What brought you to LMC? I moved house to live in the Lakes and needed to find a job closer to home. LMC was less distance to travel than my previous job and I had heard from a colleague that it was a good place to work.
What did you do prior to working here? I was working at Myerscough College in Preston before LMC teaching animal studies. Before that I was a zoo keeper at Blackpool Zoo for 7 years looking after the monkeys and apes.
Favourite thing about your job? Since looking after the animals at the zoo for so long, it’s nice to still have contact with animals at work. Coming to work at LMC has also meant that I could finally get a dog after not having one for about 5 years. I enjoy being able to bring Ty to work with me and the students love him.
Best thing about the course(s) you teach? It’s good to be able to pass on my knowledge gained in the industry to the students. I think they also like to hear some of the stories from my zoo working days. I enjoy seeing the students gain their qualification at the end of the year. Finally it’s nice to be part of such a friendly, supportive team.
Courses taught: NCFE Level 2 Entry to Uniformed Services, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services, BTEC Level 4 HNC in Public Services and BTEC Level 5 HND in Public Services.
When did you start working at LMC? 1st August 2017
What brought you to LMC? An opportunity to teach over a variety of levels initially employed as part time Public Services lecturer and Work placement coordinator for Sports and Public Services.
What did you do prior to working here? Previously teaching over a cross level of Public services courses from level 1 – 3 at Runshaw college then Blackpool Sixth Form. Teacher training was undertaken at Brook House Sixth Form College in Hackney, London. Whilst working alongside the Metropolitan Police as a Youth Engagement Coordinator. I Worked on a pilot project ‘The Wilderness Activities Programme’ initiative with Harrow Volunteer Police Cadets, a partnership approach to supporting young people through the opportunity of learning new skills and spending time in the ‘Great Outdoors’. Alongside this role I supported the supervision of The Duke of Edinburgh Award. Previous volunteer roles include The Youth Offending Team and The Princes Trust, where I worked with vulnerable, at risk young people and vulnerable adults.
What is your favourite thing about your job? I enjoy the variety of teaching in Public Services, how current affairs affects daily teaching and how I get to support students development in becoming active citizens. Supporting every young person to thrive regardless of his or her background.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? Variety! Trips and visits, relevant and recent news impacts lessons daily. Current news leads topics and assignments.
What are the best bits about working at College? Great team, very supportive. Good relationships created with students.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? The Public services course ensures that students have access to opportunities they need to enter employment or further study. The course prepares students to be ready for their next steps in life and provides some valuable opportunities to engage with current affairs and volunteering experiences.
What brought you to LMC? Before coming to LMC I was a Science Teacher in a secondary school. I had always wanted to work with animals, as I’d grown up with a family pet shop business. I started in 2008 as the first animal studies technician and very quickly a position came available as an animal studies tutor which I applied for and was successful.
What is your favourite thing about the job? Working with a range of animals, especially exotic species and seeing our students become more confident with the animals over their time at LMC.
What is the best thing about the course you teach? I get to teach about a subject that I am passionate about and transfer my knowledge and skills to the students.
What are the best things about working at college? I work with an amazing team, plus every day is a different and unique challenge - the job is never boring!
When did you start working at LMC? I started work here in 2002.
What brought you to LMC? My son, John, attended a back to work programme at LMC as part of his rehabilitation following a serious road traffic accident. As I was supporting him and had gained an understanding of learning difficulties and disabilities his tutor suggested I apply to work in Learning Support, which I did. It was at this point I realised I wanted to teach Maths! From there I spent a number of years working my way up through the levels of the Learning Support department and into the Skills for Life team, studying to gain the qualifications I needed to become a maths specialist; Certificate in Education, Level 5 Numeracy Specialist and finally my Master’s Degree in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL.
What did you do prior to working here? I worked in a number of vocational roles before coming to LMC, including hospitality, dental assistant and agricultural, all of which gave me a good understanding of work environments.
What is your favourite thing about your job? Supporting students from different vocational areas and adult learners who access our part time courses to gain confidence and achieve qualifications in the subject is highly rewarding. I work in a very supportive team with colleagues who are constantly striving to find new and creative ways of delivering the elements of the courses.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? Maths is one of the transferable skills, it exists in all vocational areas, supports personal financial management e.g. budgeting, finding best buys, understanding loans and finance, and is great to have on your C.V. when looking for employment.
Maths is also a subject that many people find, or perceive to be challenging, and this is sometimes true. Many learners who access Maths courses at LMC begin with negative feelings towards the subject due to earlier experiences.
