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Mike Abel

Mike didn’t enjoy school, his talents for engines, making things and music were ignored and he quickly became disengaged. After a brief period pursuing his passion for music (including four albums and a world tour) Mike headed back into education, this time taking up a place at Hull College on a carpentry and joinery course.

He hasn’t looked back. As a student he achieved the highest marks in his year and was crowned Student of the Year, two years running. Mike returned to the college as a Workshop Technician. With his new found love of learning he continued to rack up the qualifications, including a BA in Education from Huddersfield University, and after roles as a Training Support Officer and a Tutor, Mike is now Curriculum Leader for the Carpentry and Joinery department at the college.

Mike is also a qualified Advanced Teaching & Learning Coach for the college delivering development sessions to staff across the college and a member of the Hull College Teaching & Learning Quality Improvement Committee and STEM steering groups. He shares his experience and knowledge of best practice regularly and has presented at Leeds Metropolitan University and at the HE&FE Teaching Conference Olympia.

In the last few years alone Mike has won a TES Award for Outstanding use of Technology in FE, the ALT Digital Practitioner Award and a Pearson Teaching Award. He has also been nominated for the TES Outstanding Commitment to Teaching and Learning Award, Digital Practitioner Award and Teaching Practitioner of the Year and an AoC Gold Award.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Mike is currently working towards an HNC in Construction. He says:

‘It is really important that young people are encouraged to pursue their ambitions, whatever they are, and good careers advice is essential to this. Many people aren’t suited to head straight into the academic world but that doesn’t mean they won’t ever be, it’s just finding and following the right path for you. I think Career Footsteps is great as it is vital that young people know all their options and can make informed decisions.’