Andy Atkin – Curriculum Leader for Plumbing and Gas

Andy began his career in the construction industry at the age of 14. He worked in North Yorkshire as a brick layer and stone mason before completing an apprenticeship at Accrington and Rossendale College.

Andy was named as Apprentice of the Year for three years running, and competed to become the best in the North West several times.

At the age of 18, Andy competed in SkillBuild and had the unique opportunity of showing Prince Charles how to lay a brick while being filmed by the BBC!

Andy then spent a number of years working on different buildings, including restorations and housing developments. He spent 10 years working for Condale Construction Ltd as a site manager/foreman.

In 2012, Andy made the move into teaching after deciding to pass on his skills to future generations and give something back to the industry.

Andy joined Warrington & Vale Royal College’s brickwork team in October 2014. He was named Outstanding Tutor of the Year in his first year, and Student of the Year during the completion of his Certification of Education.

After being rated as a Grade 1 tutor for two years, Andy was promoted to Curriculum Leader for Plumbing and Gas.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Think long term.
It might sound silly when you’re young but think how
your chosen qualification will help you build your life.
Grab every opportunity while you’re young, time flies too quickly.