However, at LMC we carefully assess the starting point of each learner to ensure their studies begin at the appropriate level for them. Learners then receive the teaching, guidance and support required to achieve their qualification from fully qualified, dedicated teaching staff.
Courses taught: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services
Tell us about your yourself: I started work at LMC in 2007. However my career started in the Royal Air Force where I spent eight years based at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Kinloss. I worked as a Physical Training Instructor where I specialised in Adventure Training, which meant that when I left the Royal Air Force I was able to work as a selfemployed Mountaineering Instructor.
I then worked for the Fire and Rescue Service for six years as a Prince’s Trust Team Leader which gave me additional experience of working with young people and allowed me to complete my teacher training course.
I am an experienced mountaineer and have climbed extensively around the world for over thirty years. I was honoured to represent my country as a member of the GB Bouldering Team between 2002 and 2006, and later became the manager of the GB Bouldering Team from 2009 to 2012.
When I heard about the Public Service course at college I couldn’t believe how well it suited my skills, so when an opportunity arose I applied to come and teach here.
‘The Public Services courses at LMC are a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their academic and practical skills necessary for the Uniformed Services.
The facilities at college are fantastic and the close location to the Lake District and Trough of Bowland allows numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
The course has excellent links with the Public Services and by enrolling on one of the Public Service courses students have the opportunity to take part in activities including, a team building residential, work experience with a public service, adventure training and a number of trips abroad. I wish I’d had this opportunity when I was a student.’
What did you do prior to working here? I studied Level 3 Animal Care at Hopwood Hall College in Manchester then went on to complete a degree in Zoology with Marine Zoology at the University of Wales, Bangor. I then worked in the Kennel and Cattery industry for several years as a kennel maid and supervisor, before moving into teaching.
What brought you to LMC? I started here in 2010 and it was a great opportunity to be able to work with a small team of likeminded people and be part of an expanding department.
What is your favourite thing about the job? The supportive and friendly nature of the people that I work with day in day out.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? Seeing students succeed in the animal industry and getting to work with the large range of animals we have on site.
What are the best things about working at college? I meet a diverse range of people from different subject specialisms on a daily basis.
Courses taught: Level 2 Sports Coaching, Level 3 Sport, Level 3 Sport Science and the Football Academy.
When did you start working at LMC? I started in 2015.
What brought you to LMC? I was attracted by the location of College and the opportunity to work with the Football Academy and Morecambe Football Club.
What did you do prior to working here? I was a British Soldier working with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and also as a Physical Training Instructor.
What is your favourite thing about your job? Working in the football industry and seeing our students’ progress to professional football.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? I enjoy producing the practical training sessions for the Football Academy.
What are the best bits about working at College? Again the opportunity to work with Morecambe FC and helping the Football Academy students progress their individual careers.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? I would say that if you are a hard working student and aspiring football player with the ability, then this is the course for you.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I am also the lead Coach for Morecambe FC Academy under 10’s.
When did you start working at LMC? I started working at LMC in July 2006 as part of the CIS (College Information Services) Team. Since then, my career with LMC has seen me working as part of the faculty administration team before qualifying as a teacher in 2015. I am now a course tutor for the Business & Enterprise Level 3 program and have also just completed the first year as the work placement coordinator for business, travel & tourism, IT & hospitality & catering which has strengthened and extended my connections with the business world which I can pass back to the learners.
What did you do prior to working here? For as long as I can remember, when asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, my answer was the same, ‘I want to be a teacher’. It came as a bit of a shock to be told at high school that this may not be the best route for me and asked had I considered doing anything else!?! In short, I had not considered anything else but with university deadlines approaching I changed my whole career plan and applied to study Business & Information Technology at UCLan. Hindsight now confirms this was one of the best things I ever did. Following a 4 year uni course that enabled me to work for Lloyds TSB in London for a year as part of my placement, I graduated with a 1st class (Hons) Degree. The proudest moment of my life was collecting my degree, knowing that my hard work and dedication had paid off with the best result. Whilst working at LMC I have also combined my business knowledge with my baking obsession and opened my own business, Sarah’s Cakes & Bakes, where I can be found baking up a storm if I am not at college or marking work!
What brought you to LMC? I have a passion for education and a thirst for knowledge and working for an education provider meant that I was able to be a part of an organisation where learning and development form the core of the business even if I was not teaching.
