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’m into a lot of different things. I like going swimming, watching films at the cinema, I’m a big Marvel fan. I enjoy being a sociable person in general, joining groups I’m interested in and just meeting new people. I like going for long walks and visiting historical places like the national trust. I’m into Ghost hunting and paranormal activities too.
I like 80s as well as 90s dance music, to classical music. It depends on my mood. I have quite a varied music taste.
Life before Brooks and Kirk
My background initially was in retail. In 2005 I ended up going to work in the Health and Social Care Sector, for a complete career change. I did that for nearly 10 years but for the last couple of years, i’ve been working in the education sector. After leaving college I didn’t really know what I wanted to do so I worked full time in retail working my way up to management level. 2005 was the year I decided to change that and wanted to do something completely different. I wanted to delve more into mental health and started looking at health and social care career routes. I applied for a few jobs, they asked if I had any experience. I didn’t have any work experience but I had life experiences in this which got my foot in the door. I progressed on and ended up working for a mental health organization for 5 and a half years but unfortunately, I was made redundant in 2014. I gained qualification whilst working in that sector which led me to the education sector.
How did you find us?
In 2016 I was working in a call centre in a medical practice but it wasn’t really something I wanted to do as a career. I got to a point where I thought, what have I done in my career that I can use to get myself a better suited job for me. As I’ve worked in lots of different sectors, I thought I could combine all these experiences and become an assessor. I searched online to see what I would need to become an assessor and different training providers. I came across Brooks and Kirk, phoned up and spoke to someone about the course and what it entailed.
What did you think of the course?
It was quite self-explanatory for me because I had already done PTLLS Level 4. So it kind of crossed over within the assessing side of things. I was very much ‘on the ball’ in terms of getting on with the assignments and sending one off a week, getting my feedback and going on to the next.
Life after the Assessor Course
I was applying for assessor jobs in the Birmingham area and I had a few interviews. Eventually, I did find some work, but it was in more of an intervention role in education. Then I became ill, so I’m currently unemployed. I am still keeping my options open though!
Submitted to one of our assessors via email
I’m super chuffed and thank you all at Brooks & Kirk for this fine opportunity with the CAVA course. It’s been an amazing experience and have recommended Brooks and Kirk to some friends who are looking to do Assessing.