Majd Khador is studying the first year of a Level 7 PGCE course at Derby College, which is helping propel him to his desired career as an engineering teacher. Aged 34, he is new to teaching but has worked in industry.
What did you do before the programme?
Before being part of the SET for Teaching Success programme, I worked as a knowledge transfer partnership associate for engineering company SMT, based in Nottingham in liaison with the University of Warwick. Among other things, I had to explain how to operate machines in regard to civil and structural engineering. I worked in that role for two-and-a-half years. Before that, I did a PhD in engineering at Warwick University.
What do you think about the programme?
It is great to be part of the programme and I love it, as it is so very rewarding in so many ways and has given me so many opportunities. I have access to a variety of resources and my mentor on the programme is a good source of support, should I face any challenges or need any guidance. The training is also outstanding, including having a few digital platforms provided by teachers.
I also particularly value the fact that through the programme, I am now a member of the Society for Education and Training, which is highly respected as a professional membership body for the FE sector.
How has the programme developed you, changed the way you do things or interact with students?
I have been able to develop pedagogical content knowledge that helps me and others to know how to reach a variety of learners from different backgrounds.
I also feel that I have been able to develop additional organisational and teaching skills that enhance my learning and make me feel readier to make an impact on the lives of people wanting to study engineering.