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:
What brought you to LMC? It was a great place to train and my ambition was to teach people as I had been taught. The tutors I had were great and played a big part in my training, so I wanted to be the support and encouragement that students need to realise their potential when training to be a plumber.
What did you do prior to working here? When I finished my Apprenticeship I set up my own business as a self employed Plumbing and Heating Engineer, working on jobs both big and small.
What is your favourite thing about your job? My favourite thing about my job are the students. I love seeing what they are capable of and I am excited to see them progress through the courses. I reasure them that I will be there when times are tough, and will support them.
What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? The best thing about the course is that you learn to work in different scenarios with a range of materials and tools, which is a good skill to learn for working in the real world.
What are the best bits about working at College? It’s a brilliant environment to work in as the staff and managers are very helpful. Fellow workers become good friends and it makes coming to work enjoyable. The students are also important and the best bits are seeing them reach their potential.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? Plumbing is a valuable skill to gain. If you are willing to put all your effort into being the best you can, we will support you all the way, so that you can build a career and a future in this trade.
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!