What is your favourite thing about your job? Students!!! From seeing them grow in confidence and gain new skills, supporting them to achieve things they never dreamed they could or helping them to believe in themselves and their own abilities, it’s such a rewarding job. I thrive on the challenge of motivating or inspiring them through the variety of topics we cover and ensuring that their employability skills are constantly being improved and strengthened to prepare them for their future whether that is at university, in an apprenticeship or in a full time job.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? It’s 100% relevant to real life. Business is all around, whether you are a customer, or you work for someone or open your own company, you can utilise the topics we cover in class to improve your knowledge and awareness. The course not only teaches you various aspects of business, like marketing, management, communication, etc. but it also supports the development of key life/employability skills like team work, confidence, time management and prioritising your tasks and time. No matter where you see your future it is the perfect gateway to begin your journey into a world of business.
What are the best bits about working at College? The hard working, supportive staff. Everyone who works here, is here because they want to make a difference and enrich the lives of our learners so we all have the same goal and it’s the friends we have here at LMC that makes the job amazing. Whether you need help and advice, new creative lesson ideas or just a brew and a chat everyone is there for you and it makes the job that bit easier knowing your support network and friends understand and are there for you. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my LMC family.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? In the words of Eminem “If you have one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it, or let it slip?” Studying on the business course at LMC will open up numerous doors for your future, so if you can see business as a key part of your future and are prepared to seize every opportunity, our course could be the most amazing thing you ever sign up for.
Courses taught: Level 2 and 3 Travel and Tourism and Cabin Crew Academy
When did you start working at LMC? July 2002
What brought you to LMC? I initially came to manage the College’s on-site travel agency called Unitravel.
What did you do prior to working here? I have had quite a few different jobs prior to working here but always in the tourism and hospitality industry.
My first full time employment was with Haven Holidays at Primrose Valley Holiday Park in Yorkshire where I completed a 2 week work placement as part of my travel and tourism college course, they were pleased with my work so offered me a job as a receptionist for the summer season.
It is common in this industry for jobs to be seasonal so I had to look for further employment when the season finished, during this time I took up bar work until I was able to get a job working as a travel consultant for Thomas Cook in Kendal.
Selling holidays gave me itchy feet and made me want to travel so I got a job as an Overseas Resort Representative for a company called Sunworld where I got the chance to work in these fabulous holiday resorts: Protaras in Cyprus, Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria, The Algarve in Portugal, Pas de la Casa in Andorra, Cala D’or and Puerto Cristo in Mallorca and Puerta Vallarta in Mexico.
During this time I was promoted to Resort Supervisor and Sunworld was bought by Thomas Cook. My employment continued with Thomas Cook as a Recruitment Officer and Trainer based in their London offices. I also did a stint in their customer relations department in Bradford before getting the role of Branch Manager for Co-op Travel in Salford, then onto the role of Travel Agency Manager for Unitravel at LMC. This role included assessing and teaching until the shop closed down in 2008. Since then I have been the course tutor for the level 2 and 3 travel and tourism groups as well as teaching on the cabin crew and business courses.
What is your favourite thing about your job? The best part of my job is the overwhelming feeling of proudness that I get when our students are successful at their interviews and get the job of their dreams.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? The best thing about our courses is that the teaching team have first-hand, relevant, industry experience with up-to-date contacts and materials. We are also very focused on our students achieving and being successful in their chosen careers.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? Tourism is an exciting and interesting industry to work in, with many job roles offering the opportunity to travel the world. Get ready for your career to take off on one of our travel and tourism courses!
What brought you to LMC? I knew that the Catering department was a Centre of Vocational Excellence and I wanted to be part of that, and I also wanted to better myself and career prospects.
What did you do prior to working here? I have had quite a few different jobs prior to working here but always in education and the Hospitality & Catering industry.
My first full time post was working at a local coaching inn near to where I lived, I worked there part time when I was studying at college, then moved onto a full time chef’s position. In all I worked there for 5 years, learning my trade in a busy kitchen.
I then moved to the Armadale Hotel at Arrad Foot where I took the position as head chef, I worked there for 7 years. I was in my early twenties at the time, but with support from the owner I felt that I was up to the job. We built the business from basically nothing to a really busy popular hotel and restaurant.
After 7 years I started to get itchy feet and wanting a new challenge, and learning a lot about running a busy kitchen, I wanted to go it alone and start my own business. So I took over the Catering Franchise at Ulverston Golf Club, catering for the members, golfing societies and private functions. Whilst I was there the business grew and I gained a good reputation.
