Falmouth Marine School, Cornwall’s only specialist college in marine vocational courses, is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Taylor as its new Head of Campus.
Steve has worked in education for more than 26 years, bringing a wealth of experience to the role. He will focus on ensuring a quality learner experience while building on the College’s reputation for career-focused courses.
“I have a very clear and obvious passion for the marine sector and I firmly believe that it is essential to ensure that our curriculum provision is in line with what the industry needs to benefit our students,” he said.
“This is a great time to join our career-focused college as we have the very latest City and Guilds qualifications and will be developing new courses for September 2020 starts. My goal is to have students understand, learn and achieve in a vibrant and inspiring environment.”
Steve’s experience in marine based industries will help ensure the college remains a leading provider of post 16 options, ranging from Boatbuilding to Marine Engineering and Marine Biology.
Kate Wills, The Cornwall College Group’s Vice Principal Quality & Curriculum, said everyone was “delighted Steve will be leading this fantastic college”.
“We know his vast experience in working with learners and apprentices will have a positive impact,” she continued.
“Steve has already spent six years with Falmouth Marine School and he took on the role of acting head of campus with great enthusiasm and dedication. This appointment benefits existing and future learners at a very exciting time for this very special college. ”
Steve’s career began as a boatbuilding apprentice, after which he delivered water and land-based sports programmes.
He then progressed to study a degree in Yacht Manufacture and Surveying; during which time he visited Australia and New Zealand looking at their Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATA) to gain an understanding of how they worked.
He was then employed by Paragon Skills for Industry in Dorset who held the training contract for Sunseeker International, where he worked with boatbuilding apprentices, helping to develop their own apprenticeship programme.
“I get a great satisfaction from passing on skills to others and seeing personal development,” Steve explained.
“I’ve been very lucky to have a career in an industry I care about. I have worked as a yacht and small craft surveyor and attended Falmouth Marine School as a mature student to study Marine Engineering.
Steve has managed his own business offering refits and renovations of yachts and small marine craft and over the years has built strong links with other educational partners within Cornwall and Devon.
He is also a proactive member on the training committee of British Marine who are the trade association for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, as well as being involved with The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) based in London, where he is leading on their End Point Assessment programme.
Moving forward in his new role, Steve is keen to further develop relationships with local schools and raise the profile of the college to a wider audience. This to be done through the colleges dedicated schools liaison and marketing team.
“I’m always looking to inspire future marine biologists, marine engineers and boatbuilders by showcasing our amazing range of courses and there is no better local specialist college than ours to help boost young people’s careers,” Steve added.