College looks to meet demand for electricians

Hugh Baird College in Bootle is appealing for electricians to become tutors with demand for electrical engineers set to grow in Liverpool city region. Tony McDonough reports

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Hugh Baird College is looking to train the next generation of electrical engineers

 

With 20% of electricians in Liverpool city region set to reach retirement age in the next 10 years one college is appealing for more tutors to join its team.

Hugh Baird College in Bootle estimated there will be growth in demand for electrical engineers in the next few years. It is asking for qualified electricians to come forward to pass on their skills, knowledge and experience to the next generation.

It is looking to train a number of teachers and assessors on a full or part-time basis. The college has completed a substantial upgrade to its electrical installations teaching facilities and has announced an attractive package for those who join its teaching team.

Lynn Masterton, assistant principal of business engagement at Hugh Baird, said: “Out students and apprentices deserve nothing but the best education and that means we need teachers and assessors who have lived and breathed the industry and have a passion for sharing their knowledge.

“We can offer applicants who wish to follow teaching the support to gain their teaching qualification and there are full and part-time positions available in both teaching and assessing. We have a long list of staff benefits that include generous annual leave, pension schemes, healthcare plans and an employee discount platform.”

Daniel Richards, lead assessor in building services, business management and catering at the college, added: “I spent more than 10 years working as an electrical installer before I came into assessing.

“Towards the end of my time in the industry I wasn’t feeling challenged. So, I had a decision to make – stay in my electrical role, or give myself a new break.

“My favourite part of my job is when a student or apprentice is struggling to grasp a piece of work fully and you need to guide and encourage them. Then they have that light-bulb moment. There is no greater joy than having an impact on a young person’s future.”

Those who are interested or want to find out more about becoming an Electrical teacher or assessor at Hugh Baird College can submit their details via a short form at www.hughbaird.ac.uk/electricalteaching

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