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Stephen Manning

Work Based Assessor - Engineering

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What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I have been a WBL NVQ Assessor specialising in Aeronautical Engineering, Rail Traction & Rolling Stock, General Engineering and Leadership & Management for over 6 years with Coleg y Cymoedd.

What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

Beating cancer has to be up there but my greatest achievement is winning the Coleg y Cymoedd Service Excellence Award in 2015. I am very humbled to have been considered for such a prestigious award let alone win it.

Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

I achieved a boyhood dream of joining the Royal Air Force as an Airframe Mechanic at the very young age of 16. This led to a career in the aircraft industry over 40+ years. From a humble Aircraft Mechanic to Production Manager in a challenging and demanding aircraft maintenance environment, I’ve enjoyed it all. There have been many highs and lows throughout my career but I always maintain a strong sense of positivity. I have been lucky to meet some amazing people some of whom are now my best friends.

Tell us about your qualifications

I have City & Guilds in Aeronautical Engineering, Certificates in Leadership & Management IOSH Managing Safely in the workplace, TAQA NVQ Level 3.

Something interesting about you

I have such a wide range of interests but a particular interest at the moment is the environment and how I can make a difference. This came about after a lifesaving operation and treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. I feel I have been given a second chance in life, therefore learning about all the new “green” technology that is coming into our everyday lives will help me to do “my bit”.  It’s all really fascinating and happening faster than people think. Having bought an electric car, it’s the best thing ever and makes me realise we should have done this a long time ago.

Another passion of mine is growing roses and sitting in the garden admiring all the different colours and fragrances.

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