New career development

Graham Plant, the new Business Development Manager at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Graham Plant, the new Business Development Manager at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

A COLLEGE’s new business development manager will be working with some old faces when he takes up his role at a flagship £53m campus.

Graham Plant is well-known in the the Tees Valley industrial sector having worked in apprenticeship training and employer engagement for more than 25 years and in that time he has worked in partnership with employers to set up hundreds of apprenticeships.

One former apprentice of Graham’s is Michael Casey, current head of school for engineering at Hartlepool College, who was once a fresh-faced trainee for the Port Authority (now PD Ports).

Mr Casey said: “It’s superb Graham has joined us at Hartlepool College, we have worked together recently on collaborative apprenticeship programmes in his previous role and I never fail to remind him of my ‘fitter of the year award’ back when I was a first year trainee.”

Like Mr Casey, Mr Plant started employment at 16 as an apprentice fitter for British Steel in Stockton and progressed onto the process side of the industry as a production supervisor.

Moving into training in the 1980s, Mr Plant has worked as an engineering skills manager and more recently as an employer engagement leader working with companies across the Tees Valley and County Durham to encourage and support apprenticeship employment.

Mr Plant said: “I’m very excited to be part of Hartlepool College and its approach to engineering skills training.

“I’m frankly staggered by the new college and the investment into engineering.

“I feel like I know the college very well from my previous role and I’m delighted to be working with the team here and the college’s many employer partners.”

Hartlepool College has the largest apprenticeship contract in Tees Valley and County Durham and is currently recruiting for its employer partners.

The new campus will open in September.

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