Engineering and Manufacturing Provider Validation Board

At City & Guilds, we work in collaboration with a wide range of key industry experts, providers, and employers, to ensure the skills employers needs are met for a more productive workforce.

To demonstrate our commitment to meeting providers' needs in the Engineering and Manufacturing industry and to ensure that the new T Level technical qualifications are fit for purpose and reflects the knowledge and skills learners need to succeed; we have worked with a wide range of Colleges and Private Training Providers.

For more information on our Provider Validation Board members, please expand the accordions below.

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Get involved and help shape the future of T Levels

We are actively seeking new Colleges and Providers to join our Provider Validation Board and support the T Level qualifications initially. If you are interested in joining, please contact one of our Engineering and Manufacturing Technical Advisors:

Samantha Ashman

Simon Yorke

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Ashley Grute

City & Guilds Provider Validation Board

HSDC - Assistant Principal Vocational Curriculum

Ashley’s role as an Assistant Principal is focused on three key responsibilities; to contribute to the strategic leadership of HSDC; to maximise financial income and efficiencies across departments and to lead outstanding provision across the curriculum areas that he is responsible for. Ashley works closely with several local, regional, and national employers as well as several local universities to plan the strategic direction of the college curriculum based on LEP priorities, labour market intelligence, local employer need and new qualification development.

Ashley has worked in Further Education for 20 years and is currently involved in a number of T Level and Transition offer steering groups.

HSDC are one of the early adopter providers for T Levels and started the delivery in 2020. Ashley is HSDC college lead on T Level implementation. He has also led on the implementation of the T Levels in Construction, Early Years, Digital, Health, and Science.

Ashley is also part of the AoC T Level Strategic Leadership Group.

“Being a Provider Board Member will enable myself and colleagues to contribute towards the shaping of the T Levels in Engineering and Manufacturing. This will mean as a college we are at the forefront of T level implementation as well as ensuring our staff are as up to date and knowledgeable as possible ready for delivery in 2022.“

About HSDC

Havant and South Downs College was formed on 1st August 2017 as a result of the merger between Havant Sixth Form College and South Downs College and then became HSDC on 1st April 2019 when it merged with Alton College. The new college is the largest further education college in Hampshire, occupying three main campuses (in Waterlooville, Havant and Alton). They have approximately 5200 Full-Time students and offer provision in apprenticeships, adult education, and higher education.

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Jonathan Andrews

City & Guilds Provider Validation Board

Yeovil College - Study Programme Manager for Automotive Engineering

John completed the advanced modern apprenticeship in a small independent garage, then worked for a franchise dealership for several years as an MOT tester and quality controller.

John then spent several years working for the Ministry of Defence building military vehicles, through various promotions he went on to programme and design computer software for the military, before taking the step into education when the opportunity arose for him to become a college lecturer, a role he had wanted to do for many years.

Having been a lecturer now for five years he is also lead tutor, assessor and IQA.

He brings a large amount of motor vehicle knowledge and experience as well as some great stories which drive employability and passion to the Automotive department.

“By working in partnership with City & Guilds, we put ourselves at the forefront of new qualifications, understanding them at a level we could not hope to without being provider board members, we also influence change where necessary, to enable our learners at all levels to achieve and be successful in everything they are doing now and in the future.”

About Yeovil College

Yeovil College is an exceptionally high performing college, recognised within the top 10% of the country for achievement rates. They have the highest ambition for themselves, for their students and for their wider community, and  live and breathe a position of ‘only our best is good enough.’ With their eyes firmly on the future, they are focused on improving opportunities across South Somerset and North and West Dorset and their relentless approach is having huge impact; they are changing lives.

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Mitch Scott

City & Guilds Provider Validation Board

Leeds City College – Head of Engineering School

Mitch is the Head of Engineering at Leeds City College and has worked in the FE sector for over 20 years, FE plays a vital role in communities; offering opportunities for those who live there, as well as supporting the local economy and tackling inner city poverty.