I decided to move on and go back to work back up in the lakes, so I took a position as senior sous chef at the Beech Hill Hotel on the side of Lake Windermere. This really opened my eyes when it came to food, working at 2 AA rosettes was a massive step up from what I was used to, I absolutely loved it, new food, ideas and techniques. I eventually worked up to Head chef where I gained my own 2 AA rosettes.
After 4 years as Head Chef, I decided I wanted to move into education, I always had ambitions of this, so I took a job at Furness College as a work-based learning tutor. I worked there for 7 years teaching and assessing Hospitality & Catering Apprentices and gaining my teaching qualifications.
What is your favourite thing about your job? The best part of my job is taking a students with no knowledge of the industry to someone who can gain employment and be successful in their chosen field.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? The best thing about our courses is that the teaching team have excellent industry experience with up-to-date equipment and materials. We are also very focused on all of our students achieving and being successful in their chosen careers.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? I would say that Hospitality & Catering industry isn’t an easy option, but it can be really rewarding and enjoyable if you work hard at it. It also has excellent job prospects at the end of the course, as the majority of our completing students gain full time employment within high class establishments, like Lisa Goodwin-Allen, who is the executive head chef of the Michelin starred Northcote restaurant in Blackburn and George Norrie, the head waiter at L’Enclume, a two starred Michelin restaurant in Cartmel, Cumbria.
What brought you to LMC? I have always been interested in coaching football at college level and I was offered a part time job coaching Morecambe FC Academy at LMC, as well as some teaching hours each week.
What did you do prior to working here? I had previously played professional football on a full time basis for ten years.
What is your favourite thing about your job? I enjoy the coaching aspect of my job, being outdoors and keeping active on a daily basis.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? The course can all relate to football which is effectively my specialist subject due to my career in football.
What are the best bits about working at College? The success stories from the learners in my tutor group who achieve scholarships to America or Canada, higher education and professional football contracts.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? I take the Football Academy very seriously, as well as education. I have my own code of conduct which the students have to follow or else they do not play football, which is what they are here to do.
Anything else you would like to tell us? The Football Academy has been very successful in terms of recruiting a variety of different players with different backgrounds from all over the country, even the world. This has been a positive for the College and for coaching, as well as teaching a variety of sports units.
Courses taught: I am the Salon Manager whilst training to teach beauty therapy and currently delivering aspects of level 2 Beauty Therapy
When did you start working at LMC? I’ve been at LMC just over a year now, I started in April 2016.
What brought you to LMC? I was looking for a move into the education sector and found the perfect role as Salon Manager at LMC to get an insight into teaching in the FE sector.
What did you do prior to working here? I have been in the beauty industry for over 15 years during which time I have worked as a nail technician, beauty therapist, salon manager and trainer.
What is your favourite thing about your job? I enjoy dealing with clients and watching the relationships develop between students and clients as their courses progress. It has a huge effect on their confidence and it is really nice to see students evolve into professionals.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? I am really enjoying developing my skills, watching and gaining experience from other members of staff. I’ve love being able to help students develop their skills and supporting them through the course – particularly those who didn’t quite believe in their own ability, who now have the confidence to progress.
What are the best bits about working at College? For me it has been the support with my own progression. My Programme Area Manager has mentored me through the first year of my Cert. Ed course for which I am hugely grateful.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? Come to an Open Day or have a treatment, the facilities here are by far the best I have seen. I think our courses and open salons prepare students for a professional salon life.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I would also like to add that I couldn’t recommend the teacher training courses higher. As an experienced professional I have full confidence in my industry skills. The Cert. Ed. course has allowed me to use and develop those skills and transfer them into effective teaching methods and assist my delivery of them in a class room setting. It’s been hard going but a real pleasure.
Courses taught: All levels of hairdressing and specialist media make-up and hair
When did you start working at LMC? I started in 2003.
What brought you to LMC? I wanted to pass on my experience and knowledge of Hairdressing by teaching.
What did you do prior to working here? After 5 years in the hairdressing industry I chose to go travelling and worked in salons around the world including America, Australia and New Zealand. This gave me an insight into a variety of ways of working with different cultures’.
What is your favourite thing about your job? I enjoy seeing the students develop as people by progressing and achieving.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? New, interesting and creative techniques which keep us active throughout the training.
What are the best bits about working at College? Students who love to be here and enjoy learning.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining the course? Definitely try it.
