Meet The Team: Peter Giles

Before starting their careers in education, many of our colleagues come from varied and exciting career backgrounds – like Peter Giles, Head of Apprenticeships.


In his role, Peter is responsible for ensuring Hart Learning + Development’s programmes meet sector needs and deliver the skills training individuals require for success.

Find out more about Peter’s apprenticeship sector experience in his Meet the Team interview:

What did you do before you joined Hart Learning + Development?


“I studied biochemistry and worked as a navigation officer for the Royal Navy, during which time I completed tours in Iraq and did maritime science work. I then moved into the legal sector. I stumbled into teaching while working at the law firm – when there wasn’t enough work to do, I started teaching maths. I really enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, so I decided to continue working in the education sector.


“I joined North Hertfordshire College in 2009, starting in a maths teaching role. I then moved into teaching science apprenticeships with Hart Learning & Development before progressing into management roles, first as Head of Maths and English, then as the Head of Apprenticeships.”


What do you enjoy the most about working with Hart Learning & Development?


“The Group is a really nice community, everyone is really supportive and I have built strong relationships. Working with lots of different people makes my role rewarding. There have been lots of great achievements during my time at the college and Hart Learning & Development, such as winning the Healthcare Apprenticeship Provider of the Year award in 2023, which was a huge accolade.”


Why do you think apprenticeships are a good choice for learners?

“I think a key selling point is how much individual support each student receives during their apprenticeship. For example, we have six students on an autovehicle apprenticeship, each with different career aims, who all receive personalised support to fulfil their career ambitions.


“We also design our courses with employers and people who understand education and the learning process. Our programmes give people the full range of skills to set them up in their career.”


What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting their apprenticeship journey?


“It’s a good idea to try things and see if you like them or not. Don’t worry about making a so-called ‘bad choice’ – even if you choose something that doesn’t end up working out in the long term, you will still learn things from the experience.”

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