My career started after some notable advice from my school’s careers teacher, who advised me to get a job in a factory or on a building site. I aimed higher and started my career in engineering as an apprentice at Chatham Dockyard in Kent, as I had no real direction or idea of what I wanted to do at the time, and this seemed like a good idea as my father was an engineer.
After a series of redundancies throughout the ’80s, I had a career change and attended the Kent Institute of Art and Design completing a 2-year full-time HND course in 3D design.
After completing this course I worked for ten years in the precious metal industry, it was during this time that I discovered teaching and started working part-time in adult education. Circumstances again led to a sideways step in my career, and I started full time teaching engineering apprentices in 2002 but also continued with my adult education teaching. Since then I haven’t looked back, working in various colleges and private training providers in the South East and South West of England.
I have also taught in a private school working with young people with Dyslexia teaching Engineering, DT and Product Design.