It’s been a while and I hope you haven’t missed us too much – Don’t worry we’re back with another learners story, this week we have the lovely Ciaran.
Every Learner is Different (ELD) is all about showing anyone that is considering becoming an assessor, that there are no barriers with Brooks and Kirk. Whatever your area of expertise, age, location, employment status etc, we will have helped people similar to you before. ‘Similar’, but not the same, because every learner is different!
If you would like to be a part of our ELD campaign and share your story, then I’m only a phone call or email away 🙂
Now it’s time to introduce you to this week’s ELD featured learner… Meet Ciaran.
Tell us a bit about you
I enjoy a large variety of sports from Gaelic Football to Tennis. Last year I helped form a wedding band as a pianist and I am joined by 4 other musicians from across the North West, including my brother-in-law. I am a religious fan and Season ticket holder of Manchester United and I enjoy following the team at every game and socialising with fellow reds. Aside from these interests, I am a member of a local Irish language and culture group in Manchester, where I enjoy promoting the Irish culture in the community.
Life Before Brooks and Kirk
Before moving to assessing, I had worked in the education sector for around 8 years. As a Geography teacher, I spent a period coordinating Field Studies programmes and delivering lessons in outdoor environments in Switzerland, before moving into one-to-one intensive education with a neurological and clinical aspect in Sydney, Australia. After migrating to England and working in various schools across Greater Manchester, I began working in private sector training and into a role at Solvo Vir as ESF Operations Coordinator.
How did you find Brooks and Kirk
I was referred to Brooks and Kirk by the Leadership Team at my work as they have lots of different contacts for staff development, for example; specifically for the training of assessors. So the Leadership Team made the decision that I would be doing the course through you guys.
How did you find the course?
One of the benefits I found was the flexability of the course and that there were no times scales to do the tasks. Once I did submit work it was always reacted to quite quickly by the assessors and I always received feedback quickly. It was always specific and easily actionable. The workshop day impressed me, espescially steve. It was a well planned, logical and methodical course day and I know my colleague had the same opinion who attended the same day as me. By the end of the day I felt prepared to go out and do what is required.
Life after the Assessor Course
As I was saying I work as part of the ESF Team but we also have an apprenticship team within the business. The goal for the business was to grow the apprenticeship side of things so it would be appropriate transition for me within my job role to do the assessor training as I brought my education background with me. So now i’ve been able to help apprentices. My new job role is good change.
Review left on Facebook
I have been very impressed with the quality of service provided by Brooks and Kirk. They allow for qualifications to be learner led, taking it at a pace suitable to the learner, in my case very quickly. The workshops within their offices were very well organized and delivered. The teaching staff were professional and supportive and the administrative team were very efficient and proactive ensuring that I had a quality and productive learning journey. I would highly recommend their services.
That brings us to the end of our first ELD Story, in the month of September. Remember, if you think becoming an assessor could be for you…