The department delivers to  approximately 900 learners, ranging from full-time, part-time and apprentices. As Head of School, it is important that Mitch engages and works closely with local employers, and attends several steering groups around the region to ensure they offer valid courses and that learners are equipped to meet the needs of local employment opportunities.

Mitch is currently working with stakeholders to address the automation and robotics skills gap at FE level, engaging and getting the support from local businesses in setting this up enables Leeds City College to drive the skills and opportunities for both individuals and employers.

Mitch has also been involved in other boards such as UTC Leeds and West Yorkshire Manufacturing Alliance.

“As one of the main and largest providers, being a board member would enable us to contribute and support the developments of the T Levels. These qualifications will have many implications on the sector and as such it is vital that all perspectives are looked at and considered, from employers, colleges, and young people. It will allow our organisation to not only help with the implementation of the T levels but also with the growth and success of them as qualifications.”

About Leeds City College

Leeds City College is one of the largest further education institutions in the country with more than 20,000 students and is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships regionally. The courses at Leeds City College cover almost all subject areas and include full-time and part-time academic and vocational qualifications at multiple levels for pre-16, post-16, and 19+ (adults) options.

From apprenticeships to A levels, Leeds City College’s qualifications ensure every student can take steps towards success. The college aims to continually meet the needs of local employers and prides itself on excellent facilities including: an air cabin simulator, creative studios, professional kitchens, on-site gyms, laboratories, garages, workshops, makeup studios, salons, childcare facilities and more.

Additionally, the college boasts a portfolio of impressive industry links on local, regional, national, and international scales. The schools and departments within the college focus on building relationships with employer organisations, unions, chambers of commerce, awarding bodies and the local enterprise partnership.

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Noel Wood

City & Guilds Provider Validation Board

The Henley College – Engineering Coordinator

Noel completed a Toolmaking apprenticeship in Injection moulding. After Noel’s apprenticeship he moved into the design office using AutoCAD to design plastic injection mould tooling.

After leaving the company where he completed his apprenticeship, he secured a position as foreman for a gravity piston die manufacturer. During his time there he implemented Lean Manufacturing initiatives and helped to bring in ISO9001 accreditation.

Noel started in education in 2009 after 17 years in manufacturing, he completed his teacher training in 2013 with a Level 5 Diploma in Lifelong teaching, he is also a qualified assessor.

Noel has designed and taught curricula based on BTEC and Apprenticeship standards. During his first teaching role at Reading College, he was a contributor for Professor Bill Lucas’ paper on ‘Engineering Habits of Mind’ where he looked at improving learner’s creative thinking skills through 10-minute starter activities over a twelve-week period.

Noel has worked as a PDM for the ECITB developing qualification specifications such as Diploma in Maintaining Engineering Construction Plant and Systems SCQF Level 7.

As the Engineering Coordinator for The Henley college, his role is to build on the great work that the engineering department has been doing by improving the employer engagement, introducing new courses such as Higher Nationals, T Levels, and apprenticeships to the department.

“Being a Provider Board Member will help us to improve our provision through networking and collaboration with other providers. It should allow us to gain valuable insight into how qualifications are delivered within different providers and areas.”

About The Henley College

In 2017 The Henley College celebrated 30 years of teaching and learning excellence, although their origins can be traced back to King James I Grammar School, founded in 1604. These foundations closely reflect the academic and vocational traditions that remain at the forefront of today's offering.

Since its creation in 1987, the College has continued to serve as the sixth form of choice for their four local partner schools. However, thanks to their leading reputation and the quality of their courses, they are now home to nearly 2,000 full-time students from over 100 schools across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire.

Over the last 4 years the engineering department has grown from cohorts of 40 students per year to 81 in 2020. They are looking to improve their provision by adding Higher Nationals, T Levels and apprenticeships over the next few years.

