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HOW IT ALL STARTED: A CAREER JOURNEY



       Stuart Gilby talks to ReView about his career journey and what he loves about the sector, from
       Sea Turtles to Turbines and pretty much everything in between.




    1989  was  a  year  of  great  historical   training courses that you realise how much   could’ve  been  easily  prevented  by  a  little
    importance;  the  Dalai  Lama  won  a  Nobel   of a challenge it truly is – definitely not the   education  and  awareness  –  this  is  exactly
    Peace  Prize,  the  World  Wide  Web  was   walk in the park that I thought it’d be!  why I’m so passionate about this area as it
    invented by Tim Berners-Lee and the Berlin                                   plays a huge part in ensuring both the safety
    Wall  came  down.  However,  more  notable   MY TIME AT DEVELOP…             of the engineers as well as raising awareness
    than  all  of  these  put  together  was  the   During  my  time  at  Develop  we  have  had   of safe systems of work with employers.
    beginnings of a fledging electrical career for   great  success  in  expanding  our  traditional
    a young Stuart Gilby!                  client base of Defence and Health to include   One of the best parts about my job is when
                                           private networks and industrial clients. This   I hear from a delegate that our training has
    Stuart Gilby is a Senior Electrical Lecturer in   has been fantastic for both the industry, as it   helped  him/her  to  challenge  a  potentially
    High Voltage (HV), based at Develop’s York   shows that safe working practices are being   un-safe practice in their workplace – that’s
    training centre. Here we catch up with him   adopted in a widespread manner, and also   another life potentially saved, and it makes
    and find out about his career journey so far…  for myself personally, because it’s helped me   me proud to do the job I do.
                                           to gain more experience in current industry
    STARTING OUT…                          practices  and  stay  up  to  date  with  our   LOOKING TO THE FUTURE…
    I started my career as an Electrical Apprentice   knowledge.                 These  days  many  SME’s  are  being  made
    for a Government department which at one                                     aware  of  compliance  issues  through
    point saw me working on a military site with   How we deliver courses has also changed a   industry publications, HSE newsletters and
    no  connection  to  the  grid  –  this  was  my   lot since I first started as many businesses   even  social  media.  Because  of  this  I  have
    first  exposure  to  Safety  Rules  and  power   are  now wanting  bespoke  courses  tailored   seen  a  slow  shift of learners with  no  prior
    generation and my ‘interesting’ experiences   to  their  own  individual  rules.  The  global   formal  safety  training  starting  to  see  the
    there made me quickly realise that I’d have   COVID19  pandemic  has  also  made  us   importance  of  safe  systems  of  work  and
    a far more challenging and varied career if   reassess how we deliver our courses and in   undertaking such training.
    I  continued  with  the  military  rather  than   response we’ve recently launched a number
    general electrical work!               of virtual and blended learning options – a   Larger companies seem to be wanting multi-
                                           fantastic new asset to our training portfolio,   skilled engineers now more than ever, so I
    In  1997,  as  my  career  progressed  into   as  well  as  another  challenge  for  me  as  a   think  that  it’s  now  extremely  important  to
    management,  I  gained  my  first  Authorised   trainer to conquer!          ensure that everyone has as much training
    Person  appointments  for  High  Voltage                                     and  safety  awareness  as  possible  in  areas
    and  Low  Voltage,  shortly  followed  by   SPECIALIST SUBJECT…              that  may  not  be  their  primary  engineering
    appointments  in  Mechanical  Systems  and   My specialist subject is Safe Systems of Work.   discipline.
    Petroleum.                             In the military Safety Rules and procedures
                                           have been in place since well before I began   Education styles have also changed in recent
    The decision to join Develop in March 2016   my  apprenticeship,  however  even  though   years  with  the  traditional  ‘sit  and  listen’
    was an easy one and having attended various   the  area  has  expanded  exponentially  over   approach  slowly  being  phased  out  and
    courses  there  over  the  years  I  felt  that  I   the years, there are still organisations’ today   replaced  with  a  holistic  approach  covering
    already had a head start in how it would be   that have no rules in place.   a variety of delivery methods. This not only
    on the other side of the desk – how wrong                                    improves  the  learners  experience  but  also
    I was! I quickly realised that it’s only when   It’s always saddening to read the latest HSE   helps to keep it interesting for us as trainers
    you’re involved in developing and delivering   report into a significant incident on site that   too!
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