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Every Learner is Different

Every Learner is Different Learner Case Studies

Welcome to the home of our ‘Every Learner is Different’ stories. What exactly is ‘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; we will have helped people similar to yourself before. ‘Similar’, but not the same – because ‘Every Learner is Different’!

We have been extremely privileged to have worked with people from a huge variety of backgrounds; from single mothers looking to become freelance assessors in childcare, to men in their 60’s looking to assess in construction as they take a step towards retirement.

Meet Our Learners



Health & Fitness

Jodie Tredwell

From working as a Gym Instructor, Jodie worked her way up to become the Manager of a Fitness/Leisure Centre in the space of 10 years. Jodie realised she had a passion for helping and teaching others, when being part of the Management Team meant she was involved in coaching others. She didn’t even complete the whole course before landing her first Assessor job! Pretty impressive if you ask us.



Health & Social Care

Shantelle Pennycooke

Since completing the Assessor course, Shantelle has had not one but two Assessor jobs! She landed her first Assessor Job at City College just weeks after qualifying. Before, she worked as a Care Assistant in Mental Health and was studying her Level 5 in Health and Social Care. Shantelle is now working as an Assessor, where she studied for 4 years.



Danielle Radford

Prior to completing the Assessor course with Brooks and Kirk, unfortunately Danielle had a bad experience with a different training provider. But that didn’t stop her! She worked as a Nursery Nurse, working her way up to the senior team. She played a big part in helping Apprentices with their work; so she thought why not become an Assessor?


Retail & Health and Social Care


For 10 years, Mahesh used to work in Retail Management and Health & Social Care before completing the Assessor Course. He enjoys going swimming, watching films at the cinema and everything paranormal! Whilst he isn’t currently working as an Assessor, Mahesh has been sure to keep his options open. You never know what might surprise you…


Digital Marketing


Motorbike enthusiast Lisa used to work as a College Lecturer, and had experience in the Apprenticeship field as she was working on a Social Media Apprenticeship at the time. This was the course that made her decide to gain her Assessor Certificate. Upon completion, she landed herself a new job as a Digital Marketing Assessor!


Financial Services

Sue Mcgregor

Sue likes to support little ones with their reading and also helps them with crafts in schools. She also sings in a choir and belongs to a musical theatre group! Sue came to complete the Assessor Course after working in the Training and Development Sector. She is looking to become a Freelance Assessor as well as coaching and training individuals.



Primary Education


Sobia was on maternity leave when she started her Assessor Course. Currently working as a Senior Level 3 Teaching Assistant in a Primary School, Sobia enjoys spending lots of time socialising with family and friends, as well as chilling out watching the soaps. She is still actively looking for work as an Assessor, but is happy in her job as a a TA.


Instrumentation, Control & Automation


Geoff works in Equatorial Guinea training nationals in Control, Automation and Instrumentation. He completed the Assessor course and returned to Brooks and Kirk to complete the IQA course! As well as ploughing through our courses, Geoff enjoys listening to house music and has his own home music studio!


Retail Management

Lisa I

Whilst working in Retail Management, Lisa lost an impressive 5 stone! This was the motivation she needed to leave her job after 16 years and become an Assessor. After completing the Assessor Course, Lisa moved on to do the Education and Training course with Brooks and Kirk, and is now working as an End-Point Assessor, which she is loving every second of. 


Hospitality & Management Consultancy


Before completing the Assessor Course, David worked in a variety of sectors including; Catering, Education, and Management Consulatancy. After completing his CAVA course, David returned to us to complete IQA Qualification and became the proud owner of a Belgian Shepherd puppy!


Early Years


Gill worked as a Higher Level T.A. in a primary school and had 7 years experience working in Early Years settings. Supporting the Apprentices and new staff inspired her to switch career paths and complete the Assessor course. Completing the course gave Gill the confidence to apply for jobs, and she is currently working as a Regional Trainer in Early Years.




Sports fan Ciaran is a religious fan and Season Ticket holder of Manchester United. Before he moved into assessing, Ciaran was a Geography teacher and worked in the Education sector for around 8 years. After migrating to England and working in various schools, he began working in private sector training, where he was referred to Brooks and Kirk by his Leadership Team.




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Lexie has all sorts of experience within the hospitality/culinary industry, but didn’t have any experience in assessing or teaching. The idea of teaching new chefs was what inspired her to become an Assessor. Now, she works as a Chef Trainer and think’s it’s the best job she has ever done! 


Early Years


Prior to the pandemic in 2020, Victoria spent a lot of her free time travelling. After 8 years in the Early Years sector, she was looking for a change in direction. After researching the next steps she could take, she came across Assessing and found it to be a logical and achievable step forward.


Adult Social Care

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Since 2004, Valarie has been working in the Adult Social Care sector. With young children, Valarie wanted to find a job that was flexible whilst retaining and utilising her current skills and knowledge. So, she made the decision to leave her full-time job as as a Care Manager and dived in to the Assessing industry. 



Kathryn Dean Certselfie

In her spare time, part-time Biology teacher Kathryn enjoys going to the gym and having a catch up with friends over coffee. When Kathryn’s two young sons started going to school, she found herself with more free time. This was when she decided to retrain as an Assessor. 



Recruitment, Business, Customer Services & Mental Health

Every Learner is Different

Busy mum of 3 under-10s, Elizabeth was previously a lecturer at a Further and Higher Education college. During this time, she realised she enjoyed assessment and looked into what she can to do further her knowledge. After speaking with Brooks and Kirk, she was matched to the Level 3 CAVA Course.


Teaching and Nursing

Every Learner is Different

After 4 years of working in a secondary school as a Maths teacher, Bemigho decided she wanted to look into Nursing instead. With the need for a back-up income source and after finding out about Brooks and Kirk from no other than her husband, Bemigho enrolled on to our Assessor course.


Management & Leadership

Mary Forrest Hill (Case Study)

Mary has a 30 year career in Senior Leader roles in commercial environments, in both the Private and Public sector. She decided to retrain as an Assessor as she wanted more flexible, freelance work that could also allow her to use her years of experience to support Junior Managers and Leaders to develop their skills and knowledge.


Business and Management

Every Learner is Different

Programme Manager John had many years’ experience in the public sector before deciding to become an Assessor. Whilst working at a College, he was asked to help Apprentices in Business Administration and Customer Services by supervising their ‘Day at College’. This was when he realised this was something he enjoyed doing! Then, John found Brooks and Kirk.




Jackson enrolled on our CAVA course with the intentions of assessing youth learner’s through the process of learning to become a Vehicle Mechanic like himself. He wanted to assist the younger generation by sharing the skills and knowledge he has learnt in an area he finds to be very rewarding. Since completing his CAVA course, Jackson has also completed our EPA course!