Before joining the Academy, Michael, originally from Weymouth, worked as a Machinist for Rolls-Royce in Bristol. Here he completed an apprenticeship, achieved a HNC in Mechanical Engineering and learned to use a range of manual and automated machines to manufacture components (mainly for gas turbine engines used in the defence industry) from technical drawings. After 7 years in this role Michael decided he wanted to learn new skills. Having an interest in joinery and furniture design, he decided to join the 12 week course. In spare time as a member of Weymouth Sailing Club, he enjoys sailing and is currently restoring a Sunbeam Alpine.