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What do I do now ?


I have been in the Hotel/Resort Industry for 35 Years from Management Trainee to Regional Manager/Group Director involved in all aspects of the business. Pre-opening,management contracting,purchasin,and designing Properties from 50 to 650 Rooms, with full facilities including Casinos etc.

I am now in the position where some time in the near future I would like to pass on the knowledge when I return to UK by way of becoming a trainer or teacher. I have taught at Adult Education night-school School in USA and found that I was able to follow the written text of the courses with real experiences that made it enjoyable for both students and myself,but no formal teaching qualifiation was required.
Is there some niche for a 54 year old that I could prepare for now for my eventual return.


3 Responses

  1. Associate trainers
    We use the services of over 45 trainers who run their own freelance businesses and can offer skills to us. Age is not relevant to us just the ability to inspire and enable our students to have loads of fun whilst training.

    We offer training across a number of occupational sectors. If you would like more information about the requirements then let us know on [email protected] or visit our web site on

    Best of luck

  2. Colleges of FE
    Many colleges of Further Education will take on experienced people such as yourself to do part time lecturing – although increasingly they look for you to pick up a teaching qualification alongside this, for which most offer support. There are a number of agencies in the UK which can help place you, or approach the colleges direct.

    A common scheme used is the City and Guilds 7307, which is a vocational programme using your actual teaching and actual courses as the baseline of assessment – so the extra work required is not immense. I did it a few years ago and found it hugely rewarding.

    Or as the previous respondent picked up, there are a range of private training providers who would jump at the opportunity to use the skills you have developed.

    You may well find coming back to the UK an ‘interesting experience’. I came here 12 years ago, and it has taken me that long to get used to the place.

    David C Nicoll
    [email protected]

  3. Suggestion
    Good morning.
    If you have definitely decided on the trainer route there are a couple of ideas already. What about considering specialist business support? The hospitality industry is in the doldrums and has poor press mainly due to the business not being run as well as it could be. Could your experience place you well for assisting these businesses and develop better practice.
    There are several “consultancies” that you could approach – or check out areas such as DTI Benchmarking – hospitality benchmark being developed. The organisation that runs the project for DTI (Small Business Service) is WInning Moves on 01782 371800.
    Good luck. REgards Ellie


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