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At Clifford College it is paramount that all trainers are up to date with industry changes and where possible can carry on being active in the job role of an electrician. We believe this stands us apart from colleges and other training companies who employ retired electricians no longer working within the industry anymore. As we have all worked in the contracting industry we are used to working long hours and weekends and thrive from hard work.


David BarlowDavid Barlow MBE


Born in Chester, David was educated at Chester Grammar School and holds an MBA, MSc and MA. In 2010 David was invited to join Summit Skills, the Government standards setting organisation for the Building Services Industry that works to develop and maintain standards, qualifications and apprenticeships for the UK. He is an Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service, advising employers of the benefits of training and employing young people across the North West, and promoting the advantages of apprenticeships within a National Ambassador Network. As a Director of Clifford College he has spearheaded the growth of four academies, and as well as training the trainers, is currently personally involved in training over 120 apprentices. He has won over 20 major accolades in the past five years and David has been received at Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, championing skills opportunities for young people. He is a three times winner of the National Apprenticeship Awards. David has recently received the High Sheriff of Cheshire Award 2017 for Outstanding Contribution to the Economy of Cheshire and the Business Community. He has also won the Cheshire Business Person of the Year 2015 Award, to complement his Cheshire Business Leaders Award in 2013. Recently David has been awarded an MBE for his contribution to apprenticeships. He has for many years encouraged other businesses to give young people a chance through different apprenticeships.


Richard SandsRichard Sands


Richard started his career with Barlows Electrical in 1999 completing an apprenticeship with the company learning the industry skills to progress. He qualified as an electrician and went on to complete the 2391 testing and inspection course within the first year of qualifying. He then went on to join a company who specialised in High voltage and low voltage cable jointing. Richard learnt valuable skills about the network and distribution. In 2010 Richard became a qualified gas engineer and was gas safe registered to provide a reactive maintenance of electrical and gas faults. Richard joined the training team in 2012 and has since qualified as an Assessor and IQA. During the time within the training he has worked on call outs and has recently took on a project of wiring a new training centre in Shropshire. Richard now has taken a role of Centre Co-ordinator and now looks forward to the next chapter within the companies growth.


Derek PartonDerek Parton


Derek trained as an electrical technician apprentice in the Royal Navy developing extensive knowledge of power generation, distribution and protection through to electronic control of anti-aircraft missile systems.  On leaving the Royal Navy, Derek pursued a career in the electrical and electronic industries gaining knowledge of electrical installations in industrial, commercial and domestic premises combined with extensive travel in Europe and the UK.  Derek changed his career path in 1998 when he joined Shrewsbury College as an electrical/electronic technician.  This developed into a study program to gain a teaching qualification together with assessor and quality assurance qualifications.  Derek has gained experience in electrical installation delivery at various establishments and is currently training apprentices at sites in Telford, Shrewsbury and Malpas.  Derek is named person for quality co-ordination of Clifford College training programmes.


Thomas PritchardThomas Pritchard


Tom also started his career with Barlows UK Ltd and has qualified as an electrician and worked mainly with the testing section of Barlows. His work mainly consisted of completing Conditional reports to a high standard and travelled around the North west. Tom joined the training team in October 2015 and has qualified as an Assessor and has developed his training over the past few years. Tom now has started training TETRA courses exclusively for Barlows Uk ltd and runs these single handedly. Tom is working at training all of the apprentices at the Manchester Training Centre and has thrived with this opportunity.