SameenaVocational Skills, Digital Skills & Employability

Sameena Asmat, Head of Faculty

I joined BAES as an IT Teacher because I believe teaching is more than just imparting knowledge; it’s also about instilling values and inspiring enthusiasm for learning. I am devoted / committed / dedicated to the idea that all students should have access to good quality or high standard of education, and I am determined to help them reach their full potential. 

I am proud to be Head of Faculty at a time when Digital Skills are in demand everywhere and are required in at least 82% of online advertised openings across the UK! Teaching the skills of ICT will prepare them to succeed as citizens in a global society in which information is growing at an incredible rate. 

Tell us about your day - hours you work, who are your direct reports

I work full-time and manage four exciting teams: Vocational Skills team, Digital Skills team, Employability team and the Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Together with my supportive team, we have the opportunity to be innovative to design and deliver exciting provision which in return improves the everyday lives and work skills of Birmingham residents.

How has BAES supported your career development?

BAES has taken a personal interest in my career goals and encouraged me to take on several roles throughout my time at BAES. I was encouraged to take on the following roles:

  • Teaching & Learning Manager 
  • Project Manager to address IT Training needs of Birmingham City Council staff across the city. 
  • Curriculum Leader 

I have learnt different skills at each stage which has prepared me for my current role.

BAES has supported me in providing coaching to improve performance and focus on the 'here and now' and the Leadership and Management training has equipped me with the tools and techniques I need to reflect on and develop my own management style.

What values in the workplace are important to you?

The most important values in the workplace for me is having a strong work ethic which means understanding what's expected of me and staying motivated to achieve my goals.

What's the best thing about working at BAES in Birmingham City Council?

I think whoever you are and whatever your background, working in local government gives you the opportunity not only to develop your career, but also to make a difference in people's lives.

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