South West workers called on to train the workers of tomorrow

23 October 2017 | College News

Are you an engaged engineer? A media mastermind? Or a perfect plumber? If you’re an expert in your field, then education professionals are asking you to get involved in training the next generation of industry workers.

The UK economy is crying out for technically trained workers, particularly those with knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. Here in the South West, the skills gap is also beginning to bite. There has been great investment in training, such as the recently opened Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM in Plymouth, which is encouraging more young people to get involved in industry and manufacturing. However, this raises another issue – where do the teachers come from?

To ensure that the South West remains a hub of industry, it is vital that the expertise and knowledge held by current industry experts is shared with the next generation of workers. Now further education institutions are asking those currently working in the ‘real world’ to consider teaching young people at college.

Rob Green, Instructor/Assessor in Mechanical Engineering at City College, said: “I have worked in engineering for many years, gaining knowledge and experience and on-the-job skills in many disciplines in different parts of the UK. I decided that I needed a new challenge that would test my abilities, and give me the opportunity to give something back to the next generation of engineers.

“My first year of employment with City College has confirmed my belief that teaching is the most challenging, rewarding and varied profession, and one that I look forward to every day. I feel privileged to be part of such a vital sector and, above all, I’m making a difference!”

City College Plymouth is dedicated to providing their employees with the best opportunities for both their career and personal development, and has been recognised with the Investors in People Award.

For an informal chat about what career opportunities City College Plymouth could offer you, come along to their Open Day on Saturday 4 November, 10.00am and 1.00pm, at Kings Road. To find out more about working for the College, visit or call 01752 305300.

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