Duncan Kidson

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Academic Quality Manager

I started my career in training young people with a Road Transport Industry Training Board Group Training Association in the north of England over 25 years ago. Since then I have been involved with N/SVQ's from their introduction, when I was part of the committee writing the national standards for Heavy Goods Vehicle Repair.

In 1997 I joined General Motors Vauxhall College as an apprentice technical training officer with responsibility for launching the Vauxhall Motors Modern Apprenticeship Programme in the north of England, Scotland & Northern Ireland. This involved setting up a regional training centre in Middlesbrough, recruiting and training young apprentice motor engineers from the North and Scotland.

I moved to Shetland and joined NAFC in 2001. I strongly believe in good old fashioned practical skills training being the foundation on which to build for any entrant to the Industry, no matter where, or how high up the ladder their future careers may take them. Unlike many colleges, I have seen the workshop side develop and student numbers increase in the last 4 years. Along with this, more of our students are finding jobs as many local employers have recognised these young people have immediate useful skills.

Nowadays, I have more of an administrative role but can still wield a spanner or a file when required, and enjoy passing on skills to our Engineers of the future.