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#TakeFiveWith Stephen Hinde

Take Five With Stephen Hinde - pictured is a closeup of Steve smiling into the camera

Take Five With Stephen Hinde - pictured is a closeup of Steve smiling into the camera

 Could you tell us about yourself and your job role? And one hobby/fun fact?

I'm the Community Manager for Ufi Charitable Trust - which is a combination of social media, website content, news, blogging, and events.

My favourite part of the job role is meeting the people who are impacted, or making the impact, that result in people having better skills which lead to better job prospects.

In my early career I was a holiday park entertainer and you'll still occasionally find me juggling knives, spinning fire, or misdirecting you with a card trick or two.


What is a typical day like for you?

Ufi are a dispersed workforce so we try and communicate via video as much as possible otherwise it can become a little bit lonely. Even though I work from home it still makes every day different.

Aside from the occasional travel to visit a project, or attend an event, a typical day will involve learning about our projects in order to tell their story. A lot of what we do is celebrate and champion the amazing work our projects are doing so my time is often spent reading their articles and looking at their online presence to identify stories that will continue to show Ufi Charitable Trust as thought leaders in the vocational education space.


Could you tell us how you got into your role?

I was working for a large leisure site company as an entertainment & events manager, which included looking after their one local Facebook page. When the national support office were looking to expand their team they looked at their best performing sites on social media and identified that the work I was doing would have a wider benefit to the whole business. I then became Social Media Executive in the marketing team which involved supporting over 50 local Facebook pages with best practise and content.

Moving to Ufi was a welcomed opportunity to continue using my skills whilst developing further experience in web content and blogging but in a sector that was new to me.


What motivates you to do a good job?

Knowing that the content I look after is playing a part in showcasing the benefits of technology in the workplace.

If the work Ufi are doing can inspire more people to adopt new ways of learning more of the time through the stories I tell, then I'm motivated to continue.


How do you learn at work?

When people apply to us for funding we ask them to identify the problem which means that we don't always know there is a problem in a certain area that could be solved by technology. Sometimes the innovative uses of digital tech we are presented with are so different that I will have to do a bit of research in to that area. Typically I will discover and learn about the latest technologies through YouTube, Podcasts, and online tech magazines.


What are your aims for the next year? For example, if you work in accessibility do you have any plans to help make workplaces more inclusive? If you work in Learning and Development how are you going to promote workplace learning?

My aim for the next year is to develop an online community of advocates who all champion using technology in vocational environments so that we can encourage and enable more people to welcome change.


Ufi Charitable Trust website:

Ufi Charitable Trust Twitter Account: @UfiTrust


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