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I have been Teaching and Lecturing Horticulture in a wide and diverse range of subject area specialisms. This includes, local authorities, health services, further education and currently the prison service. I also have experience of designing, building and managing the curriculum for 2 successful community farms. My particular specialism is teaching adults and children with learning disabilities which is of particular use within prison settings and the offenders.
Horticulture, Grounds Maintainence, Lecturer
Extensive experience of all aspects of Horticulture including Lecturing, project development and management. Following a succesful career in Lecturing, I am currently looking for a change in career direction that can fully utilise my extensive experience and qualifications.
Lecturer in Horticulture HMP Guys Marsh.
From April 2013
Lecturing City and Guilds level 1 and Level 2 certificates in practical Horticulture skills as part of the prison service offender rehabilitation programme. Working with a wide range of learners from entry level to degree level, often with associated dyslexia, dysphraxia or as English as a second language. This course currently has outstanding levels of retention and achievement.
Lecturer, PVP, Key skills and Horticulture. Farm manager.
The Bournemouth and Poole College
November 2006 - August 2012
Lecturing a range of subjects to students (16-18 age range), as part of a pre vocational course. Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Conservation, Horticulture, Independent living skills, Personal and Social development and Enrichment activities. Responsible for curriculum development and delivery of full time, level 1 and level 2, City and Guilds Horticulture courses (full time). Responsible for development and management of High Mead Community Farm. Development of organic practice, business partners and staffing of a range of students of varying abilities attending the farm for courses and day care. Development of livestock programme. (Farm closed as part of government cutbacks).
Technician (Horticulture) and day care site and provision manager.
Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust
June 1991 - October 2006
Employed in this position as a Technical Instructor in Horticulture. Teaching all aspects of horticulture to adults with severe learning disabilities/challenging behavior from semi-secure and secure units. This position involved designing, building and managing the project to incorporate soft landscaping, hard landscaping , nursery practice and maintenance. This included, managing a team of horticultural therapists, instructors and support staff with the intention of delivering identified training to individual students.
Charge Hand, Gardener Groundsman
Dorset County Council
August 1978 - December 1990
This position is where I was trained as a professional grounds man and learnt all of my horticultural skills. I was trained in hard landscaping, soft landscaping, sports ground planning/design/construction and maintenance. Horticultural nursery work producing/planting and maintaining, trees, shrubs and bedding. Repair and maintenance of a range of tools and powered equipment. During this employment I worked from trainee to charge hand.
Curriculum management, lecturing Horticulture
Extensive range of qualifications in Horticulture, Health and Social care, Catering and learning disabilities. I have a B.A. in education and the Level 3assessor award and level 4 I.V. Awards.
Qualifications & Certifications
BA Ed, DTTLS, PTTLS, KTTLS, Cert Ed,
University of Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole College,
Lytchett Minster Secondary Modern
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