TEC Life

I am Eddie Sloane, Chairman of Pioneer TEC’s Training & Education to Employment Centre. We are a small, independent residential school offering specialist, residential alternative education (AE) provision for students 11 to 18 years with a particular focus on difficult to place young people.

I have worked with disadvantaged young people for the last 20 years, providing access to education, vocational training and motorsport.  

Prior to developing Pioneer, I was the proprietor and Managing Director of a successful private provision, called Trax Care & Academy offering a residential care and education provision for  ‘looked after children’.

Trax was an award winning service in its day with a great staff team and sense of purpose.

I sold the company in 2015 and Trax has since become part of a larger care company.

In 2009 I established a successful not for profit Community Interest Company  Trax Energy & Wind sports to provide training and employment opportunities for over 200 local young people funded through the Department of Work and Pensions and their Banking Young Britain Initiative (Future Jobs Fund).

The objective now in setting up Pioneer TEC is to build on my past experience and further improve life chances and outcomes for young people and support them post leaving care and education to enable them to have access to a full-time job and a safe suitable place to live.

We are providing accommodation by way of new modern park lodges situated on our own 70-acre exclusive education and activity site.

The main advantages of developing a residential school on site is that it greatly improves safeguarding and helps us to manage the risks that LAC young people face, physically, socially and emotionally when they are placed in a new host community.

Pioneer TEC is in the process of submitting plans for a new state-of-the-art modern residential school building which will be powered by solar and wind energy and carbon free. See our Planning Application news story for more information.

The further development of Phoenix Park as a CIC means that we can offer a wider variety of sports and leisure activities, which in turn widens and extends the type and number of job prospects and experiences for the students in the future. See On the way to the Future of Phoenix Park! for more information.

I feel this is a very exciting time in my Life as I have the previous experience of developing provision and the support of a great staff team which will enable us to achieve the vision for young people who will benefit from Phoenix Park & Pioneer in the future.

A state of the art Carbon Free sustainable residential school for the children of today. 

Eddie Sloane, Chairman, Pioneer TEC 

Barry's Story:

“I’m now 27, and enjoy being a role model and mentor”

I’m now 27, and a responsible family man, employed through Pioneer as a plant driver instructor. I also help other students by being a role model and mentor.

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Barry Now a successful plant driver and instructor at Pioneer

We want our students to:

Succeed in education

Knowledge and learning can equip young people for life, regardless of the subject. We’re focused on ensuring our students succeed.

Be happy and healthy

The most important achievement for our students is to be happy and healthy. We equip them with the tools they need to become this.

Build good relationships

Learning the skills to build healthy and strong relationships help our students to grow as individuals and become well-rounded adults.

Have a safe place to stay

Have a safe place to stay - Feeling safe and secure is crucial for many of the young people that walk through our doors. The stability & structure of TEC Life enables them to feel this.