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Person Centred Training over Money Motivated Training

Person Centred Training over Money Motivated Training


Deadlines, some people like having them so that they can put pressure on themselves to get work done. However, the vast majority of people despise them and will avoid having them at all if possible.

If you are in that majority and looking to do a training course to help you progress in your career or even start a new career, it’s fairly unlikely that you would want that added pressure of a deadline on top of your existing work commitments. Now imagine, you are on a training course that has a deadline AND if you don’t finish before that deadline, then you will have to pay more money to be able to complete your course… Does this kind of training really have you, the learner in mind? Or, is it just money motivated?

The sad thing is, the scenario of having training courses with deadlines and course extension fees isn’t a made up one. We appreciate that flexible online learning isn’t for everyone, which is why there are courses out there with weekly classroom-based sessions which tend to have set end dates. But at Brooks and Kirk, we have found that learners will produce work that is of a much higher standard if they aren’t weighed down with the pressure of meeting deadlines. 

If you have spoken to us on the phone about any of our courses, or even just had a look around our Assessor Training website, you will probably have noticed that one of the unique features of our courses, is that we have no set start and end dates. Meaning, you can start on your course as soon as you like and take however long you need to complete it.  

When it comes down to choosing a training provider, just bare that earlier question in mind; would this course be centred around me, or my money? We are more than happy to give anyone advice on what to look out for when choosing the right training provider, obviously starting with avoiding courses with extension fees!

So, if you would like to find out more about our flexible assessor courses or even just have a chat with us for some piece of mind on choosing a training provider, then please don’t hesitate in giving us a call on 01205 805 155

Our Growing Assessor Course

Our Growing Assessor Course

With our assessor courses are growing by the week, we thought we would take a moment to have a step back and have a look at a snapshot of what has occurred over the last 6 months. So we came up with this…

The story of Our Growing Assessor Course over the last 6 months

If you would like to be part of our growing assessor course then we are only a phone call away. You could even find yourself appearing in our next story later on this year!

The Story in Full

Also in the last month…

Our new Assessor Training website


The idea behind our new design is that anyone coming onto our website can get straight to the page that they are looking for within a couple of clicks. Please take a moment to have a snoop around our new website. And by all means, let us know what you think.

Take a look around our new website

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The Micro-Teach – The Way it Should be Done

The Micro-Teach – The Way it Should be Done


I’m guessing most of you arriving at this article will have heard of the PTLLS Award before. Hopefully by now, most of you will also have discovered that the PTLLS Award was replaced by the Level 3 Award in Education and Training back in 2014. Whilst the qualification title is completely different, not so much changed with the qualification itself. 

There is still just one competency based part of this course, that is the micro-teach. A significant amount of providers promote the fact that learners who complete the Award in Education and Training with them can deliver their micro-teach via Skype. Whilst it may sound appealing to complete the entire course online, this article will outline exactly why you should only consider these courses as an absolute last resort. 

If you are familiar with the Level 3 AET, then you will already be aware of what is involved with the micro-teach unit (Understanding and Using Inclusive Teaching and Learning Approaches in Education and Training). But for all of you that aren’t familiar with the level 3 Education and Training Award, this unit requires you to deliver a 15 minute micro-teach on a subject of your choice. As this is the only competency based part of the qualification, we believe that it is extremely important for you, the student teacher to get the opportunity to deliver a lesson in front of a small group of people and interact directly with your learners.

When you think that as a result of gaining this qualification, you could secure a job as a tutor in a further education college, it should be a requirement for the only competency based unit to be observed in person as oppose to through Skype. However, as it doesn’t state that in the specification, companies can get away with delivering the entire qualification online.  But if you are going to enrol onto a training course, then you want to gain the relevant skills and knowledge on completion of that course. We believe that it would be extremely difficult for you, as the learner to gain the necessary teaching skills from delivering a 15 minute lesson to a webcam. 

That is why, with Brooks and Kirk, you would work through all of the knowledge based content on our online learning system and then just attend one day at your closest centre. On the day that you attend, you will deliver your micro-teach to a small group (generally 4-6 people) and give feedback to your classmates on their micro-teaches. You may be thinking, ‘Oh well, it is only 15 minutes. How much can you really learn in 15 minutes anyway?‘ But the answer is, an unbelievable amount!

Dan Kirk is one of our Education and Training assessors here at Brooks and Kirk. Here are his thoughts on the importance of the micro-teach…


Dan has observed hundreds and hundreds of nervous people deliver their micro-teaches and whilst they feel like they are going to hate the experience, a good 9 out of 10 people feel incredible when they come to the end of their lesson. In fact, we aren’t lying when we say that the majority of people end up enjoying it so much, that they want to do it all over again! You can hear that for yourself from on our Learner Feedback Videos. We have spoken to learners who have done their micro-teaches online and they have told us that they didn’t get that same kind of feeling. 

