With more than twenty years' experience in the education sector,
John Proctor, 43, from Atherton in Manchester, has held previous
positions including an advisor for Blackburn with Darwen Council
(BwDC), where he worked with educational institutions to ensure
quality learning was delivered to young people in the borough.
Prior to his advisory role at BwDC, John was a senior leader at
a school in Wigan and held posts as head of mathematics and ICT in
other schools in the region.
John was appointed by Visions Learning Trust following a role as
curriculum advisor at Blackburn-based training provider, Training
2000. He will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the UTC,
based at Victoria Mill on Trafalgar Street, Burnley, to ensure that
young people leave the UTC with the qualifications and skills they
need to maximise their career potential.
He will also liaise with the VLT's employer partners, including
leading firms such as Rolls Royce, Chubb and Fort Vale, to develop
and facilitate employer-led projects, a main aim of the UTC's
"I am delighted to be given this fantastic opportunity and I am
thoroughly looking forward to working closely with managing
director (principal designate), Martin Callagher, to provide local
young people with learning that meets the needs of employers," said
"Our vision is to bridge the gap between education and business
and we will be leading the way on innovative learning in Pennine
Lancashire. It will be my job to guarantee that Visions Learning
Trust matches and exceeds the quality of education for young people
and that they leave the UTC equip for the world of work.
"My role will also be to ensure we inspire learners who may be
having difficulties in traditional education settings to achieve.
Visions Learning Trust will provide opportunities for those young
people to invent solutions to employer-posed problems and for the
gifted and talented to work innovatively as they strive to become
the engineering and construction leaders of tomorrow."
John, who is originally from Leeds, is married with two
daughters in high-school and is a keen musician and a former
musical director for the local theatre group. John said he hopes to
use his musical talents to inspire other youngsters at the UTC.
"I play the organ and the keyboard and have the ambition to
start a Rock School in the UTC - I'm already planning our first gig
for summer 2014! We have an exciting programme of enrichment
activities for all our learners and we have recently partnered with
Burnley FC to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh's Award."
Steve Gray, chief executive at Training 2000, lead sponsors of
Visions Learning Trust, added: "The operations director role is
vital to the success of the UTC and it was important that the right
person was appointed.
"After a very thorough process, I am really pleased that we have
been able to appoint someone of John's calibre who will bring
enthusiasm, knowledge and a wealth of educational experience to
deliver the high expectations for the UTC."
Combining traditional education programmes with employer-led
technical training, Visions Learning Trust will focus on developing
the high skills levels required by employers in the engineering,
advanced manufacturing and construction industries.
Development and conversion of the historic Victoria Mill in
Burnley is being undertaken by Nelson-based Barnfield Construction
in a joint venture with Burnley Borough Council. The facility will
be fully operational by August 2013.