Shrewsbury College offers training courses and Apprenticeships to hundreds of sole traders and larger organisations in Telford, Shropshire and beyond. Our staff’s wealth of industry experience means they understand your sector – working together we’ll find the best solution for your business.
 

Chris Crane, Retail, Sales & Management Assessor
Chris brings a wealth of experience in sales and management, since starting her career in retail in 1974 she’s worked with Laura Ashley, the Early Learning Centre and Principles. After diversifying into marketing for the Telford Shopping Centre, she managed 100 staff providing public relations, press releases and customer services training and was heavily involved in the national “Destination Telford” advertising campaign.

 

Lesley Adams, Management, Customer Service
& Administration Assessor

Lesley has a strong background in Heritage and Third Sector Management. Starting her career working part time with the National Trust, she worked her way up to Area Manager. She moved into a national training role for the Trust before joining an external training organisation. In 2005 she returned to her much loved industry, with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, as Head of Retail Development and Buyer. She's passionate about ethical and motivational management practice and has significant experience in corporate branding and delivering outstanding customer service standards.

 

Matthew Fletcher, Electrical Assessor
Matthew left school to start a two year scholarship for Shrewsbury Town Football Club, aiming to become a professional footballer. When the football didn’t work out he set his sights on becoming an electrician, starting an apprenticeship with a small company, mainly working in the domestic sector, but with some industrial work. After Matthew completed his apprenticeship he pushed himself to gain extra qualifications, to improve his career prospects, which progressed into employment as an assessor.

 

Laura Rogers, Hairdressing Assessor
Laura left school in 1996 and began an Apprenticeship at a Shrewsbury salon, qualifying at Level 2 in 1998. She spent the next 12 years working as a stylist in salons, gaining experience, before achieving a Level 3 Apprenticeship. She started working at Shrewsbury College in 2010 as a receptionist for the hair and beauty department and progressed to lecturing, gaining a DTLLS teaching qualification and a Customer Service NVQ Level 2. Laura enjoys being an assessor, watching apprentices learn the skills and techniques needed to become experienced hairdressers and still keeps her links with industry through part-time work in a commercial salon.


 

Lance Terry, Electrical Assessor
Lance began his Army career as an Electrical Technology apprentice with the Royal School of Military Engineering; completing 22 years’ service. Subsequently, he moved to Australia and worked for the Mining and Resources Industry as an Electrical Maintenance Engineer before taking a couple of years out for travelling. When returning to the UK, he took employment with Network Rail as an Industrial Maintenance Engineer before entering the world of education and training.

 

Steve Lloyd, Motor Vehicle Assessor
Steve gained a City & Guilds Level 3 Motor Vehicle Studies qualification at Newtown College, followed by BTEC at Shrewsbury College. He joined the Post Office in 1979 as a motor vehicle technician and became the Workshop Manager for the North West Region and finally Operations Manager for the Shropshire and the Marches region. Steve is a Member of the Institute of the Motor Industry and an IMI accredited assessor for MOT tester training. He enjoys imparting his knowledge and experience to others just starting their journey in the Motor Industry.

 

Paul Ashley, Plumbing Assessor
Paul started his working life as an Apprentice Gas Engineer with British Gas in 1977, working there for 39 years before joining the College in 2016 as a Plumbing Assessor. At British Gas he worked on all aspects of gas services before concentrating on central heating installations, carrying out some supervisory and health and safety duties, along with a period working for the sales and surveying departments - receiving continual ongoing technical training during this time. He hopes that he can now pass on some of his practical and customer facing skills and experience to help assist the Trainees with their qualification.

 

Leslie Bowen, Brickwork Assessor
After Leslie left school he attended Shrewsbury College as an apprentice bricklayer for two years, where he acquired his Level 2 City & Guilds qualification in 1991. He has worked as a bricklayer, both privately and as a sub-contractor, which has taken him all over the UK, as well as France and Germany. After two and a half years working as a Bricklayer and Site Manager with a company based in North Shropshire,  Leslie qualified as Brickwork assessor back at Shrewsbury College.

 

Leslie Babb, Hospitality Assessor
Leslie started his career on a two year City & Guilds Hospitality course where he gained experience as a chef and waiter. After that he did an apprenticeship in a hotel in Birmingham, followed by 27 years of various jobs in the hospitality industry at different levels. Lesley gained his D32/33 Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance qualifications in 1998 and trained his first chef in-house for the hotel he was working in at the time. In 2009 Leslie gained his A1/A2 Assessor and Verifier qualifications and started training hospitality apprentices full-time, before coming to Shrewsbury College in 2016 as a hospitality and catering assessor.

 

Alan Walker, Engineering Assessor
Alan entered the world of engineering back in 1971 as an apprentice. After being awarded Apprentice of the Year for two years running, the benefits of his formal training has stayed with him, believing the need for continuous improvement is as important now, as it was all those years ago. Alan brings a wealth of experience, including quality management, technical production, supply chain management with a grounding in fabrication, welding and machining.


 

Sandra Sinclair, Manufacturing & Logistics Lead Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer
Sandra started her career with a four year Apprenticeship in Manufacturing and Logistics with Laura Ashley. Gaining experience in machining, warehousing and production control, she moved on to a major supplier to Marks & Spencer, firstly employed as Production Manager and then Operations Manager. Her significant experience covers both production and logistics with a strong bias in lean manufacturing processes, including two years in the automotive industry.

 

Kerry Broster, Functional Skills Co-ordinator
After graduating from University as a Secondary school teacher in 2001, Kerry went to work for a work based learning provider. Kerry has been delivering Maths, English and ICT to apprentices and full-time students since 2004. She achieved her C&G Level 4 subject specialism in teaching Literacy in 2005 and her Level 5 DTLLS in teaching Maths in 2010. Kerry joined the College in March 2017 and enjoys working with apprentices at the beginning of their careers, to support them in achieving their own goals.
 

Sally Ross, Teaching Assistants and Child Care Assessor
Sally graduated in 1981 with a teaching degree and has over twenty years classroom experience, mainly in Primary Education and more recently, Early Years. She has a strong interest in Language and Literacy development and also a passion for the creative aspects of the curriculum. After a fulfilling and successful teaching career, Sally knew she wanted to work with those starting out in their careers so as a result, qualified as an assessor with a Certificate in Assessing Vocational Competence (CAVA) in 2012. She joined Shrewsbury College in September 2016 and is ideally placed to support apprentices with their Teaching Assistant and Child Care qualifications.

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