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Paddy Oakes

City & Guilds Provider Validation Board

Middlesbrough College – Associate Director of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

Paddy has 25 years in further education (FE)for Engineering, managing curriculums and delivering at all levels across Motor Vehicle, Fabrication and Welding, Manufacturing, Electrical and Electronic, Instrumentation and Control and Mechanical Engineering, including apprenticeships. Starting as an apprentice electrician he progressed to an Instrumentation and Control engineer accumulating 16 years in the mining industry.

Paddy works closely with employers on advisory boards and has been involved implementing changes in curriculum in educational programme culminating in the greatest reform in the T Level programmes in Engineering and Manufacturing.

Paddy is responsible for the curriculum, implementing change and intent, resources, and delivery of all programmes in the Directorate ensuring quality provision fit for local employers and student progression to employment.

“As a member of the T Level development, I have been able to put forward changes from draft pathways allowing the board to consider and implement change where applicable. It has given myself a valued input to ensure the level and the purpose of the T Level is fit for purpose. It will also allow the transition for staff delivering T Levels to be more prepared and aware of the very different delivery approach satisfying the educational reform that T Levels bring with my support.”

About Middlesbrough College

At Middlesbrough College their focus is to equip learners with the skills and training to progress into their chosen career. That’s why, 96% of full-time students that study with them secure employment, an apprenticeship, or access to further study at college or university.

Middlesbrough College is the largest FE College in the Tees Valley and the Engineering department has consistently delivered to over 1000+ engineers each year including Entry Level 3 courses through to Level 6 Bachelor Degree in Engineering. Programmes are developed to meeting local needs and links to the LMI providing engineers for the future in our region. 

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Robert Stuckey

City & Guilds Provider Validation Board

Yeovil College - Curriculum Area Manager for Automotive Engineering

After successfully completing his apprenticeship and working for many years as a qualified technician and MOT Tester at a local garage, Rob took the decision to work for a well-known South West College as an Apprentice Assessor.

Apprenticeships have always been a qualification route Rob has been passionate about. This passion has now seen him work for two national training companies before accepting his current role as Motor Vehicle Coordinator at Yeovil College.

He brings a wealth of industry experience and a detailed knowledge of qualification requirements to the Automotive department.

In his current role as the Curriculum Area Manager for Automotive Engineering, Rob manages a team of Study Programme Managers to deliver outcomes set by the organisation, to find and win new business and deliver strategic targets which are in line with the business needs and direction.

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Dr Steve Grice

City & Guilds Provider Validation Board

South & City College Birmingham - Head of School - Engineering

Dr Steve Grice began his engineering career studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Aston University, he then went on to do a PhD studying Photonics, also at Aston. A stint in the industry was then followed by a return to Aston, working on a post-doctoral project in Biomedical Engineering for the British Heart Foundation. It was from here that Steve moved into the Further Education sector, joining Bournville College in 2012 as a Lecturer in Engineering to establish their engineering department, becoming Assistant Curriculum Manager of Engineering in September 2014.

Since August 2017, Steve has been Head of the School of Engineering at South and City College Birmingham where he manages a team of 20 staff, comprising of lecturers and technicians, delivering engineering programmes across two campuses at SCCB.

“As a member of the T Level development allows us, as a Provider, to have direct input in shaping future qualifications that we will be delivering.”

About South & City College Birmingham

South and City College Birmingham is a vocational college which offers students part time, full time, and Apprenticeship courses from Level 1 to higher education in a range of subjects. One of the largest colleges in the region with eight campuses across the city of Birmingham.

They are committed to ensuring students have the relevant skills, qualifications and experience required for their future, whether that is to seek employment or continue their education at college or university.

They have exceptional facilities which they continue to invest in, including a purpose-built construction centre and engineering centre, hair and beauty salons which are open to the public, a fine-dining restaurant run by students, music and sound recording rooms, an industry standard auditorium and much more.

The college is actively involved in the community, with local businesses and has excellent links with industry; this not only allows them to provide excellent opportunities for their students to gain work experience placements, apprenticeships, and job opportunities but for the college to help employers ensure they have skilled workforce needed for the future.

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