Meet Our Support Team

At MTC Apprenticeships, we’re committed to supporting all our learners to fulfil their potential. As well as helping the next generation to gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours that they will need to be successful in their future careers, we also provide all kinds of extra assistance so that each and every learner is supported to overcome any challenges and to be the best that they can be.

Our fantastic support team is available to all learners throughout their journey with us – let’s meet the team!

Dave Lee – Quality Manager

Designated Safeguarding Lead, British Values and Prevent Lead and Quality Manager

Dave leads our team of Safeguarding Officers as well as our Prevent and British Values strategy to ensure that any vulnerable learners are protected from harm during their apprenticeship. He also oversees our quality processes, making sure that we’re continuously improving our programme and that any learner issues are resolved quickly and effectively.

When he’s not at work, Dave can either be found clocking up some more miles on his road bike, or getting stuck into a good box set on the telly. His claim to fame is once playing darts with the late Eric Bristow, and no surprise losing miserably!

Vicki Shaw – Apprentice Coordinator

Equality Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Officer and Female Support

In her ED&I role, Vicky is always on hand to provide support to any learners facing welfare issues, helping to ensure any extra needs are identified and fulfilled, and signposting helpful Information Advice and Guidance. As a Female Support, she is also available to help learners of any gender with topics or concerns that they would prefer to discuss with a female member of the team.

Outside the AMTC, Vicky keeps busy running ‘Mum’s Taxis’ for her three children. She loves baking cakes, a bit of running, and enjoying life with her family.

Nicola Stark – Apprentice Coordinator

Female Support, Safeguarding Officer and Wellbeing Champ

In her safeguarding role, Nicole is a first point of contact for anyone to report a safeguarding concerns, ensuring it escalated quickly and confidentially. As a Female Support, she provides assistance to learners of any gender who would prefer to discuss their matter with a female member of the team. Like all of our Wellbeing Champions, Nicola is a trained Mental Health First Aider, offering confidential conversations, support and access to additional guidance and resources for both learners and colleagues.

Away from work, Nicola spends most of her spare time with her children, usually running from dance lessons to football training with swimming lessons in between… and keeping her average steps well above 10k a day! She’s also recently joined the gym and is enjoying her classes even though she thinks they’ll be the end of her!

Matthew Bastock – AMTC Programme Manager

Safeguarding Officer, Male Support and Learner Forum Lead

Matt is often the first face to welcome our new apprentices to the training centre. As a Safeguarding Officer, he is available for the confidential and rapid escalation of any safeguarding concerns, and he’s also on hand as our Male Support for learners of any gender who would prefer to discuss any issues with a male member of the team. Matt also leads our Learner Forums, planning and chairing the sessions, and using learner feedback to shape our quality improvements.

In his spare time, he juggles parenthood and watching most sports (a dodgy knee now prevents participation!) Matt also represented his county, ‘the mighty Leicestershire Foxes’, at lawn green bowls at Under 25 and Senior level – he temporarily retired from the sport when his children came along but hopes to pick it back up in the future…

Lenka Edwards – Apprentice Trainer

English support

Lenka offers support for learners who need assistance with their written English, assessing literacy competency as well as helping people to develop new skills through practical exercises.

In her spare time, Lenka is an advocate for women who are afraid to speak out on personal issues and current affairs. She’s also in the process of setting up a blog that will serve as an open platform for women to come together talk about any personal affairs without the fear of being judged, share ideas and get advice and information from monthly guest speakers.

Alex Parkison – Apprentice Trainer

Maths support

Alex assists learners who need extra support with their Maths, assessing numeracy competency as well as encouraging the development of new numeracy skills through practical exercises.

Outside work, you can find him playing guitar, binge watching pop culture and channelling his competitive side through strategy and management games (Alex is the former president of his university’s gaming society!) He’s also a classic car enthusiast.

David Lewis – Apprentice Trainer

Maths support

David also provides support for those who need a boost with their Maths, assessing numeracy competency as well as helping learners to develop new numeracy skills through practical exercises.

Outside work, David swaps equations for scorecards, playing golf and rugby for his local teams.