We are back with another ELD Story on the most Mondayest Tuesday ever! – We hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend and an extra few hours snoozing yesterday. Today we have another story for you and this one is from musical theatre lover, Sue.
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 Sue.
Sue's Story Every Learner is Different
Life before Brooks and Kirk
Originally I worked within financial services, the last role I had within financial services was a delivery training manager within a companies learning and development department. Then in 2008 my role sadly disappeared but it was my dream job so I wanted to stay in learning and development and training that sort of thing. In May 2009, I contacted an organisation about doing assessor training and cheekily put my CV on the bottom and told them if they had any training opportunities send it my way. They asked if I designed the material and I said yes and went in for a chat. I designed overview and performance management cycles, very generic. I piloted / ran it for them, which started me off as a self-employed individual. Then oddly enough the company I used to work for contacted me with regards to some work, I did that. All on a freelance basis, the work came in so frequently that I actually never did my assessor course as I was so busy!
Tell us a bit about you
I sing in a choir and I belong to a musical theatre group.
I also support little ones with their reading and go into schools. I’ve also done crafts and helped them with their reading assessments. That’s on top of my coaching and training.
How did you find Brooks and Kirk?
One of the companies I was on the books for, gained a contract for end point assessing. I expressed an interest in that but pointed out that I wasn’t actually a qualified assessor. They told me they had found Brooks and Kirk and worked out a deal with you guys.
How did you find the course?
What I liked about Brooks and Kirk is the fact it is all online because I prefer working online rather than classroom based. As I can go at my own pace and fit it around my own work. So for me it was a perfect marriage. When it came to the first task I found it a bit daunting. Obviously I have looked after trainers in the past but as it was quite formal it was hard to get my head around. I contacted Rod and he was a big help. He told me to just keep going don’t wait for feedback. So I could motor on through different tasks, as I like to get on with things. I didn’t get everything right with all the tasks the first time round, I did get feedback for some but this helped me to enhance my own learning. I found the tasks really good and really enjoyed them as I like writing.
In the morning, when I came to assess the learners, I found it fairly fast paced. However, I understand why it felt quite quick as it was an action packed day; there is a lot to take in.
Life after the Assessor Course
Unfortunately, I haven’t come across any work as of yet. My skill base is quite generic and apprenticeships are looking for regulated backgrounds. Obviously, I knew what I could and couldn’t say to a customer but I’m not an independent financial manager. I do keep checking in for freelance assessor jobs online but unfortunately, nothing has popped up yet, which is a shame as I believe I have the people skills and I love working as a trainer.
That brings us to the end of our second ELD Story. Remember, if you think becoming an assessor could be for you…
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Thank you, Brooks and Kirk.
I thoroughly enjoyed completing this course especially as I could work at my own pace. From my initial conversation to the end of the course, everyone I spoke/interacted with were very helpful, friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. Moodle was very easy.