FORMER Apprentice Who Left School At 16 To Pursue A Career In Industry Is About To Graduate From Teesside UniversityPrint Page
Luke Gate, 26, from Hartlepool, qualified in Level 3 Electrical Installation after working with Hartlepool Borough Council
He left the world of industry and took a part-time job at Darlington College before becoming a full-time tutor and programme leader.
He said his career change had been a stroke of luck and a massive opportunity.
He is passionate about teaching and the prospects that Higher Education opens up to students.
“It was purely luck that I ended up at Darlington College but it has been the best possible move for me, and never for one minute when I left school did I think I would be in education and teaching.
“I absolutely love it and want to pursue my dream in education and hopefully encourage others to think about it. Part-time study is hard when you are working but it really pays off,” he said.
He is programme leader on the Level 3 Electrical Installation course which is a springboard for aspiring electricians looking for an apprenticeship in industry.
His two-year course is a classic combination of practical and theory, and is a great way of finding work in the electrical industry.
Luke studied for his Certificate in Education at the College as a student at night, taught by tutors Sam Eason and Stephen Capper, after a full day teaching.
“I would never have seen myself doing this but the opportunity came along and I feel very lucky to work here. I can’t wait for the Graduation event where I can share with my family the extra effort,” he said.
Lisa Bowerbank, Curriculum Manager for Construction, said the staff were proud of Luke’s achievements.
“Lots of students will be graduating here at the College but it’s always extra special when it’s a colleague and you can share that moment of pride with them,” she said.
The Graduation Ceremony will be held at the College on Haughton Road on Saturday January 30th.