Zac’s Journey: Apprentice to Teacher

Zac Wilkinson
Pictured: Zac currently works at Preston’s College as a Trowel Occupations & School Links Lecturer with a bright future ahead of him.

Zac started working in the construction industry as an Apprentice, 10 years later he’s Co-Director of a family building firm and now shares his valuable knowledge and experience with the next generation!

Studying the Certificate of Education at Preston’s College, Zac is able to develop his skills, making him a better site manager and teacher to Apprentices on site.

Zac says: “I gained a huge amount of employability skills and experience throughout my Apprenticeship and in industry employment. I developed confidence in my own abilities when working on site as I work best in a practical environment.

“I thoroughly enjoy sharing my skills with other employees to help them improve, which made me think that I could become a teacher in the field.

“I was nervous to take my first steps, I wasn’t the most academic at school but I had every confidence in my knowledge, abilities and experience.

“When I enrolled onto the Certificate in Education, any worries I had were resolved straight away! My tutor provided full support throughout my studies, giving me confidence in myself and my ability to deliver lessons.

“Not only has this course made me a better lecturer, but also a better site manager. Good teachers make a lasting impact on the lives of their learners.

“My job is incredibly rewarding, especially witnessing learners develop industry skills to gain employment; knowing I had an impact on their progression is very fulfilling.”

Our Certificate of Education is provided in partnership with the University of Derby, an Ofsted rated Outstanding provider of FE and Skills teacher training.

Find out more about career-focused degrees in a range of exciting subjects at the University of Derby’s Roadshow held at Preston’s College on Wednesday 8th August, 4pm – 7pm. Book your place here.

The University of Derby



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