We are really proud of our candidates and proud that we can support them in their careers! To give them the recognition they deserve, we’ve been busy interviewing inspirational Protocol candidates – today we chat to Pat, who used her 20 years of industry experience to springboard her career into lecturing!

Pat worked in the elderly care environment for 20 years, starting as a carer and progressing into management. While working, she gained several qualifications in this area to support her skills.

She was then contacted by a Protocol consultant, who asked if she would be interested in teaching in her specialist area. She also met with curriculum leads within a local college, to discuss the subject areas she specialised in a see if she would be a good fit.

Although Pat doesn’t have a teaching qualification, this isn’t always necessary – providers in Scotland don’t require this qualification, and many more across the UK are happy to take on those with extensive industry experience, sometimes even supporting them to train as a lecturer or assessor.

Pat proved to be a fantastic addition to the college team, and worked through Protocol at North East Scotland College in Aberdeen across teaching and guidance with students at all different levels, from foundation courses to HND.

Pat said,

“The staff at Protocol in NESCOL very much looked at the skills I had, and used these to direct me to areas where I would be comfortable in a lecturing environment.  I had the opportunity to attend training and meetings so I could discuss how the work I did was progressing.”

Drawing on her industry experience as well as further ongoing training to support her knowledge, Pat worked in a variety of roles at the college, including:

  • Assessor and Verifier in Health & Social Care
  • Lecturer in Moving & Handling
  • Supporting & Guiding students through induction and progression to higher levels of education

We asked Pat what it was she enjoyed about teaching – she had this to say:

“I really enjoy seeing students achieve their college qualifications, and being able to assist them in making informed decisions as to what their future pathway could be.”

Are you looking for a role in education in Scotland? Contact our team in Aberdeen to find out how they can help.

Have industry experience and want to work in education in England, but don’t have a teaching qualification? Speak to our specialist Skills and Training Team on 0115 911 1200 or training@protocol.co.uk to find out how you could work as a Trainer or End-Point Assessor and learn on the job!

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