CWBL Welcomes a Fifth Partner

Forth Valley College have been appointed as the fifth and newest partner of CWBL.

Dr Ken Thomson OBE, Principal of Forth Valley College has been appointed as partner of Centre for Work-based Learning, representing Forth Valley College. 

Ken Thomson at FVC Campus

Dr Ken Thomson joined Falkirk College of Further and Higher Education in 1994 following eight years in environmental education. He became Principal and Chief Executive of Forth Valley College in 2013 having previously held posts of Depute Principal, Director of Learning and prior to that, Head of Science

Ken graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology (1982) followed by a PhD at the University of Edinburgh (1986). Ken was an HMI Associate Assessor for Science from 1999 to 2006. He is a member of the SFC Skills Committee and the Finance and Funding Committee, a member of College’s Scotland Principals Group, the Scottish Government’s Curriculum and Assessment Board and a Stirling City Commissioner supporting the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Deal. He is a Board member of Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and a Board member and Trustee of Jisc. Ken is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

He has also been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019 for services to education, economic development and the communities of the Forth Valley area.

Away from work Ken was a keen cricketer, retiring in 2018 after 42 years at senior level, and is now trying his hand at fly fishing. He is married with three children, Gregor, Rory and Jenny.

Forth Valley College are set to open a new, state-of-the-art £78 million Falkirk HQ which will complete FVC’s ambitious Estates plan with the opening of the Alloa Campus in 2011 and the Stirling Campus in 2012. This will allow FVC to further enhance opportunities for young people in the coming years as it will focus heavily on training facilities designed for science and technology, engineering, oil and gas industry, sport and healthcare, and will have state-of-the-art provision and capabilities to accommodate a wide range of FVC’s courses.

Forth Valley College is made up of over 14,500 students and 600 staff and offers more than 750 courses at its campuses in Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling. Approximately 94% of students successfully progress on to employment or University upon completion of their course at Forth Valley College.

This year, Forth Valley College will also be one of the largest Foundation Apprenticeship practitioners in Scotland, with 420 school pupils being offered a place on one of the 10 FAs currently on offer at the college.

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