Ben Mills – Managing Director

I have a passion for watching others succeed and being able to be a part of a young person’s journey to adulthood.

Developing young people aged 14 to adulthood, throughout our pathway to employment, demonstrates to all that anything is possible… 


My role within this company is to help inspire and motivate individuals who may not believe they are able to succeed in attaining their dreams.  I gain great satisfaction in watching anyone succeed and feel a sense of pride when I have been able to contribute to their journey.

I set out to lead/inspire a staff team to share this passion and assist more young people to achieve the impossible!!!

Becky Mills – Director of Operations

We, as a company do this to develop the minds of young people and help them to progress with their goals and ambitions…

I do this to help identify my strengths and weaknesses in order to learn and progress myself.  This then assists in the development of my team which in turn develops young minds… but most importantly the development of the company!

Kevin Davison – Director of Training

We do this job to give people a second chance, and help young people that would not or do not fit in with main stream colleges.  We offer opportunities to anyone who needs help to get on the construction ladder, starting at the bottom and, with our help, making it to the top.

I do this job to pass on my skills and knowledge to young people that normally would not be given the chance to learn at a main stream college.  I always want what’s best for my learners and try and make them better than the tradesmen they work with.

Michael Beecher – Construction Manager

As a person that has always aspired to become successful I have made the most of every opportunity given, rather in sport or within career prospects.

I do this job because I am passionate about transforming an individual’s wellbeing and lifestyle and to offer a career pathway that is prosperous and life changing.  Furthermore I do this job because I don’t see it as work; I see it as an opportunity to develop interpersonally and academically.

I’m here because I feel I can make a difference and offer a unique skill set to develop the company and guide the youth of today into sustainable careers.

 ‘Success is a measurement of determination to achieve’- M Beecher

Mark Benson, Carpentry & Joinery Trainer / Assessor / IQA

I frequently ask myself why I do this job!  It can be littered with bad moments/situations and you never really switch off.  The negative aspects can affect you mentally for a day, week or sometimes a month, but that one positive account where you feel you contribute to a learner’s development in their life journey, no matter how small it may be, lasts you a life time.

Luke Wells – Construction Tutor

I do this job to pass on knowledge and to help others who wish to go into a career in this industry and help them to progress in future life.  It helps with their confidence in themselves and helps them believe they can achieve what they want to achieve in life.

Nikki Hartley – Functional Skills & Employability Tutor

I love my job and enjoy coming to work.

I like to see people who think they can’t do anything with their life be given the chance to achieve something and to make something of themselves.  If it’s not the place for them we help them to get where they need to be.

I always tell them ‘we can give you the knowledge and teach you the skills you need to succeed what we can’t give you is the desire and the hunger to want it, that has to come from you’.

I think my position, and opinion, within OTE is respected (at times).  I would like to see the company go forward and succeed in new ventures and open up areas of training to other people within the local communities, and possibly wider.

Victoria Wilson – Learner & Employer Engagement Co-ordinator

I am passionate and motivated to assisting young people and helping them to reach their full potential.  My passion lies with watching young people achieve and knowing I have been a part of that journey.

I enjoy working alongside of our construction business network and assisting the joining of a future partnership between learner and employer.

Duane Hood – Lead Pre 16 Construction Tutor

I am passionate about teaching as I believe knowledge is power and I feel that it is my obligation to pass on my experience and knowledge.  I am willing to teach anyone, no matter of age, sex, or abilities. 

I believe everyone has a right to learn, and that we can all learn from each other.  Although my students learn from me, I also learn from them and every day we all learn something new, and I love being a part of that process. 

I believe that everyone has a right to better themselves no matter what their circumstances.  There is always someone less fortunate than us and we have the ability to help them, and teaching is one of the many ways that we can help. 

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Steve Dobson – Construction Tutor 

Working with a great team at Orchard Training and Education enables me to pass on my life skills and knowledge of construction to my learners.  I enjoy passing that lifetime worth of skills and experience on to my learners.

I have a passion for promoting Equality and Diversity and embedding new and important life skills.  I believe that every day is an opportunity for everyone to learn something new, be it as a tutor or a learner, we all learn together.

Ray Shreeve – Workshop Tutor Suport