Julie Hobbins

Julie Hobbins

Julie is Director of the Tertiary Colleges Group and works to raise the profile of the group and the tertiary college model, promote the tertiary colleges’ perspective in policy formulation and decisions.

Julie’s background is as a specialist funding expert in the education and skills sector working at local, regional and national level.  She has led complex multi-million pound employability and skills programmes, supporting disadvantaged learners, as well as small businesses and local economic growth.

She led on the European Social Fund for the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessors for many years, successfully implementing national Co-financing and developing the Opt-in model for Local Enterprise Partnerships to work with ESF in 2014-2020 programme.

She also works on other consultancy projects providing strategic and practical advice and recommendations to government departments, colleges and training providers, and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

The role of the tertiary college model post area reviews

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Tertiary colleges offer personalised academic and vocational further education and sixth form provision for young people, and adults, in a single local establishment. This model offers accessible pathways of progression from foundation to level 3 and beyond, across a range of subjects and skills sectors – a potential area review solution?