Name of trainee: Matt Peacock
Year completed DTLLS: 2013
Current job title: Offender Learning Lecturer
Current place of employment: Milton Keynes College
Background information (starting point)
I have previous had successful careers in IT, Legal & Regulatory and business management and started a new career in health and fitness about 6 years ago. In this new role I found myself becoming more and more involved in delivering exercise referral courses and really enjoyed the teaching.
I recognised that although passionate about health, fitness and wellbeing I wanted to develop my skills as a trainer. After carefully researching the different options I decided the part time DTLLS course would offer me the best career progression, would fit in around my current responsibilities and presented the most affordable route to becoming an adult education tutor.
Current position and details on progress
I have recently started my employment as a full time Offender Learning Lecturer for an FE College. I am enjoying teaching ICT to learners in a prison environment which certainly requires all the skills and knowledge gained from my studies with Warwick University.
This post required a full teaching qualification and although I had previous experience in training the subjects I required my DTLLS qualification to be considered for an interview. The DTLLS course prepared me well for the interview and helped me enormously in designing a course for the practical component of the interview which helped showcase my teaching skills and knowledge.
Impact of ITT
I hold degrees from other Higher Education institutions in topics relating to my specialist fields but I have to be open and honest that the resources, support and quality of teaching whilst studying for my DTLLS qualification from the University of Warwick were excellent and it is this professionalism and integrity that has helped me succeed. The support as an alumni of Warwick University has helped me progress professionally and helped further my knowledge in the various topics I teach.