A FORMER Royal Marine from Redditch is now preparing students for a future career in the military and public services at Stratford-upon-Avon College.
Oliver Wilkins now lectures in Uniformed Public Services, fulfilling his dream of inspiring young learners.
The 35-year-old spent most of his teenage years as a military cadet before spending six years in the marines and two on the reserves list, during which time he was promoted to Lance Corporal.
He then spent three years as a Military Cadet Instructor on a voluntary basis, training 13 to 18-year-olds in military skills in a style similar to the Public Services course he now teaches, which reinforced his keen interest in lecturing.
“Six years ago I set out on a mission to become a qualified lecturer. Public Service lecturing has always been my passion and goal,” he said.
In 2010 he completed his first teacher training course, and achieved his goal by gaining a part-time lecturing post in the Further Education sector in 2014.
The college will begin running classes from Meon Vale Leisure Centre this month, which will be very similar to the military.
“We will be in a position to run even more practical-based sessions. This will bring the physical rigour of the training our students receive even more in line with military practice.
“I don’t just paint a rosy picture – I tell them the facts of military life. I’ve got a responsibility to tell them the truth about what they will be signing up to.
“I try to show the positive and the negatives,” he said.