When did you start working at LMC? 20 years ago, back in 1997!
What brought you to LMC? The opportunity to teach hairdressing
What did you do prior to working here? I worked full time within hairdressing industry in a high class salon: Byrons Salon in Lancaster.
What is your favourite thing about your job? My favourite thing is watching the students gain the skills to become qualified stylists, it’s so rewarding.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? To be able to work within a real working salon environment with the students and real clients.
What are the best bits about working at College? Working alongside my colleagues and seeing students gain experience in dealing with clients, learning new skills, and developing their confidence and wellbeing.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? You must be prepared to learn new skills, to develop yourself to an excellent standard for industry and to work hard to achieve their goals.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I encourage my students to believe in themselves as the skills they learn will stay with them for life, and also to enjoy every minute of this time.
When did you start working at LMC? I started working for LMC in May 2008
What brought you to LMC? There was a vacancy for a casual plumbing technician to help the full time technician.
What did you do prior to working here? I worked for an American company despatching replacement parts to service engineers, before being promoted to retro fitting upgrades to industrial floor cleaning machines and finally demonstrating the equipment to the service industry which included distribution warehouses, airports, shopping arcades and premier league football stadia.
What is your favourite thing about your job? My favourite is seeing how the apprentices have developed their individual career paths. When I first joined LMC the apprentices then, have now qualified and set up their own business and are now employing and training the next generation of school leavers and adults.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? Before taking up this position I taught groups from local schools and Aspire learners. This gave the learners and occasionally their school teachers an opportunity to develop their plumbing skills. These skills included; • H & S- importance of staying safe and wearing the appropriate safety clothing • Math- how to measure, convert cm to mm, imperial to metric and cost tools etc • English- use plumbing terminology to name, spell and describe tools and materials • Science- how things work i.e., heating process and expansion rates of materials.
What are the best bits about working at College? This college is a great place to work, colleagues are friendly and always on hand to offer help.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? If you do not have an apprenticeship, apply for full time level 1, as this will give you plenty of time to develop your understanding of plumbing theory and practical syllabus. Time is valuable, so it is important that you attend all classes on time and be ready to learn. Whilst in college you are building your own individual CV ready to show potential employers that you are work ready and employable. Finally, stay focused and go that extra mile to achieve your goal.
Job role: Training Co-ordinator for Residential Child Care
Course taught at college: Level 3 Health and Social Care Tutor
What brought you to LMC? I started working at LMC in June 2016. I chose to work at the college as I wanted to be part of a successful team that is involved in raising standards in social care. Also, for many years I have been involved in the training and development of staff and wanted to focus on this area more, helping talented learners access the social care sector.
What did you do prior to working at LMC? Prior to working at LMC, I began my career working as a care worker at a residential school for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. I chose to do my learning in the workplace, and quickly gained my Level 3 NVQ in Care before moving on to a HNC in Social Care and completed the Assessor qualification. During this time I progressed through roles of Senior Care Worker to Deputy Head of Care. At this stage I undertook my Social Work training with the Open University. Working full-time, bringing up a young family and undertaking a Diploma in Social Work was quite challenging, I perfected the art of assignment writing between the hours of 10pm and 2am. Shortly after qualifying as a Social Worker, I became a Registered Manager at another Residential School/ Children’s Home for Children with Social, Mental and Emotional Health Difficulties. This required me to be registered with Ofsted as a responsible individual for the home, with the work requiring me to manage a service providing care for over fifty children and young people, working with local authorities and other statutory agencies. Following this I became the companies Operational Manager, supervising and supporting the Registered Managers/Heads of Care of a number of homes across the country and working with local safeguarding children boards and Ofsted.
What are the best bits about working at College? My favourite part of the job is the opportunity it gives me to feed the flame of interest the learners have in the subject and be a part of their learning journey. It is also to be part of a team of staff who are dedicated in delivering the best possible outcomes and learning experience for all the students.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? If you were thinking about enrolling on a social care apprenticeship or diploma with LMC, I would whole heartily recommend it. I genuinely do not believe there is a more rewarding occupation out there than the social care pathway, and the courses available at LMC will help you build firm foundations from which you can develop a successful career.
Why did you come to work at LMC? To work for the college has always been my career goal since I began my career in education. If you think of it like football, working for the college was my premier league of education in the area. I am proud to be able to say that I work for Lancaster & Morecambe College.
