Bruce Halai-Carter is Co-Founder and Operations Director, YHC Holdings. He is currently operational director for YHC Holdings and Brand Manager for First Impressions Last Longer, an innovative and ecologically responsible supplier of computer and printer consumables. YHC Holdings is a social enterprise with close ties to community education and environmental action and is internationally recognised as the only Carbon neutral office supplier in the UK and the only print manufacturing company to be allowed membership into the 1% for the Planet global alliance on climate change. A key part of the business over many years has been the training and development of young unqualified workers mostly from ethnic minority backgrounds and encouraging them into further education and career development. During his time with First Impressions, Bruce’s work has been recognised through participation in HM Treasury’s Advancing Enterprise initiative from inception to the present day.
Running concurrently Bruce has maintained a strong relationship with the development of formal education systems. From March 2004 until recently Bruce was lead evaluator with the NLN Transformation projects, an FE based scheme for enhancing and embedding e-learning in the English post-16 college sector that included a set of benchmarks, in part based on the "transformation levels" component of MIT90s.
As a learning technologist and adviser Bruce has also worked with Kings College London, TALL (part of the University of Oxford), the University of Ulster, the University of Derby, the University of Nottingham and several other higher education institutions active in e-learning.
In an earlier academic career Bruce was Research Associate and then Research Project Manager at Sheffield Hallam University’s Telematics in Education Research Group - now part of the Centre for Research and Evaluation - where he worked with Professor Paul Bacsich on a wide variety of DfES, LSC and JISC funded research and development projects connected with e-learning, including evaluation, change management and policy studies for DfES regarding Adult and Community Learning and strategic approaches to massified e-learning.
During this period he worked on a Round Table project which used the methodology from the TLT Group. Interestingly another methodology from TLT Group was used by the University of Strathclyde to augment their benchmarking work and early work by Stephen Ehrmann the co-founder of the TLT Group on The Seven Principles of Good Practice (joint with Arthur Chickering) underpins a number of benchmarking methodologies.