After spending time in schools in his role in the asbestos industry, Daniel Pitts underwent a complete career change after witnessing the impact teachers have on the lives of children.

Mature student Daniel, aged 35 from Benfleet in Essex, has graduated from Edge Hill University today with a First Class degree in Primary English Education with QTS.

This hasn’t been the first career change for Daniel, who was once a professional footballer with Southend United before working as a Regional Manager at a nationwide asbestos removal company for 13 years.

After deciding the asbestos industry wasn’t for him, he relocated to Manchester in May 2015 in order to enroll on Edge Hill’s Fastrack programme, an intensive, seven -week programme for adults designed to provide the skills and knowledge to study for a degree.

“As someone who had been out of formal education for some time, my academic skills had to be developed,” said Daniel.“The Fastrack programme enabled me to do this, as well as enabling me to feel comfortable in my environment and connect with like-minded people who I have maintained friendships with throughout my degree.

“Working in the asbestos removal industry, I spent a lot of time in schools, tendering for the contracts to remove it from the school buildings. As a result, I saw first-hand the impact schools, and teachers in particular, were having on children’s lives and it inspired me to explore the notion of becoming a teacher.”

Daniel’s determination has paid off as has already managed to secure a teaching position Holden Clough Community Primary school in Tameside.

“I’ll be working as a Year 4 class teacher at a local school and I’m looking forward to giving something back to the area that has welcomed me and my family over the last three years while I have been studying at Edge Hill,” said Daniel.“The facilities and grounds at the school are very modern and exciting, and I can’t wait to get going.”

He also has a piece of advice for students looking to acquire a teaching position before they graduate.

“Prepare well, know the school well and be confident during the interview – show them that you would be an asset to their school. If you are unsuccessful the first time, don’t let it put you off. Use the feedback and implement the changes for your next interview, the right school is out there for you.”

Click here for more information about studying for a BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS at Edge Hill.