So, if you would like to do an Education and Training course that is going to help you not only gain the necessary teaching/training skills that you need, but also boost your confidence, then we can definitely help you.

Something you will not want to miss out on

Something you will not want to miss out on

We are going to be the only training provider in the whole of England offering this. Do you want to find out what it is?

Well you’re going to have to wait another two and a half weeks yet I’m afraid. There’s nothing like building up a bit of tension.

In the meantime, here are three things which which we can guarantee you:

  • It’s FREE
  • You won’t find another assessor training provider in the country offering it
  • If you’re looking to become an assessor, it will definitely be of interest to you


This picture may not look like much at the moment. But it will become much clearer on the 2nd of November.

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Also in the last month…

Let the referrals do the talking 


“76% of the trainee assessors currently completing their assessor qualification with us were referred to us.”

Find out why more people are being referred to Brooks and Kirk for their assessor training.

Earning for Referring

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Brooks and Kirk’s New Affiliate Scheme

Brooks and Kirk’s New Affiliate Scheme



Whether you are doing your assessor training with Brooks and Kirk or not, we have a career opportunity waiting for you.

If this is the first time you have heard about an affiliate scheme, then you are probably wondering what it is and how it works. You should find that our Affiliate Scheme information page on our website answers both of these questions.

There are just four simple steps you will need to follow in order to start earning money from our Affiliate Scheme.

Become an Affiliate with Us Today

Also in the last month…

The much awaited free trial is now live! 


In case you weren’t already aware, Brooks and Kirk have become the first training provider to offer a Free Trial on the assessor course.

You can enrol yourself on the 10 Day Free Trial within a couple of minutes. If you hven’t already started your assessor course with us, why not give our Free Trial a go and see what you think?

Start Your Free Trial Now

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This is what our 2015 looked like!

This is what our 2015 looked like!


What a Year!

Let’s have a quick recap of 2015; there was the birth of a new royal baby, England broke records for being terrible at Rugby and Jeremy Clarkson suddenly became ‘un-busy’.

However, more importantly, 2015 also saw a massive increase in uptake of our assessor courses. So before we briefly take you through our eventful 2015, we would just like to say a massive thank you to all of you that made our year what it was!

CertSelfie Competition


At Brooks and Kirk, it’s our philosophy that the learners always come first. So, what better way to kickstart our 2015 recap than with some pictures of some happy successful learners!

As a bit of fun we are running a poll to find out your favourite CertSelfie. If you see a familiar face then show them your support by giving them your vote! It just takes a couple of clicks and you could win a prize if the CertSelfie you choose turns out to be the winner.

Vote For Your Favourite CertSelfie

Posts from 2015


We totted up a grand total of 36 posts on our Assessor Training website last year. If you are a new subscriber to our newsletter, then you have probably missed out on a lot of great stuff over the past 12 months.

But not to worry, as we have cherry picked a few of our most popular posts from 2015 that we hope you will find useful!

a1-taqa-cava-d32-d33-brooks-and-kirk-assessor-courseIs This Assessor Course For Me?

Regardless of which sector you are looking to become an assessor in, the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is the qualification you need.


 Making Sense of NVQ Assessor Vacancies

For people looking to become NVQ assessors, it can be hard work making sense of assessor vacancies. So, we thought we would make it much easier.


The Importance of LinkedIn to Newly Qualified Assessors

For people looking to become NVQ assessors, it can be hard work making sense of assessor vacancies. So, we thought we would make it much easier.

Kimberley’s Story


We have had quite a number of learners who have emailed us upon completion of their course, thanking us for our support and telling us about new jobs that they have started. But this email form Kimberley made all of our team’s tails wag.

Hi Rod,

Hope your well. I just wanted to say thank you to you and all the trainers at Brooks and Kirk that have helped me on my learning journey. When I first started out on my courses in Assessing and Education and Training, I really wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it. At 38 and with two jobs and a 12 year old to take of, I wondered what I had taken on!! But with Brooks and Kirk guidance and constant support I have achieved what I thought was impossible…

After a few weeks of interviews, micro teaches and presentations – I have a new job!!!! Assessing Hospitality & Catering,Team leading and Customer Service. I honestly cant thank Brooks and Kirk enough! I also have to say that the days in Manchester where we got to learn first hand what assessing/training is all about helped massively!!! I would recommend you to anyone who was interested in this kind of career.

Again, thank you for all your support, without it I wouldn’t be about to embark on my new career.

