Craig Willcocks, Operations Manager for Pittards PLC
What course did you study?
How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?
Pearson College London gave me a real world understanding of Operations and strategic management and I was able to demonstrate that to my employers during the interview stages. Pearson gave me the ability to apply principles like Poka-Yoke, Little’s Law, Ishikawa and Strategic drift to real issues the company had and this set me apart from other candidates.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working as an operations manager for Pittards PLC, a world leader in the manufacture of high quality leathers for gloving, footwear and accessories; I am currently managing an investment in the automation of their bovine leather drying process which should save the company £248,000 a year.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?
I guess the main thing I have learnt from both my time at Pearson College London and my time working in the business world is that text books and lectures can only teach you so much; the best way to learn is to go out there and experience it for yourself. That’s why Pearson College London is so great; it allows you get hands on experience which is key to progressing in the business world.
What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
The fact that your lecturers get to know you on a personal basis and make it easy for you as a student to go to them for help, at most universities a student is a just a another face in a crowded room to a lecturer but at Pearson College London you are much more than that.
If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?
The word I would use is unique simply because I got to experience things that only Pearson College London can offer a student, like the industry events put on with some of the biggest and best companies in the world.
What's your favourite brand and why?
Fred Perry, because it’s got a history behind the brand, good quality and isn’t in your face when it comes to promoting the brand like some others.