Introducing Jack Baker, a Survival Instructor at Clyde Training Solutions (CTS), covering safety courses across the marine, offshore and renewables sectors.
We speak to him to find out career highlights and experience, what made him join CTS, and more about his day-to-day job.
What was your career background before joining CTS – please include highlights and memories
When I left school in 2008 I wanted a career with adventure and opportunities to see the world, and so I enrolled to become a Royal Navy submariner, undertaking my training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.
The training was exciting and challenging and I would definitely count qualifying as a submariner and getting my ‘dolphins’ as a great achievement.
I then spent 8 years as an active submariner, based primarily in Faslane and serving on the HMS Sceptre and HMS Ambush, as well as carrying out operations in a counter piracy and maritime intelligence during the 2012 London Olympics.
After leaving the Royal Navy I initially worked as a telecoms rigger, installing and building mobile telephone masts, before taking on the role of Working at Height supervisor. which involved onshore supervising of work at height activities but also got to work offshore as a surveyor.
What made you join CTS?
Like all people in the training sector I was intrigued by what was being offered by Clyde Training Solutions, a training centre with facilities all on one site, covering marine, offshore and renewables training, based in Glasgow rather than the north east of Scotland or England as they normally have been.
I have experience working in all three of the sectors listed, and have been involved in real-life emergencies at sea, so when the chance emerged to work in such a centre and be able to pass on this experience, I grabbed it with both hands.
What are your main tasks and responsibilities at CTS?
Due to my background, I am fortunate enough to be involved in all aspects of survival training for the marine, offshore and renewables delegates who pass through our doors.
Since late 2020, however, I have had the specific task of developing the desktop versions for the GWO Working at Height Renewables sector basic safety training courses – for both new entry and refresher delegates – focusing on the classroom and practical elements of the courses.
It’s a lot of responsibility as this is what is submitted to the approval body who decide whether the centre is fit and able enough to teach this course.
And once approved, CTS will become the only training centre in central Scotland, indeed the only one between Newcastle and Aberdeen, to provide all FIVE essential basic safety training elements required to work in the renewables industry, on one site…no pressure then!
What aspect of your job do you enjoy most?
It probably sounds cliched, but I enjoy meeting and working with the delegates. Having worked in the industries they do, I feel I can talk their language and can get across just how important this training is.
It’s not just a box-ticking exercise, these guys have to be ready for the worst case scenario as they are the people who will have to deal directly with the problem, and it’s my job to ensure that they leave not just with the basic information, but with the experience and confidence to be able to enact this training if required.
And I enjoy getting my hands dirty when doing the training, getting in the pool with the guys to complete the exercises.
And the team I work with are exceptional at doing what they do, and I enjoy being part of this effort.