Miriam Venner

Assistant Principal Apprenticeships and Skills

Miriam joined City of Bristol College in November 2018 and became Assistant Principal for Apprenticeships and Skills in January 2019. Miriam leads the Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning provision for the College and oversees employer engagement and partnership development. She is also responsible for the wider skills provision for adults and young people in Transition / Foundation learning, English and Maths and ESOL learning.

Miriam grew up in Bristol and went to Hotwells primary and St Katherine’s secondary schools before taking A levels at Filton Tech. She then studied politics at Plymouth University where she also undertook her teacher training. She went on to complete a Master of Arts with the Open University whilst lecturing in journalism and politics at Cornwall College. From 1994 she worked her way up within Cornwall College; from a lecturer to a course leader, curriculum manager to ultimately Head of College and Director of Curriculum. This dual role entailed leading curriculum within the creative, performing and digital arts, hospitality, catering and travel and tourism across 10 campuses alongside being head of the largest campus in the Cornwall College Group.

Miriam went on to become the Director of Development for the private specialist music and music technology provider dBs Music, between 2016-18, where she was responsible for the establishment of new provision and partnerships in both an FE and HE context. The move to dBs enabled Miriam to relocate back from Cornwall to her home town of Bristol where she is proud to be part of the leadership of the City’s largest college.