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 series and share your story, then feel free to contact me!
Tell us a bit about you
I don’t really listen to music but I like to listen to audiobooks.
Also I have just got a puppy, so I am sure he’ll keep me busy. He’s a Belgium Shepherd, so he’ll need plenty of exercise.
Life Before Brooks and Kirk
I started off in Catering. Then I went to do a Certificate in Education in 2004. After that, I went on to do Management courses. I then tried to get a job within Education but ended up in a Management role instead. Management paid better money so I went back to that for 10 years. Then in 2011, I got made redundant. So I ended up going self-employed, working as a Management Consultant.
How did you find Brooks and Kirk?
I found Brooks and Kirk through an online search… I was looking for the CAVA Course and you was one of the first companies to pop up.
I decided to go through you as your company caught my attention the most.
What did you think of the course?
The course was brilliant, I really enjoyed it!
One of the best parts of the course was coming along to the office to assess the two learners. The day was action packed but it was at a good pace.
Life after the Assessor Course
I am currently completing the IQA Course through you guys and trying to open a training centre aswell. I’m sure this will keep me busy aswell as my Belgium Shepherd puppy.
That brings us to the end of our second ELD Story, in the month of June. Remember, if you think becoming an assessor could be for you…
Review left on our Facebook Page
Deciding which training provider to use for a particular qualification is never easy, you will research providers, awarding bodies, funding options and previous learner reviews. I can’t help you with the first three steps. However, I can provide you with a review of Brooks and Kirk. Having studied education in the past, I had some idea of what I was getting myself into, so I didn’t need to rely as much on the tutors for support, but when I did they were there and extremely h…elpful; just don’t expect them to do the work for you, that part is up to you. The online system for downloading and submitting assessments is spot on, simple to use and fully supported by the team at Brooks and Kirk.
Feedback for the written assignments was timely and always useful, even assignments that were accepted first time had some constructive feedback to allow me to build on my knowledge or understanding further developing my professional practice as an assessor.
The practical elements of the course are the ones that seem to make most people nervous, with Brooks and Kirk there is no need to be. The way the assessment day is structured and delivered is fantastic. You will spend some time learning about the process of assessing then you will do it, this experience is the key to understanding the role of the assessor and how your behaviour can affect the learner/apprentice you are assessing. The practical day also provides you with the skills and competencies you will need to complete the Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge, and Understanding unit documentation for the full CAVA qualification.
Overall I can’t recommend Brooks and Kirk highly enough: the course materials are first class; the assessors are helpful, knowledgeable, and professional; you have a choice of awarding bodies; the price is very reasonable with flexible payment options that make self-funding attainable. What more could you want?
My intention now is to complete an IQA course with Brooks and Kirk as soon as they allow me to, and if they start to offer one, I will be completing an End Point Assessors course with them as well.