What is the best thing about the courses you teach at LMC? Business is so exciting because it is constantly changing and evolving. Business does not only teach students about how the business environment operates but it prepares them for work and adult life. Classes range from looking at working practices to debating ethical topics. Business is best learnt through experience and the course enables the students to participate in arrange of activities, projects and events. There is never a dull moment on our course!
What is the best thing about your job? Being able to share my knowledge and teach students about something that I am so passionate about. Preparing students for work and seeing them develop into well-rounded, ambitious young adults is also incredibly satisfying.
What would you say to anyone thinking of joining the course? Do it, no hesitation! Business studies prepares you for university, successful careers or entrepreneurship. It opens up so many opportunities to you.
When did you start working at LMC? I started work here in 2013
What brought you to LMC? My wife used to work here, she thought the place was fabulous, particularly the way the staff cared about the students. When a vacancy came up in the Engineering department I was excited at the prospect of working here and expected it to be a challenge - which I enjoy.
What did you do prior to working here? I was the Managing Director of Morgan Consultancy and training Ltd. I provided management courses, workforce remodelling and workforce redevelopment within Health Education and Social Care. I was also a STEM coordinator for Wyre/Fylde/Blackpool area, ran Wilderness medicine and HSE first aid courses.
What is your favourite thing about your job? I like to think that I’m making a difference to students’ lives and careers.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? Student motivation to learn is definitely the best thing about teaching Engineering here at LMC. Also the pastoral work here is second to none.
What are the best bits about working at College? Camaraderie amongst all the staff is without doubt one of the best things about working at the College. What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? You will love it! My philosophy is simple; I believe that there is a little bit of stardust in every student, our job is to make them shine.
Course(s) taught at college: Level 1 Course Manager: Certificate in Children, Young People, Health and Care Level 1&2 Course Manager: Family Care Skills
What brought you to LMC: I started working at LMC in September 2012. I studied as a student at LMC and was offered some part time teaching hours after achieving my Foundation Degree. Alongside my teaching hours I completed my PGCE and developed myself in other areas such as Child Nutrition and Sports Coaching with children. I then gained my Level 1 Course Management Childcare position in 2015 and added to it further in 2016 when I became the Family Care Skills Course Manger also. Alongside working at LMC I have taught women’s and girls’ Netball and still continue to play myself.
What are the best bits about working at College? I have always wanted to teach it has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I enjoy working with my groups as it is challenging but also extremely rewarding as I am able to watch them over either, one or two years become individuals who are more employable and independent. One of the best bits about being employed at LMC is working alongside my team, who are all hard working and supportive. We work together to provide students with innovative, challenging and stretching lessons that will benefit them in their future careers.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? I would encourage any student to attend my courses if they are looking at a career in Childcare or Health or maybe just want to learn what opportunities are available in these industries. We all start somewhere and Level 1 and 1&2 could be where you take the first steps into your career.
When did you start working at LMC? 23rd September 2014
What brought you to LMC? I had worked part time as a trainer and was interested in finding a full time position when the role came up I applied.
What did you do prior to working here? I was a self-employed Electrician for 10 years working on mainly domestic jobs, and also part time training associate at Premier Training in Oldham.
What is your favourite thing about your job? The thank you that you get at the end of the course, even if it’s only an odd one or two students, it makes my job worthwhile.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? I am helping to train the next generation of Electricians, which is a job held with high esteem within the construction industry.
What are the best bits about working at College? I enjoy the camaraderie in the staffroom.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? Training to become an Electrician will give you a great set of skills and knowledge, which may lead to a job earning a very decent wage.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I am also a keen photographer and last year entered a local photography competition in Lancashire & North West Magazine and won. I was awarded Photographer of the Year award and received a prize of £100. There was also a double page spread about my photo and it was featured in their 2015 calendar.
When did you start working at LMC? Wednesday 5th February 2014.
What brought you to LMC? I enjoyed my learning experience as a student, and I wanted to establish myself within further education to be able to encourage other females into the plumbing industry.
What did you do prior to working here? I worked within the retail sector as a manager for over 8 years and changed my career path into the construction industry in 2003. I worked as a labourer for a plumbing company in Blackpool, where I got an apprenticeship at Blackpool and Fylde College. Due to circumstances I was unable to finish my apprenticeship in Blackpool. I continued to work with the same company and in 2008 the opportunity arose to finish my apprenticeship with LMC.
What is your favorite thing about your job? Being able to teach the trade and show the skills, I feel passionate about.
What is the best thing about the course you teach? Inspiring the full time learners into applying for apprenticeship programs.
