Meet the team : Mark Fear

   17 October 2023         Blogs

Mark Fear

On this month’s Meet the team blog, we’re introducing one of our electrical trainers, Mark Fear.

Career overview

Mark’s career journey began with studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth, before he ventured into a role as an operative at Cadbury’s, where he worked for a total of six years. Deciding to swap chocolates for education, a shift in career led Mark to become a PE teacher, teaching both primary and secondary students. Later, his aspiration to become an engineer led him to undertake electrical training, before becoming a qualified electrician in 2013. Working as a domestic, commercial, and industrial electrician Mark has gained a wide array of electrical qualifications throughout his career.

Joining Develop

 Recognising an opportunity to combine his qualifications as an electrician with his teaching background, Mark joined Develop in March 2022. Keen to make a meaningful impact, Mark was eager to contribute to the electrical industry by passing on his knowledge and skills to aspiring electricians.

Mark explains, “Empowering the next generation with knowledge is the spark that lights the path to a brighter future in any field. I want to help inspire those working in the LV electrical field that it’s not only the technical know-how that they need but also the dedication and commitment to excel in an industry where precision and safety are paramount.”

Bridging experience and quality training

Mark’s dual experience as a teacher and a qualified electrician is invaluable in his role and sets him apart as a Trainer. Mark understands first-hands that simply imparting knowledge isn’t enough, instead he utilises a range of engaging and hands-on teaching methods to transform the learning process and ensures delegates are able to actively try their hand at electrical activities.

Mark’s classes are a dynamic blend of traditional teaching and practical application. Delegates are not merely passive observers but active participants in their learning. The typical structure of his sessions involves a stimulating 30-40 minutes of teacher-led presentations, where he imparts a theoretical understanding of the subject matter. This is followed by the practical element of the training whereby delegates have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves, grab their tools, and put their newfound knowledge into action.

It’s here that theory becomes reality, where concepts become skills, and where Mark’s guidance becomes invaluable. This practical approach not only solidifies the learning but also instills a profound sense of confidence in his delegates, knowing that they are well-prepared to excel in their role when they return back to their day job.

Notable achievements

As a testament to his teaching, Mark was particularly pleased recently when one of his delegates announced that he had requested to join the course based on recommendations from three colleagues who had previously completed training with Mark. This in itself speaks volumes about the quality of teaching he provides.

Embracing green technologies

 Mark is passionate about integrating renewables into electrical training and qualifications. He believes it’s crucial for the new generation of electricians to be well-versed in new green technologies, as they play a vital role in shaping a more sustainable future for the trade industry.

Mark explains,

The electrical industry is at a crossroads, with the global shift towards sustainability and renewable energy sources becoming increasingly imperative. The new generation of electricians must be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate this evolving terrain.

It’s no longer sufficient for them to be well-versed only in traditional electrical systems; they must also become proficient in harnessing the potential of green technologies. They also need to do this if they want to stay at the forefront of their career and future-proof their skill set.”

He continues,

I’m really looking forward to the next few years at Develop as we are soon going to be launching our own Renewable Energies division and this will mean training programmes in areas such as Solar PV, Battery Energy Storage Systems, Air Source Heat Pumps and Thermal Stores. An exciting time for certain!”

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