High-flying father and son thank Hartlepool college for their success

GOING PLACES: Paul and Adam Dees with Hartlepool College of Further Education principal Darren Hankey (right) next to an engine from a Boeing 747 wide-bodied long-haul airliner, donated by Rolls-Royce.
GOING PLACES: Paul and Adam Dees with Hartlepool College of Further Education principal Darren Hankey (right) next to an engine from a Boeing 747 wide-bodied long-haul airliner, donated by Rolls-Royce.
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A HIGH-FLYING father and son say they have their college education to thank for their career success.

Paul Dees and his son Adam, from the Belle Vue area of town, say if it wasn’t for Hartlepool College of Further Education they wouldn’t be where they are today.

Adam, 20, studied a Level 3 national diploma in aerospace engineering from 2009-2011 and just three years later, he is now working as an aircraft mechanic with British Airways in Heathrow and living in London.

After his course he completed a foundation degree at Newcastle Aviation Academy and is now part of a team that works in Heathrow’s “casualty unit” where anything that has gone wrong with any of the Boeing 747, 777 and 787 long-haul planes gets fully explored.

The former English Martyrs student said: “Hartlepool College gave me the grounding in aerospace engineering which has enabled me to achieve a place with British Airways when there were hundreds of applicants for my role.

“Thanks to Yan Founde and the college I hope to stay with BA for the foreseeable future and if my journey can inspire anyone in the town then it has all been worthwhile.”

Dad Paul is now a successful manager with global plant hire company VP plc with a base in Durham.

Paul, who has worked for Volvo, started at the college in 2003 and was taught by Darren Hankey, now the college’s principal, who was then a management lecturer.

He progressed to complete the full MBA in management studies before his 40th birthday in 2008.