Perhaps it’s the fact that Paul’s birthplace, Barrow in Furness, once in Lancashire is now in Cumbria, is the key to his well travelled career. From the shipyards of Barrow in Furness to post Gaddafi Libya via South African mines and Cable Laying ships there is a common theme when Paul talks and it is people. As he says “ I am fascinated by the prospect of the people I have yet to meet”.
An apprenticeship at Vickers Shipbuilding yard was Paul’s introduction to a career as an industrial electrician, working on submarines and surface ships. Here he completed his City and Guilds electrical certificate and was awarded his Full Technological certificate in electrical installation work. Building on his experience at Vickers there followed a series of increasingly responsible and challenging contracts in a gold South African mine and the Turkish Karakaya Hydro electric scheme.
When family responsibilities demanded Paul started working nearer to home. While working for Glaxo at Ulverston Paul started working part time at night school teaching electrical apprentices. Finding it a great fit he obtained his Certificate of Adult Education. However before long he returned to a a wide ranging succession of contracts in Sakhalin Island, Norway, Sweden, Finland and on a cable laying ship out of Gdansk and Rostock. Typically Paul finished his overseas contracts with a year in post Gaddafi Libya training electrical apprentices in the Sahara.
This is the long and winding road that has led Paul to joining the Tinson Training team and sharing his expertise with new groups of ‘ he has yet to meet’.