I first spotted the NMiTE Ingenuity studio as it arrived in the Hereford and Ludlow College car park a few weeks ago. Intrigued with what was going on, I contacted Emma and was promptly “Volunteered”.
Over the past 4 decades I have had a broad range of experience in many areas of industry and business. I began my career as an apprentice electrician in the mid 80’s under Mrs Thatcher’s Youth Opportunities Program. Once the program ended, I spent 3 years working at the Dixons branch in town selling Sinclair Spectrums and Sony Walkmans. I then spent 10 amazing years working for Circatech on Rotherwas. Circatech was one of the first companies in the UK offering a Surface Mount Electronics sub-contract manufacturing service. I started by looking after the “Pick and Place” machines, moving through the business experiencing production management and roles in the drawing office. During this time, I obtained an ONC in Mechanical and Production engineering at our wonderful local Technical College.
Then came 10 years working for a global manufacturer of professional electronic soldering systems and hand tools. Taking the skills learnt at Circatech and using them to help electronics manufacturers across the UK and Ireland. This is where the training bug caught hold, as much of the role involved operator training.
I joined RS Components, my current employer, around 14 years ago as a Sales Engineer and moved into Learning and Development 3 years later. I have been involved in many aspects of training including sales, personal development, technology & innovation along with its industrial application.
So after over 35+ years absorbing the knowledge and skills from thousands of amazing people, it’s time to bring some of it back home. I will be working with the Ingenuity Studio team to build programs in manufacturing, electronics, general engineering and maybe even a little sales training. As well as supporting existing sprints and workshop when I can.