About Us

All the staff bring high levels of expertise and experience in diverse occupations, including education, social welfare, community leadership, care work, civil service, mentoring and of course the building profession.

David and Mandy Hunter set up Dorset Trade Skills in 2014 to optimise David’s skills as both craftsman and teacher. David is a fully qualified bricklayer with over 20 years site experience and over 5 years teaching experience at HMP YOI Portland. He possesses a Diploma in teaching, a certificate in Diversity Training and holds an Assessors qualification.

Mandy has also worked at Portland YOI as an instructor, teaching horticulture and cooking and lecturing inductions.

We offer services to local school, authorities and also to the private sector.

A lot of our courses are mobile and we support ex-offenders by delivering courses all across the South west.

From our previous experiences we were able to work out that students wanted courses that were inclusive in their nature and where they could gain prompt certification on completion. 

Dorset Trade Skills put the students first.

Mandy and David are DDSL, Deputy Designated  Safeguarding Leads.

Meet the Team

Shaun Tanner

Support Service Manager

                                            DSL Designated Safe Guarding Lead

Robert Tacey

Maths Tutor and Curriculum Manager






                                                                           Simon Tandy

Workshop Manager



                                                   Alan Harmer

                                             Workshop Technician

               James Scott




                      Pia Unwin 


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