MPC Birmingham Balaam Wood Academy
Balaam Wood Academy
T: 0330 111 3939
Coming Soon: From 14th June 2021:
4th Floor Quayside Tower
Balaam Wood Academy
T: 0330 111 3939
4th Floor Quayside Tower
Pete served as part of the Royal Green Jackets and was posted to a variety of locations including the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Kenya and Fiji, the latter as part of the British Army Recruiting Group selecting candidates from Fiji for the British Army. On Operations, Pete spent 3 years in Northern Ireland and was presented with a Mention in Dispatches as part of his teams’ actions in August 1992.
Upon joining MPCT in 2006, Pete began as an Instructor at MPC Cardiff before becoming the Lead Instructor in Wrexham and has progressed through the Company since then.
As well as having a physical training background, Pete is an avid exercise enthusiast and has taken part in a variety of endurance challenges to raise money for local charities. Pete feels that the mark of a good society is what we do for the most vulnerable within it to make their lives better. Pete is extremely proud to be part of MPCT, supporting young people in their career progression, and finds it extremely rewarding.
"The most rewarding part of the job is seeing learners progress within their chosen career, I enjoy helping them with any barriers they need to overcome and it gives me a sense of pride to see them develop into professional and focused young people."Pete Leak
Luke enlisted in the Army in 2005 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Combat Engineer, he then did further training to become a Communications Specialist through his career.
Luke has deployed on many different types of exercises all over the UK and internationally including, Kenya, Cyprus, Jordan, and one operational tour of Afghanistan in 2011 with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Devise Task Force.
Luke spent four years at an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Regiment (EOD) based in Saffron Walden with 101 Engineer Regiment (EOD) where he became a search team 2IC for high risk search.
He also boxed at Regimental and Corps level at Light Welter Weight in 2009/2010 for 6 months as a tracksuit soldier, which was absolutely brilliant and one of his best experiences in the Army.
Luke was also fortunate enough to be posted around the UK from Barnstable, Maidstone and Cambridge.
He thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Army and would recommend it to anyone who was thinking of joining.
Luke left the Army in December 2013 and became a Personal Trainer, where he worked in Lifestyle Fitness helping clients achieve their fitness and nutrition goals.
He started his own outdoor boot camp business called Full Body Fitness which he held in a local park four nights a week.
January 2014 Luke started working for MPCT as he needed a new challenge in his life.
Working with young people can be challenging at times but it has been extremely rewarding and he is constantly humbled by how these young people conduct themselves and pursue their goals of getting into employment.
Luke enjoys keeping fit by running and going to the gym every day.
"Having spent a year at MPCT Birmingham I can tell you that I like the structure of the daily routine that the college provides for the learners. Taking Physical Training lessons and seeing the progress that all the learners make towards their fitness goals and then seeing them progress into the Military is one of the biggest rewards of the job."Luke Seal
Ben joined the Royal Engineers in the British Army 6 months after finishing his studies in college at the age of 19.
Every male in Ben's family had previously served or was currently serving at the time he joined, so it was always a passion of his to join.
Ben spent most of his career as a military PTI, following an interest of physical activity that he always had.
Ben had a love for sport, particularly Rugby, which he also continued when joining the forces. Along with going around the world for his job, Ben was also fortunate enough to travel the world representing his corps and Army U23’s in rugby.
He also gained mountaineering qualifications and other adventure training experiences which also took him around the world and more specifically the Alps.
In Ben's career he had always wanted to be a PTI and it was the job he most enjoyed doing. So, Ben decided to develop himself further in the industry, getting qualifications like level 3 PT, Strength and Conditioning qualifications, then starting a university degree and studying Sport and Exercise Science.
Ben always had a passion for teaching, leading him now to be involved with a job that allows him to do both the things he enjoys.
In his time at MPCT he hopes to improve himself in qualifications but more importantly develop his skills in all aspects and establish himself as a instructor in the company.
Jon lives in Dudley, West Midlands and has lived in or around the area his whole life.
Jon has a degree in Mathematical Sciences from Wolverhampton University, before this job he was a Maths Graduate Tutor for a company called Juniper Training.
He has also worked in the welfare to work for industry for 4 years helping people to gain employment and before that he was the manager of a suit shop.
Hello there! I'm Alex, I joined the MPCT in April 2021 and I'm currently a Training Instructor within the Birmingham college.
A former Lance Sergeant of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. I served for 12 years, conducting 3 operational tours in Afghanistan, birthday parades for our Queen and taking part in other ceremonial duties for Her Majesty and members the Royal Family.
Whilst serving, I was fortunate enough to represent the Armed Forces at sport and won a title of Combine Services Light-Welterweight Boxing Champion in 2014.
I was also a training instructor at The Infantry battle School in Brecon, wales. Delivering a high standard of physical training for Platoon Commanders, Section Commanders and Platoon Sergeants battle courses.
My home now is in Wolverhampton with my fiancé Yvonne, our 2 beautiful children and our cat Millie.
With a massive passion for health and mental wellbeing. I love taking part in sports, relaxing with yoga, lifting weights and ultimately enjoying life and the company of others.
The MPCT has given me a great opportunity to pass on my life experiences, develop the skills have gained in the military and help others with their future aspirations. I couldn't wish for a better job!