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Experienced Mechanical & Electrical Lecturer joins Develop Training

Experienced Mechanical & Electrical Lecturer joins Develop Training

21 May 2018

Develop Training (DTL) are expanding their Mechanical and Electrical team with the addition of experienced lecturer, Mark Symonds.

Sitting within Gavin Davies’ team, Mark will initially be helping to develop and deliver the new apprenticeship standard for DTL’s Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) programme. Going forward he will also be responsible for teaching DTL’s apprentices, writing course mini-manuals, ensuring that we comply with Ofsted requirements and much more. 

Broad range of experience

Mark brings with him over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of mechanical and electrical roles, all of which began with an Engineering apprenticeship! After a number of years undertaking various engineering roles, Mark branched out and opened his own engineering business, eventually selling up in 1990 so he could spend more time with his wife and young children. After this he went on to do an English degree, followed by a PGCE, and subsequently ended up teaching English and P.E. at a number of 6th Form Colleges. In more recent years, Mark could be found teaching engineering/customer service and business admin apprenticeships along with adult education at Colleges around the Derby/Nottingham/Stoke area.

Developing apprenticeship programmes

Mark explains, “I have a broad range of experience within the teaching world, linked with real-life industry experience and I’m looking forward to bringing this knowledge to DTL and passing it on to the apprentices I’m going to be teaching – it feels like I’ve come full circle and am back to where it all began for me over 30 years ago! I’m also especially keen to assist with developing the apprenticeship programmes to ensure they’re fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of the industries we serve.”

Spare time

In his spare time Mark is an avid fan of scuba diving and has travelled far and wide, most notably the Red Sea. Mark is also a 4th Dan black belt in Karate, so it’s probably wise not to pick a fight with him!

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