Say hello to our friendly team

We believe that thriving staff create a thriving work environment, benefiting all of our students.

Say hello to the people that make it possible!

Martin Grayston

Martin GraystonNick name: ‘Boss’.

Teaches: I’m the Manager of the centre and I also teach Bricklaying, Health and Safety & CSCS card.

How long have you been at PVC? Since the centre opened on 2nd Feb 2009.

Best thing about working at PVC? Everyday is different. It’s really rewarding when you see students gaining confidence, progressing towards a positive outcome. I also have a fantastic team.

One interesting fact about me: I once climbed to Everest ‘Basecamp’ which is over 17,000 ft high.

Kerry Stevens

Nick name: Kes  Kerry Stevens photo

Teaches: I’m the Business Support Officer

How long have you been at PVC? Since 3rd September 2018

Best thing about working at PVC? It’s a friendly and positive environment with loads of energy.  I really enjoy meeting the students and watching them develop and grow every day.    

One interesting fact about me: I completed a full marathon on roller boots. .

 

Daniel Whalley

Nickname: BaldyPhotograph of Daniel Whalley

Teaches: Plumbing and Building Maintenance

How long have you been at PVC: Since 8th January 2018

Career before working at PVC:  I did a 3 year carpentry and joinery apprenticeship. I spent one year as a qualified Joiner on domestic and commercial sites across Lancashire. I then worked as a self-employed Dry Liner building metal partitions and ceilings on commercial sites across the country.

Beat thing about PVC: The fantastic team and watching the students grow in confidence.

One interesting fact about me: I played ice hockey till I was 15 and I am also a qualified FA football coach and manage a team..

Mark Bench

Mark Bench photoFavourite phrase: Life's about choices

Teaches: Plastering as a main trade and covers all other trades including Health and Safety, CSCS Card trainingPlastering as a main trade and covers all other trades including Health and Safety, CSCS Card training

How long have you been at PVC? Since November 2011 

Best thing about working at PVC? The fantastic team of staff and watching the students progression in skills and life

One interesting fact about me: I served in the British Army (The Queens Lancashire Regiment) for 10 years all over the world and loved every minute of it.

Andy Melling

 

Teaches: Plastering solid, Fibrous plastering, Damp proofing, Building maintenance, Health & safety and manual handling.Andy melling photo

How long have you been at PVC? Six years

Best thing about PVC? It gives the students that attend PVC a second chance at education no matter what their background, circumstances or past history. This helps develop their personal and employability skills, to gain the confidence they need to achieve a good career in the construction industry, or other sectors for them to succeed in the future.       

One interesting fact about me: Other than my obsession for football. I have a great interest in carp fishing, my record common carp is 50lb and my record catfish is a hoofing 100lb! 

Nigel Tomlinson

Nick name: NidgeNigel Tomlinson

Teaches: Painting and Decorating. 

How long have you been at PVC? Four years. 

Best thing about working at PVC? Changing students' lives

One interesting fact about me: I once flew a helicopter.

Brian Hall

Nick name: BriBrian Picture

Teaches: Bricklaying, CSCS training, Health and Safety training and Plumbing.

How long have you been at PVC? I started in 2015.

Best thing about working at PVC? Seeing students going to construction.

One interesting fact about me: Once had a shark knock a camera out of my hand while filming.