promoting excellent student services.
Valentina has over 10 years’ experience in education. Prior to NCH she worked as Head of Student Services at Hult International Business School for over 5 years and in language schools before that.
She is passionate about creating a great student experience and enjoys building relationships with individuals from all backgrounds and cultures.
Valentina is from Rome, Italy and also lived in Brazil and the USA before moving to London in 2008. She is fluent in Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish and holds a BS degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
Business Development Manager (Apprenticeships & Workforce Development)
Emma is responsible for the promotion of workforce planning, lifelong learning and higher and degree apprenticeships to employers across all sectors, championing, inspiring and communicating opportunities for business collaboration.
Emma has years of extensive experience of working with apprenticeships across many sectors. With a passion for both vocational and academic learning, Emma has supported an abundance of employers with the introduction, facilitation and recruitment of apprentices. She brings to NCH, a solid understanding and knowledge of apprenticeships including; funding rules, knowledge of multiple frameworks and standards, and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.
Emma is an ardent supporter of the UK’s long term plan for improved workforce development and believes apprenticeships have the potential to make a greater impact for the future.
Consultant (Apprenticeships & Workforce Development)
Sarah is responsible for providing consulting services to support curriculum development for the Apprentice Degree Programme; focused around employer requirements, on boarding, on-the-job curricula and behavioural elements. Sarah has been involved in building induction material and will be delivering technical courses during the degree programme.
Sarah has over 30 years experience helping clients achieve successful IT deliveries through the full project life cycle as a business analyst, consultant and project manager. She has specialised in CRM (Salesforce) and IT Service Management (ServiceNow) cloud technologies for the last 15 years; working with clients including Centrica, Scottish Water, Barclays Wealth, RBS and Euromoney. Whilst working at Fujitsu, Sarah initiated and project managed the delivery of a pro bono Salesforce CRM solution for non-profit, Peace One Day for which Fujitsu received Salesforce FY2010 Partnership Award – Foundation Winner.
Prior to her work with CRM and Service Management, Sarah spent 12 years as a consultant in the Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing space. Recently Sarah has been working with Methods helping develop their ServiceNow practice, assisting Methods in promotion to Premier partner status and raising Methods’ profile in the ServiceNow ecosystem.