Adam joined the MGTS management team in March 2024 and now that he’s had a little time to settle in, we’d like to introduce him to you all.

Adam, please give an overview of your new role and what attracted you to it.

“In my new role as Curriculum Manager at MGTS, I lead the development and implementation of our engineering apprenticeship programme for our Further Education provision, which covers Level 3 BTEC and Level 4 HNC. I’m tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of our FE division, trying to provide our apprentices with a positive learning experience. Working alongside our talented team of nine tutors, each with extensive knowledge and industrial expertise, we offer apprentices a comprehensive understanding of the engineering industry, contextualising curriculum criteria effectively. Additionally, I provide training and support to ensure our tutors deliver the curriculum effectively and align with the programme objectives.

“What drew me to this role was the opportunity to join a nationally recognised training provider renowned for its industrial partnerships with a wide range of business sectors. I’m excited to contribute to shaping the next generation of engineers and ensuring the industry’s skill requirements are met. MGTS’ longstanding staff tenure reflects a commitment to excellence and longevity, aligning perfectly with my desire for a long-term career with a reputable company.”

Tell us about the skills and qualities from your background that you bring to the role.

“My journey from the leaving the Infantry back in 2009 to becoming a Curriculum Manager in 2024 has equipped me with invaluable skills and qualities. Transitioning from the British Army to teaching within Prison Education demanded adaptability and resilience, which I cultivated over seven years of teaching experience. Progressing into management roles, such as Vocational Manager then Hub Manager honed my leadership abilities and strategic thinking. My time as Contracts Delivery Manager for a NEET (not engaged in education, employment, or training) contract underscored my commitment to supporting vulnerable individuals, while my role as Head of Learning for a Construction Training Provider showcased my capacity to tailor education to diverse learner needs. Throughout my career I’ve navigated various funding streams and regulatory bodies, ensuring effective program delivery. I have been involved in five Ofsted inspections throughout my career with all of them achieving an outcome of Good, so I have a strong understanding of the expectations on our tutors and how I need to support them to ensure that we are delivering dynamic and engaging lessons.”

How have you found your initial period with MGTS?

“I’ve already gained valuable insights into MGTS’ operations and what my primary objectives are: building robust relationships with other Senior Leadership Team members, staff, employers, and apprentices to effective curriculum management and delivery. The welcoming atmosphere from all staff has facilitated a smooth transition into MGTS. As expected with any new role, the early weeks pose challenges as I familiarise myself with the organisation’s processes and procedures, trying to integrate and contribute positively from the outset. Despite the learning curve, I’ve found the role fulfilling and aligned with my expectations, thanks to the supportive environment and structured approach within the company. I feel valued already for what I bring to the table and that I am having a positive impact and moving in the right direction. There is a positive culture within the business, hence the longevity of staff. I can see myself at MGTS for a long time.”

What most are you looking forward to as you progress in the role?

“I’m really excited about being involved in our apprentices’ entire journey, from start to finish. In my previous roles, the courses were short and focused on quickly upskilling learners for employment, so I never had the chance to see them grow and develop as individuals. Here at MGTS, I’ll get to witness learners’ progress over a 4-year period and be there to celebrate their graduation – which is why I got into education in the first place. Additionally, I’m eager to see where MGTS is heading in the future. With its impressive nearly 60-year history and continued growth, I’m proud to be part of such a dynamic organisation and excited to contribute positively to its legacy.”