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Matt Gardner

Operations Manager

Matt was a HETA apprentice in the 1990's and after spells as an engineer, instructor and centre manager, now holds the position of Operations Manager

Matt was a manufacturing apprentice in HETA’s Hull site during the 1994/5 training year. He completed his apprenticeship at De Smet Rosedowns one of the oldest manufacturing companies in the UK. After working for several companies around Hull he returned to HETA in 2006 to become a Machining and CAD Design Instructor.

After 2 successful years as an Instructor Matt was lucky enough to earn a promotion to workshop manager of HETA’s new venture with TATA Steel (Then Corus) in Scunthorpe. He project managed the implementation of a new training workshop within one of TATA’s old unused Steel Mill’s and the conversion of a neighbouring workshop into a suite of classrooms as well as working with the HETA management team to recruit and train a full new team of Instructors.

In 2010, after 2 successful years in Scunthorpe, Matt got the opportunity to return to his home town of Hull as workshop manager of the main site after the departure of a colleague and got involved with the many new projects on behalf of HETA, from Renewable Energy apprenticeships to training foreign nationals to help other nations grow their own engineering talent to the installation of 200 solar panels on the main workshop roof. As well as overseeing the expansion of the main site to accommodate 150+ Learners on a daily basis by 2014.

More recently, in a re-structure of the Management team at HETA, Matt has been promoted to Operations Manager and is now responsible for maintaining standards, managing projects & new business across all 3 of HETA’s sites around the Humber working directly with the centre Managers. The first piece of work in his few short months at the role has been too tender, win, successfully plan and deliver a contract to train 18 apprentices for a national company from HETA’s brand new site in Scunthorpe.