SET for Teaching Success: Michael White

Michael is an Automotive Lecturer and Course Tutor for Hartlepool College of Further Education. He worked as an apprentice mechanic before working for Nissan for more than 20 years and holds a Level 3 mechanics qualification. He explains how the SET for Teaching Success programme has helped him into the FE sector.

What did you do before you joined the SET for Teaching Success programme?

I worked in industry for Nissan and before that I was an apprentice mechanic. My original role at Nissan was working on the production line and I had this role for around 12 years. I then became Team Leader for a couple of years and then qualified with a NEBOSH certificate as a Health and Safety Advisor. I had this role for a couple of years when I decided to change career and go into teaching, I have never looked back.

Why did you choose to work in further education and join the SET for Teaching Success programme?

I wanted to work in further education as I wanted to try something different from what I had been doing and this seemed to be a very rewarding role.

What do you like about teaching in FE and what have been the benefits of the programme?

I really enjoy meeting people and I feel my communication skills are very strong; it can also be very rewarding when students achieve their goals. The benefits have been meeting like-minded people in similar roles and getting new ideas form them.

How has the programme developed you, or changed the way you do things or interact with students?

Meeting other teachers and speaking with them about their experiences has helped me judge the way I do things, and maybe take a different approach to problems I may encounter.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?

I see myself continuing to teach for the foreseeable future, as I really enjoy the role at the moment.

Are there any improvements that we can make for future cohorts of the SET for Teaching Success programme?

Continue to get experienced, relevant, and interesting speakers at each event and encourage new cohorts to interact and build lasting connections.

For details of how to apply for the SET for Teaching Success programme, please visit the programme page.