What are the best bits about working at College? Working within a friendly and supportive team environment.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? Follow your dreams if you feel passionate enough about your career path. Apply now, you will not find a better team of subject specialists, we all live and breathe the plumbing and gas industry.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I was heavily involved with the Gas Safety Week 2014. I entered a competition within Gas Engineer, to explain why I thought being a gas safe registered engineer made me an everyday hero. I told the story about an old lady who rang in the middle of the night about her backroom fire not working correctly, after further investigation the fire was classified as immediately dangerous and taken out of service that night leaving Mrs. England with no heating or hot water. As you can appreciate the lady was distressed, so the next day as a team we went and decommissioned the old boiler system and installed a new combination boiler and gas main. Mrs. England was over the moon, the smile you can bring to somebody’s face is what makes being an engineer worthwhile!
I became the front cover image of Issue 69 (profile picture), Gas Installer magazine due to this story and won the competition with four other engineers from around the UK. Each of our stories were made into a short film and appeared as a television advert which is still available to view on You Tube:
Course taken at college: Level 1-3 Carpentry & Joinery
High School: Central Lancaster High School
Current Occupation: Carpentry & Joinery Technician
What did you do after College? I started working at B&Q Lancaster as a Showroom Customer Adviser for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, here part of my job was designing these room and drawing the plans.
How did you get into your career? As I had completed my Level 3 Carpentry & Joinery I had some experience of working with kitchen units and how to fit them. This skill helped me greatly in advising and helping customers to design their own spaces within their homes.
What were the best bits about your course? I appreciated being given a high level of respect, trust and responsibility by the tutors, which helped me develop into a more responsible person.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I chose LMC because it was the best college in the area for the course I wanted to do.
How did LMC help you get where you are today? The tutors saw that I was interested in learning and developing my skills and helped to steer me in the right direction for the career that I wanted.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? Do it. It’s a great trade to have and the skills will always be with you.
Courses taught: Course tutor for Apprenticeship Level 2/3
When did you start working at LMC? I started in 2006, so ten years now.
What brought you to LMC? Up until around 2004 I worked in the industry as a Joiner and worked all over the world. When I returned to the UK I decided to take up teaching, having worked with and trained over 20 Apprentices during my time in the industry, so I applied for a job at Kendal College. Whilst at Kendal I passed all my teaching qualifications and having heard about the good reputation of LMC, when a vacancy came up for a full time lecturer, I applied straight away.
What did you do prior to working here? My career as a Joiner first began in the North East, and eventually took me south to London where I started shop fitting. I decided to look further afield and emigrated to New Zealand where I worked as a boat builder. From here I moved around the area including Australia and Hong Kong working for a company who fitted out all the Louis Vuitton shops in the southern hemisphere. Louis Vuitton are still today proud sponsors of the America’s Cup Challenger Series, and the most luxurious shop I fitted for them was a £6 million shop in Auckland, Australia on the harbour side where we had an amazing views of all the yachts taking part in the race.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? I really enjoy passing on my joinery experiences and skills to the students, as well watching them develop into good citizens.
What are the best bits about working at College? Working with the professional staff at here at LMC and watching students achieve and develop.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? Try and achieve the best grades you can, as a qualified Carpenter or Joiner you will have the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.
Courses taught: RSL Music Practitioners Levels 1, 2 & 3 HNC Level 4 Music, HND Level 5 Music
When did you start working at LMC? December 2009
What brought you to LMC? The opportunity to join the LMC Music team and to have a chance to aid in the evolution of the courses was too good an opportunity to miss.
What did you do prior to working here? Having completed a degree in Popular World Musics at Leeds University I moved back to the area and completed my teaching qualification. As with many musicians I had a portfolio career, working in various bands, teaching at Kendal, writing music for a few short films, recording before the opportunity to work at LMC came up.
What is your favourite thing about your job? Working with people who share a passion for music and being present at that magical moment of musical inception, where the nucleus of an idea begins to take shape, to be able to assist in that developmental process and help to see it through to release is a great part of the job.
What is the best thing about the course you teach? The supportive and creative environment. As a team we try really hard to facilitate a community ethos within our music groups where people aren’t afraid to try out new musical ideas, to ask each other for help and support and to encourage each other to push as hard as they can in every aspect of the courses.
What are the best things about working at College? The supportive staffroom and the friends that I have made while being here, including former students who are making careers for themselves now in the music industry who chose to stay in touch and offer opportunities, support and advice for our current students.
