Every Learner is Different | David’s Story
David likes to listen to audiobooks. At the time of speaking with David, he had had just got himself a puppy, so he’s sure to be kept on his toes in any free time!
Life before Brooks and Kirk
David started off in Catering. Then David went to do a Certificate in Education in 2004, and after that, he went on to do Management courses.
He then tried to get a job within Education but ended up in a Management role instead – he said management paid better money, he went back to that for 10 years.
Unfortunately in 2011, David got made redundant. However, this is how he ended up going self-employed, working as a Management Consultant.
Finding Brooks and Kirk
David found Brooks and Kirk through an online search – he was looking for the CAVA Course and Brooks and Kirk was one of the first companies to pop up.
He decided to go through his course with us, as our company caught his attention the most.
“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.”
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 helpful; 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.
Life after the Assessor Course
After completing the CAVA course with us, David took the next step and started on the IQA Course (also with us!) and started looking towards opening a training centre too.
We’re sure this will keep him busy as well as his Belgium Shepherd puppy.
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Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
He provides Educational Consultancy to the 19+ sector as well as being an Assessor, IQA, EPA and Digital Marketing Professional. When not doing any of these he finds time, every now and then, to write blogs and articles.