Social Media Marketing in FE – Bianca Walker, Richmond Upon Thames College

This episode of the Kloodle podcast is an interview with Bianca Walker, Digital Marketing Officer at Richmond Upon Thames College.

Bianca uses social media to encourage students to develop and share their opinions and celebrate their achievements, motivating them and others.

They debate topics such as disabilities, passion, interviewing styles and the importance of books and reading on Facebook through #RuTCDebates posts.

She has piloted ‘talk show’ on RuTC’s YouTube channel    and uses the RuTC Education Blog.

She helped set up the RuTC Tutors and Careers Facebook  group that allows tutors and the careers department to reach more students with updates and information, and […]

How an Apprentice Plumber Became a Millionaire – Interview With Charlie Mullins

In this episode of the Kloodle podcast, I interview Charlie Mullins, Founder and CEO of Pimlico Plumbers. Charlie started out life as an apprentice plumber, and subsequently built up his business, Pimlico Plumbers, to become a multi-millionaire.

Charlie’s life started out on a rough estate in London. He honed his business mentality here by providing services to residents and local shopkeepers, such as running errands and helping with ‘bag wash’. During this time, he honed an ability to find out exactly what people want, how to provide it for them and charging a fair price for his services.

Charlie subsequently went on […]

The Future of Further Education – Dr Lynne Sedgmore, Executive Director – 157 Group

The future of further education is either daunting or exciting, depending on your outlook. Dr Lynne Sedgmore, Executive Director of the 157 Group of colleges, is an eternal optimist. In an environment of funding cuts and increased autonomy, Dr Sedgmore is excited about the prospects for entrepreneurial and innovative FE colleges; well led institutions that are at the forefront of their local community’s skill requirements.

Of course, FE colleges have always been innovators. The requirement to provide first class education to their community is not a modern one: it has always been there. The method by which colleges achieve this changes, […]

Inspiring Women to Pursue STEM Subjects with Anne-Marie Imafidon

In this episode of the Kloodle podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing Stemettes founder Anne-Marie Imafidon. The sound you can hear in the background is people playing Table Tennis at Stemette’s headquarters. Yep, that’s what people who work in tech get to do on a daily basis.

Anne-Marie’s achievements have contributed to her family’s title of Britain’s Brainiest Family (along with her brother and sisters Christina, Samantha, Peter and Paula). She passed her maths and ICT GCSEs at age 10, and her maths A-Level at age 11.

At age 20, she became one of the youngest people to earn a masters […]