CableCom Staff Profiles
Meet the CableCom Team
Tony Horridge – Managing Director
Tony Horridge was appointed Managing Director in 2010. Tony is responsible for the day to day management of the business as well as setting the vision and strategy of the company.
“As Managing Director it's my job to make sure that all students who attend our training packages have a fabulous learning experience here and leave with qualifications which provide great opportunities for living a happy, prosperous and sustainable life.. It's also my job to ensure that the employers we work with know that we will provide them with the specific skills to ensure that their staff are well trained and able to add value to the business'. ‘Finally it's my job to ensure that we are accessible to all and that we deliver our services with excellence”.
Sean Ratchford – Company Director
Sean has been a company director of CableCom for 10 years and enjoys working along with the telecoms training team and passing on his extensive knowledge of the telecommunications industry to both colleagues and learners alike. Through his enthusiastic, hands-on approach, Sean ensures all practical workshop activities are lively practical and informative.
Chris Duffield – Quality & Improvements Manager
24 years experience in further & higher education including 17 years education management experience gained in the UK and abroad. Responsible for overseeing all aspects of company quality and the design, development and delivery of new programmes. Consultant to regional training providers in the implementation of QCF framework and delivery of national workshops in IAG.
Michael Jamieson – Operations Manager
15 years experience in the security industry and well qualified to deliver underpinning knowledge and the practical aspects of installing, maintaining and servicing electronic security equipment Assesses apprentices and learners in the workplace to ensure compliance with industry guidelines and assess professional competencies.
Geoff Wilson – Training Centre Manager
A specialist on the full range of telecommunications courses: Apprenticeships, Fibre and Data and in the design, development and delivery of bespoke training to the wider telecommunications industries. An expert in ICT who provides on-going support to the company infrastructure and ICT networks.
Bob Waterhouse – Quality Co-ordinator
Has over 20 years experience in the delivery of learner and staff qualifications. Responsible for overseeing the quality of all qualifications and their delivery. Co-ordinates and procures continual professional development for all staff and liaises with employers and learners in the workplace. Dedicated to ensuring a quality service across all training programmes and to implement a standardised approach to quality assurance.
Leanne is a fully qualified teacher in the lifelong learning sector and is responsible for the delivery of all Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT. Her teaching experience has been focussed on adult literacy and numeracy and making learning relevant to learners’ chosen vocations and backgrounds. Leanne also has a vast amount of experience in supporting the unemployed in getting back into work and can offer guidance on employability and work skills to all of our learners.
In her role as Functional Skills tutor, Leanne also supports apprentices that are out on site and is available to offer one to one support for all learners.
Donna Fraser – Office Manager
Responsible for the effective and efficient running of all administrative procedures, collation of company statistics, enrolment, funding mechanisms, correspondence, MAYTAS and administrative staff.
Joanne Scott – Apprenticeship Coordinator
Responsible for ensuring all paperwork and administration for the smooth running of apprenticeship programmes is in place. Deals with course enquiries and administers the National Apprenticeship website. Engaged in the graphic design and publication of company promotional materials, booklets and course documentation.
Philippa Griffiths – Administrator
Front of house administrator, responsible for meeting and greeting clients, learners and conference delegates and the booking, organizing of conferencing facilities and catering to meet client needs. Responsible for the administration of the 'Career Transition Partnership' liaison with RFEA centres and distribution of documentation to regional and national centres.
Philippa also deals with SPA – Processing paperwork in order to receive safety passports, CTP – Taking enquiries for Armed forces service leaders/following them up and arranging meetings/training with them and colleagues and Conferencing – Dealing with bookings and requests ensuring the day runs smoothly.
John Trattles – Examinations Officer, IT support and Trainer
Specializes in setting up online testing for learners across the country and ensures a smooth transition from paper based assessment to electronic assessment; also a tutor in telecommunications and workshop facilitation with both employed and unemployed learners. Ensures the smooth running and diagnostic analysis of all ICT equipment, computers etc. within the company.
25 years experience in voice and data telecommunications both Military and Civilian. A qualified and experienced tutor, assessor and internal verifier. Responsible for the delivery of our telecommunication courses and mentoring apprentices in the work place to support both the apprentices and their parent companies, leading to the successful completion of their apprenticeship.
Kevin Wilson – Tutor in Telecommunications
Kevin has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience through 15 years in the telecommunications industry and has developed these skills to become a very competent tutor and assessor. Kevin takes a blended approach to teaching to meet the requirements of the industry against the needs of the learner.
