Published onAugust 6 2019
In our 'Spotlight on a Specialist' feature, we get the answers to some of the questions you might have about life as a Lantra Instructor.
Find out about Padraig Healy's experience in his career as an Instructor.
What made you decide to consider a career as an Instructor?
The days of being an owner operator were coming to an end and I wanted a change from operating. I enjoyed operating but needed more of a challenge. I didn't enjoy supervision because I found many people under skilled, becoming an Instructor appealed because it looked challenging and interesting and still allowed me to operate.
What work experience had you had before you made your career change?
I grew up on a farm and was involved in agri hire from school age. I came to Scotland at 17 and started operating a range of plant and now have over 13 years site experience.
What drives you towards a role that’s focused on improving skills in the sector?
Few other jobs provide the opportunity to give something back to the industry and the ability to give others a chance to better their employment opportunities. It also provides lifelong learning and development.
What do you enjoy about working with Lantra?
I like the training materials.
Is there such a thing as a typical day in your job?
No and if anyone says there is then it’s time to give up! No two courses are the same or present the same challenges.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Helping people develop and fulfil their potential especially when many start with no confidence as a result of a bad experience in school. Watching someone achieve a qualification for the first time in their lives and knowing you made the difference is fantastic.
What advice would give to anyone wanting to work as an Instructor?
Only start this if you want to help others and want to make a difference. If the sole motivation is money then do the industry a favour and find something else, we already have enough of them!