"Having left school at 16 I worked for a small electrical company on a range of commercial projects while I was completing my apprenticeship, learning on the job and trying to push myself to understand more about the trade. I went on to work on a lot of new-builds before setting up on my own as an independent contractor with NICEIC accreditation.
I’d always really respected my teachers from College but felt that I could offer more, so, when the construction industry took a bit of a downturn I moved into teaching. I wanted my students to understand ‘the why’ and to prepare them for an industry that was fast moving in terms of technological developments, new construction methods and changing regulations."
“I had never considered teaching when I started out as an apprentice electrician, but as soon as I took on the challenge, I knew it was the career for me. My years in industry meant that my teaching was relevant to students, which they really valued. Teaching is not easy – it’s incredibly challenging, but incredibly rewarding. The opportunity to see the progression of students from their first day in the classroom to seeing them working on site for major employers, or even running their own company, is something to cherish. You get an enormous sense of pride and real job satisfaction knowing that you have made a real difference to that person's life."
“I’ve been in and around carpentry all my working life, starting as an apprentice at 16 with Andrew Moriarty and studying my Level 3 site carpentry in the evenings. I then became self-employed and partnered up with my best friend. We worked together on various projects around the county for eight years before I made the move into the education sector. I have worked at a number of colleges, working as a technician, instructor and lecturer and am currently curriculum manager for construction at Northampton College. Being able to teach in our new state-of-the-art ACE Centre is fantastic and it gives our students the best possible start to their careers.”
“I originally trained and completed my degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and then went on to work in industry as an Electronic Engineer within the field of military electronics and semiconductors working for companies such as BAE Systems, GEC and RS Components.
“I was looking for a change of career into teaching and fell into maths purely by accident, eventually spending five years as Curriculum Manager for Maths. I led an underperforming department to become one of the leading Maths FE departments in the country which was incredibly rewarding. In 17 years of teaching I know I have made a difference to hundreds of lives – work doesn’t get much better than that.”