Could you please also thank Laura Kirk, she has been amazing and I’m sure I’ve driven her insane!!!

Thank you so much.

These are the kind of rewarding messages you can look forward to receiving as a fully qualified assessor!

Earning for Referring


Towards the end of 2015, we discovered that the majority of people who were starting a course with us were referred to us by a friend, family member or work colleague.

So, because our learners were being so kind and referring us to others, we thought that we would repay the generosity and offer a £50 referral fee to anybody who refers somebody onto our course.

We are still running this earning for referring offer, so if you have referred somebody to us or know somebody that is interested in training to become an assessor, then make sure you fill in their details on our referral form to get your £50 referral fee!

Referral Form

Learners Feedback


It’s all well and good us telling you what makes us different from the rest, but it really means something when it comes from the learners mouths rather than our own!

2015 saw the rise of our learner feedback videos. We have got a selection of our feedback videos available on our website for everyone to see. Spend a couple of minutes having a snoop through them to see if either you or somebody you know has made an appearance.

Learner Feedback

Whether you have a success story to tell us, received your certificate and haven’t sent us over a CertSelfie or if you or someone you know is interested in training to become an assessor, then we would love to hear from you!


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Happy Learners and Happy Hounds

Happy Learners and Happy Hounds

To be honest, we’re surprised it took this long to receive a CertSelfie from one of our learners with any kind of pet. But considering we are all dog lovers here at Brooks and Kirk, the winner of January’s CertSelfie of the month was an easy choice! 

Unfortunately it came in just a week too late to be included in the CertSelfie competition that is running until the end of this month. Oh and on that note, if you haven’t already, vote for your favourite CertSelfie to be in with a chance of winning a prize. It takes all of about 30 seconds! 


Here is Georgina’s lovely CertSelfie with her very fluffy pooch.


Meet Our Assessors

Meet Our Assessors

It’s always nice to be able to put a face to a name. That is why we have got each of our assessors to tell you a little bit about themselves. There will be more profiles coming soon, but for now, here’s the Brooks and Kirk Assessor Training delivery team…



Steve Kirk

Let me tell you something about me. Prior to joining Brooks and Kirk I worked for the United Nation peacekeeping force, spending 5 years in Sierra Leone and a further two years in the Sudan. Prior to this, I served with the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1 Para). This role took me across most of the Middle East and Africa. Both of these roles came after a long period of illness where I had to be treated for a condition known as “compulsive liar”, a condition that thankfully I no longer suffer with. 

Alternatively, I have spent the last 10 years here at Brooks and Kirk. During that time I have predominantly been involved in training assessors and IQA’s. Quality control is something that I feel very strongly about,  focussing on ensuring the quality of the learning experience not just passing qualifications.



Laura Kirk

Hello. My name is Laura and I am addicted to shopping and the gym. Oh, sorry….. This is not the self-help page. So let me tell you a bit more about myself.

After leaving sixth form, I went on to do a degree in Accounting and Finance. Since then, I have gone on to become an Assessor and an IQA at Brooks and Kirk. I am also involved in Apprenticeship delivery and managed to be ‘volunteered’ to deliver functional skills. I am occupationally competent to assess in areas such as; business administration, customer service, marketing and health and social care. As much as I enjoy assessing learners in all these areas, I suppose you could say training up NVQ assessors is my forte. I will ensure that it’s not a case of ‘you’ve done just enough’ to pass your assessor course. I will ensure that you gain the necessary knowledge and develop the skills you need to become a quality assessor.


Dan Kirk

Hi I am Dan. I am the primary developer for the Brooks and Kirk virtual Learning systems including web maintenance and resource design. I am a secondary school trained ICT and Computer Science teacher mainly teaching in a school with high social deprivation. I joined Brooks and Kirk in 2014 and am now the main dogs-body for anything IT related. And yes, I do have to say “Have you switched it off and on again?” If you have any questions relating to the learning systems, I am the primary point of contact. If there is anything relating to, “who is your electrical supplier?” “Who provides your business insurance?”etc.….”nah… not my department mate”. 




We have a new Feedback Video!

We have a new Feedback Video!

We have built up stacks of great feedback from our learners over the past few months. If we were to put it all into one video, it would probably take such a colossal amount of time to buffer, that it might just about be ready to watch come 2016.

Thankfully, we won’t keep you waiting that long. We have put just a handful of comments from our learners into a short video that will be over before you can even boil the kettle.

So, please have a watch of our latest feedback video and see why people are choosing Brooks and Kirk for their assessor training and what they thought about their experience. 

To find out more about our assessor training courses, or to arrange booking onto a course then please contact us on one of the following:

P: 01205 805 155 

E: training@brooksandkirk.co.uk