Stuart Anderson – Telcommunications Tutor
Stuart is a full time tutor for our telecommunication courses, ensuring an appropriate mentoring scheme is implemented to support all learners towards the successful completion of their course; delivers all aspects of practical telecommunications training in the workshops.
Michael Hare – Tutor in Telecommunications
15 years experience in the telecoms industry. A qualified and experienced tutor and assessor of apprentices in the work place and for ensuring an appropriate mentoring scheme is implemented to support all learners towards the successful completion of their course; delivers all aspects of practical telecommunications training in the workshops.
Peter Gibbons - Tutor in Telecommunications
A fully qualified data/telecoms/fibre/CCNA and SQA engineer. Evolved from telecoms copper cabling with Plessey in 1970’s to present systems. Supported R&D projects all around Europe particularly automobile, telecoms and mobile phone printed circuit board technology, ie how to make smaller, lighter, design and manufacturing assembly.
Kyle Foy – Training Support Assistant
Since finishing my apprenticeship with cablecom I am now a teaching support assistant and I am involved in helping to teach out the telecoms courses. I am hoping to start getting my teaching qualificatons and work towards becoming a tutor at cablecom.
After finishing my Apprenticeship in telecomunications with Cablecom, I have became a telecoms technician. I also help to ensure that all tools and equipment are stored away and working correctly. In the near future I am hoping to further my knowledge in the telecoms sector by gaining more practical experience through Cablecom.
After completing my Apprenticeship with CableCom in October I have taken on the role of teaching support assistant. I am currently developing my knowledge in the blown fibre areas of telecomunications and will hopefully go on to gain enough experience to become a tutor.
After successfully completing his apprenticeship, Sean is now a valued member of our team at the Hartlepool site. Sean is responsible for supporting the telecommunications tutors in the every day delivery of courses and can offer insight and advice to learners about how the course has helped him. Sean enjoys working with the new apprentices, guiding them in completing tasks to a high standard. Sean believes his apprenticeship has given him a great insight into the telecommunications industry and is confident in offering advice to all new learners.
After the two weeks of the work skills course I believe it has helped me gain some valuable skills required in the work place environment. Many of which I am now trying to use in my current role as an apprentice for CableCom.
After my first two weeks as an apprentice for CableCom I have gained allot of knowledge about the two types of data mediums used in telecommunications industry. I have had no problems so far.
During the 2 weeks i spent doing the work skills course with CableCom i learned a lot about how any company operates and how it uses policies and procedures. My problem solving skills have improved a lot and i now know the best way to solve them and how to go about it. The help given was extremely beneficial. Im happy i joined it, ive met some good people and look forward to working with them. All the guys who are unemployed who come through this course will learn a lot and also how to prepare yourself for an interview and what to do in an interview.
What I enjoyed about the course is the fact that I got to interact with people I do not know and build friendships with them in order to be able to work with them successfully. It also did build my confidence when speaking aloud and give me. I found the course enjoyable and fun and it was very beneficial to me. It can help unemployed people because it gives them the skills needed to be able to work successfully in a team and also the opportunity to learn how to dress and make yourself look presentable. It can help them because it shows you how to look for a job, how to apply for a job and also how to prep yourself for an interview as well as taking part in one.
So far in our apprenticeship we have learnt much of the copper practical and theory. We have learnt how to complete and test a master socket, how to wire a krone block and one and two pair presentations. We have been split into two classes of copper and fibre and it will keep going for 12 weeks.
I found the work skills course to be encouraging and got me enthusiastic about the work. In this course we were put in groups to complete various tasks which got us all to work as a team and get to know each other. This would help the unemployed as it will change their attitude towards work.
So far I have thoroughly enjoyed the apprenticeship. We have been split up into two groups, one of 3 and one of 2. I have found the practical enjoyable and quite straight forward.
I found the work skills course very engaging. There wasn’t a times where I was sat there thinking ‘What’s the point?’. We interacted and met new people while working together to overcome difficult, but enthralling challenges.
The skills learned from the course are some of the best transferable skills a person can have for looking for jobs. You learn the importance of covering letters as well as learn how to improve your own CV. You learn to work in teams, how to communicate while in these teams and solve any problems which occur with ease. You become more confident when speaking in front of groups. All in all, everything you learn of the Work Skills Course can improve your chances of finding a job, and also, improve you as a worker.
So far in our apprenticeship we have learnt much of the copper practical and theory. We have learnt how to complete and test a master socket, how to wire a krone block and one
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