Hi, I’m Andy Atkin, Curriculum Manager for the Construction Trades. I joined the College in 2015 as a Lecturer, and was promoted to Curriculum Manager in 2016. My current job entails providing leadership in my curriculum team, teaching Levels 1, 2 and 3 on Brickwork, working with students, ensuring that all targets are met, attending meetings and training, mentoring staff, completing performance reviews, and assisting with recruitment for both learners and staff.
I am currently studying for a Masters in Educational Leadership, and am on the Aspiring Directors’ programme at the College. The programme provides valuable leadership and management training, and development opportunities.
Prior to joining the College I was a bricklayer and junior site manager for 15 years, working in domestic, housing and commercial sectors. I completed my PTLLS teaching qualification (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector), and then progressed on to do my Certificate in Education, during which time I volunteered at Accrington and Rossendale College.
I get a great sense of pride from my students and staff achievements. I joined the teaching profession so I could pass on my skills to the future generations. The College provides a good work life balance, with excellent benefits, which includes a generous annual leave entitlement, competitive salaries, access to a free gym and free on-site parking.
To thrive at the College you need to deal well with pressure and be very organised. Teaching is all encompassing, and demands a degree of flexibility. Staff also need to be able to deal with student behaviour and issues, and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.
I love working at the College and aspire to work towards a senior management role.