Hi richard! What can learners expect if they come to study in your department?
In the construction department we have a new bespoke building dedicated to construction courses, and also a workshop for a mixture of mainly electrical courses and some plumbing. In the automotive department, we have one of the best workshops in a college environment with up-to-date testing equipment. Students will learn the skills that will help them on their way to employment.
tell us a little bit about yourself...
I was born in Sutton Coldfield Good Hope Hospital and was two months premature and weighed 2lb so I’m blessed to be here. I grew up in Erdington and went to Perry Common Comprehensive school.
I went on a YTS (similar to today’s apprenticeship) back in the day, then joined a construction company and worked for them for 10 years. I then became self-employed and worked for Birmingham City Council.
Prior to working at Telford College I worked at another college in Birmingham, then worked in the prison authority after some time out. This was at Brinsford HMS Young Offenders. I was there for two years, this was quite a demanding role and I wanted to get back into main campus teaching again.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Seeing the students achieve and the team work/hard work within the areas from the staff.
How do you and your team get the best out of students?
Firstly, every student matters, all staff are committed to this goal and have a desire to help our students to achieve their goals and ambitions. We work closely with all students and support them in all aspects of their courses and development. Our aim is for students to be ready for employment after their time with us.
Tell us about specific parts of the courses which are particularly popular with current students, and why.
The construction courses are multi-skilled ones, so each student has different areas that they enjoy. Electrical has numerous elements to it and it’s a progression to students’ end assessment.
List a few of the main career progression opportunities.
As with most L3 courses that are available, progression into full employment, an apprenticeship or onto a HND Construction Management course are a few options.
what do you do in your spare time?
I regularly cycle with a club and by myself and have been doing martial arts for 20 years. Something interesting about me would be that I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro!
I’d still be working in the construction industry on the tools!
IF I WEREN’T A TUTOR…
TV with a satellite, phone, personal cleaning products!
THREE THINGS I’D BRING TO A DESERT ISLAND