Meet the team

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Sharon Jones

Apprenticeships Manager

Sharon is the Apprenticeships Manager at New College Swindon, having worked in the Apprenticeships field for over 25 years. She is passionate about ensuring that our Apprenticeships delivery meets the needs of employers in a variety of industries. Sharon will work with you to enhance and upskill your workforce through quality Apprenticeships.

She has extensive experience in advising and working with young people, to ensure Apprenticeships are the right route to their career path and is never too busy to spend time to help them secure the right job and training opportunity.


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Erica Hulbert

Employee Engagement Officer

Erica is the Employer Engagement Officer for the Apprenticeships Team within Fast Forward. She can help employers decide whether recruiting an Apprentice is for them and their business and is on hand to help with the recruitment process. Erica is also involved with School Liaison events for the College and promotes our Apprenticeships at events in Swindon and beyond.

Coming from an education background, Erica worked for the NHS as a manager for 14 years and has worked with Fast Forward for seven years.


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Caroline Maycock

Business Development Consultant - Apprenticeships

As a Business Development Consultant for Apprenticeships, Caroline is responsible for promoting the benefits of an Apprenticeship to both employers and learners.

Caroline has gained over 30 years combined private and public sector work experience and has a strong commercial background. She would be pleased to meet at your convenience and discuss your requirements to offer you a business solution.


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Kirsty Bain

Recruitment Co-ordinator - Apprenticeships

Kirsty is a highly experienced recruitment specialist for New College Swindon Apprenticeships. Kirsty deals with the whole process from advertising, sourcing, screening, client liaison, interview preparation and placement.

If you or your children are leaving school or college and thinking about what to do next then an apprenticeship may be the next right step! There is no upper age limit for an apprenticeship and for most opportunities you only need your Maths and English GCSE. To find out more about the process and the opportunities we have please contact Kirsty.


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Jennifer Jeffries

Senior Administrator

Jenny provides a wide range of administrative services within the Apprenticeship team. She takes care of the back-office processes from the enrolment through to the completion of each apprenticeship.


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Allison Dudley

Training Co-ordinator

Over the last 20 years I have gained a wealth of skills and knowledge whilst working within the public sector. I began working in adult social care to support people to live independently. I then moved in to areas where I managed projects, designed and delivered training & development events, supported inspections and audits as well as implementing new case management systems to support teams working within adults and children’s social care.

My role within the Apprenticeship Team has helped shape and deliver additional support services to our Apprentices and their employers, who require that extra support with various personal or professional needs, ensuring a successful completion to their apprenticeship for all stakeholders.


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Sarah Brazier

Internal Quality Assurance Co-ordinator

Sarah is the Internal Quality Assurance Coordinator for Fast Forward, overseeing the delivery of both work-based qualifications and Apprenticeships across a wide range of sectors and liaising with Awarding Bodies to ensure a high standard of provision.

Sarah has a background in teaching, assessing and quality assurance working within an educational environment since 2001.


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Margaret Nicholson

Assessor and IQA, Adult Education Department

Margaret has over 25 years' experience in management and HR with a specialism in Learning and Development. Margaret has worked with several National Charities as well as large Social Care and Clinical organisations. Margaret has supported organisations that undertake large-scale cultural change programmes and ensures regulatory compliance.

Margaret tutors and assesses learners on our Team Leader Apprenticeship programmes, Level 3 and Level 5 CIPD Apprenticeships and is an Internal Quality Assurer for our Business Administration Apprenticeships.


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Sarah Loughman

Assessor and IQA

Sarah is a qualified Early Years Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer who also has a BA in Early Years. Sarah has worked as an assessor at New College for five years, working as an assessor and hands-on within the Early Years field for over 15 years prior to this.


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Charlie Keene

Assessor and IQA

Charlie is an experienced Assessor and Qualified IQA, with several years’ experience in education and training, who also has previous retail management. Charlie prides himself on building strong working relationships with colleagues, employers and apprentices.


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Debbie Kershaw

Assessor and IQA

Debbie is the Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer for Supporting Teaching and Learning, Customer Service and Business Admin Apprenticeships, having worked for the last 18 years across the school and customer service sectors. Debbie has been involved for many years working with Apprentices in delivery and quality assurance.

She has worked at New College for 18 months and is a committed professional, passionate about learners succeeding. She provides quality delivery and is always available to Apprentices so they are fully supported and can achieve in a timely fashion.

Debbie will always make time to discuss the qualifications that she delivers. Contact her in the Fast Forward office.


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Victoria Castle

Assessor and IQA

Victoria is a qualified Early Years Assessor and is currently undertaking the Internal Quality Assurer qualification. Victoria has 18 years of experience both teaching and/or managing in Nurseries, Schools and Colleges and has a BA in Early Years. Victoria has also had experience of assessing and training and has created and delivered both accredited and bespoke courses.

Victoria has also completed CMI accredited Leadership and Management units through the University of Bath. Victoria tutors and assesses learners on our Early Years Programme and is looking to develop, tutor and assess the management programmes.