Breda has specialised in work based learning and skills development for over 15 years. She has particular expertise in developing qualifications and designing packages of learning which meet employers skills requirements.
Breda is a specialist in the design and delivery of apprenticeships, and in supporting employer engagement in learning. Having supported the development of Higher Apprenticeships in 2012/13 she has been working with the Apprenticeship reform programme in England since 2013, supporting Trailblazer employers and learning providers. She is a Senior Associate with the Strategic Development Network, a partner in the Future Apprenticeships Programme.
Breda has many years experience working with senior managers and leaders within the public and private sector, defining staff development and career pathway. As a specialist associate to the College of Policing (Formerly National Policing Improvement Agency) since 2004 she facilitated the Police preparation for the Olympic Games in 2012. She is currently engaged as an External Validator for the Direct Entry programmes, having created the work-based assessment strategy and units for both the Superintendents and Inspectors programmes.
As an Associate to KPMG, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and latterly the Association of Colleges Eastern Region (ACER) Breda has spent many years promoting a business and employer focussed approach to the delivery of work-based learning. She has delivered coaching, management support, and staff development workshops, using a variety of management development tools. The objective has been to enable learning providers (both colleges and independent learning providers) improve their employer engagement, utilise labour market information to develop strategy and to use process mapping to increase efficiencies and responsiveness.
Breda has written occupational standards and qualifications for both employer bodies and awarding organisations, both in the UK and overseas. She has contributed to policy and strategy for a range of sector bodies, including Skills for Health, and devised the Sector Qualification Strategy for People 1st the sector skills council for Hospitality, Leisure Travel and Tourism Health and Social Care.
Breda has experience in working with small business development can facilitate needs analysis, business strategy development, improving sales and marketing and designing solutions for skills and learning needs.
Breda is Prince2 trained and has worked on several different assignments as Project Manager, including within the wine industry in South Africa. She has experience in project planning and tendering within the UK and Europe.
|Stephan is an experienced senior manager in the education and learning development field with extensive strategic and project management experience and proven leadership of commercial training and education development.
Employer engagement has been a feature of his work over the last 20 years.
Stephan is a qualified trainer specialising in advising and supporting small, medium and large businesses in their efforts to qualify staff at all levels.
Stephan is a specialist in sustainability and low carbon management skills, and in supporting enterprise and employability.
He has considerable expertise in the development and quality assurance of qualifications.
Andre has over his career been engaged in teaching and developing courses across most business and commercial subjects for different audiences from enterprise resources for primary, secondary schools, further education colleges and Higher Education. He has taught economics and accounting for HE access, undergraduate and MBA programmes (University of Cape Town, London School of Economics and University of Wales) In recent years he has specialised in enterprise education and entrepreneurship (University of East London (UEL) Royal Docks Business School and Hertfordshire University). In this role he has developed enterprise education structures and programmes and supported student enterprises. In 2013 Andre received an award for ‘Best Undergraduate Teacher’ at the Royal Docks Business School graduation.
Through Cogito Development Projects Andre has developed qualifications and learning resources, including a Post-graduate Diploma suite in Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise and a set of qualifications in International Financial Services Management and Islamic Finance and Banking. More recently Andre has developed the Social Technology (STEM) Award, promoting young people’s access to STEM careers.
Andre has expertise in virtual learning and Andre was a recipient of a HEFCE/UnLtd social enterprise award for his vision to mobilise virtual worlds for low risk enterprise and employability training and development. Andre is research active and projects include Language in the Workplace, Cultauriture, Machine Consciousness, technological determinism, enterprise 360, etc.
Andre has written successful grants for many local, national and international agencies. One of his EU projects was the TradeIT Summer Entrepreneurship Academy helping SMEs in the food production and Hospitality sectors develop their international supply chains. He is engaged in EU wide development project bids working with a network of EU organisations and institutions and a wide cross section of partners across the EU (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden). Andre runs workshops on funding submissions and has delivered a serious of lectures at the Warsaw University of the Life Sciences (WULS), on financial management for enterprise and Globalisation.
Andre an Ofqual Expert in Economics, Entrepreneurship, Islamic Banking and Finance and Financial Management (Level 3, 4, 5. 6 and 7). He has published in the field of entrepreneurship education, human language technology and African oral literature. He has led and supported international research projects in these areas.