Courses taught: UAL Creative Digital Media Level 3 BTEC HNC Level 4 Creative Media Production BTEC HND Level 5 Creative Media Production
When did you start working at LMC? I started in September 2008
What brought you to LMC? There was an opportunity to teach media production and computer games development, two things which interest me on a personal level so it was a perfect opportunity for me
What did you do prior to working here? After graduating, my previous jobs were all management related. The most recent where I was working in a £2m a year business
What is your favourite thing about your job? The favourite thing about my job is that I take pleasure in delivering ever changing and evolving media content to students who have an interest and desire to join the creative media industry, who someday may be making something that others can enjoy
What is the best thing about the course you teach? The best thing about all the course I teach is when the time is right, giving the students the freedom and confidence to create truly unique projects of their own creation. The limit is only their imagination!
What are the best things about working at college? The best thing about working at college is the opportunity to work with like-minded professionals in an inspiring well equipped workspace where each day is truly different
When did you start working at LMC? I starting working at Lancaster and Morecambe College in August 2007. In 2012 I left for a year to work in a Pupil Referral Centre. I came back to college because I missed it so much.
What brought you to LMC? I had just returned from living in Australia and saw the job advertised. I visited college and was really impressed by the department and the media team.
What did you do prior to working here? I worked for a company that filmed university graduations as a camera operator. After this I worked as a technical instructor for Wyre NHS in the speech therapy department. My job involved training staff and young people who were non-verbal to use technology to communicate. Having been inspired by how much technology can transform young people’s lives and development I went back to University and did a post grad in Information Communication Technology. I then went on to do my PGCE. Before I came to college I taught at schools in Blackpool and a Pupil Referral Unit.
What is your favourite thing about your job? I love teaching the students. I teach the first year and every year I am inspired by how much the pupils develop throughout the year. I think college is much more than teaching them subject specific skills and seeing students mature as critical thinkers and independent learners is very rewarding.
What is the best thing about the course you teach? The students. The technology, I love to teach students new skills and watch them being blown away by what they can achieve. Most of my students love what they are creating and often have to be told to leave at the end of the college day.
What are the best things about working at college? Working as such a close team in visual and creative studies and supporting and developing good practice with others. Having a supportive management team who listen to ideas and are keen to develop you as a teacher. Working as a whole college team to support and develop students learning.
Courses taught: Level 2 Diploma Art and Design, Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design
When did you start working at LMC? September 2006
What brought you to LMC? The School of Art and Design had a great reputation. I did the Foundation course after my A-Levels when the department was based at White Cross, Lancaster.
What did you do prior to working here? Teacher of Art and Design at a high school near Manchester
What is your favourite thing about your job? I love seeing students develop independence and confidence as the course progresses. I also love celebrating students' achievements at our end of year exhibition.
What is the best thing about the course you teach? Students get the opportunity to work with a wide range of materials, media and technologies.
What are the best things about working at college? Lovely campus, students and staff
Courses Taught: Level 3 Music Practitioners, HNC Music, HND Music
What brought you to LMC? I had stopped touring internationally as a professional musician. and had limited my playing to the north west of the UK. I was teaching both privately, in local schools, and was involved in community music. An advertisement appeared in the local paper, and the rest is history.
What did you do prior to working here? For ten years I toured professionally, mostly with the band Edward II. During that time we played in likely places such as the USA, Canada, and Europe, and unlikely places such as, Brazil, Oman, and Turkmenistan. We shared stages with a huge variety of artists including, amongst others, Alice Cooper, Sinhead O’Connor, and Mose Alison, as examples of the diversity.
What is your favourite thing about the job? Interacting with students who are as enthusiastic about music as I am.
What is the best thing about the course you teach? Its practical focus. It prepares students for the reality of working in the music industry.
What are the best things about working at college? A good team of tutors who are nuts about music.
What brought you to LMC? I came here to complete my PGCE studies in 2013 and started working with the Learning Support team, later gaining a teaching position with the Music and Aspire teams.
What did you do prior to working here? I worked in a mental health and rehabilitation unit in Leicestershire as a care assistant and drama therapy facilitator.
What is your favourite thing about your job? Working in the creative sector, inspiring students to do more and exceed their own expectations.
What is the best thing about the course you teach? The ability to cross over subjects (music and media) to highlight the importance of media within the music industry and provide tools to use media related sources efficiently.
What are the best things about working at College? The push for independence, learners are prepared for the working world!