Every Learner is Different | Sue’s Story
In her free time, Sue sings in a choir and belongs to a musical theatre group. She also support little ones with their reading and goes into schools, and assists with crafts and their reading assessments. That’s on top of coaching and training!
Life before Brooks and Kirk
Originally, Sue worked within financial services. The last role she had in financial services was a delivery training manager within a company’s learning and development department.
Then in 2008, her role sadly disappeared. It was my dream job, so sje wanted to stay in learning and development and training. In May 2009, Sue contacted an organisation about doing assessor training and ‘cheekily’ (so she says – we think it’s great!) put her CV on the bottom and told them if they had any training opportunities send it her way.
They asked if she designed the material and she said yes and went in for a chat. Sue designed overview and performance management cycles, and piloted it for them, which started me off as a self-employed individual.
Following this, oddly enough, the company Sue used to work for contacted her with regards to some work. All of this was on a freelance basis, and the work came in so frequently that she actually never did my assessor course as she was so busy!
Finding Brooks and Kirk
One of the companies Sue was on the books for gained a contract for End-Point Assessing. Sue expressed an interest in it, but they pointed out that she wasn’t actually a qualified assessor.
Then they told her they had found Brooks and Kirk.
“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.”
Review left on our Facebook Page
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.
Life after the Assessor Course
At the time of this case study back in 2018, Sue was still looking for work, but was being sure to keep checking in for freelance assessor jobs online. Sue was holding on to hope as she believes she has the people skills and loves working as a trainer.
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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.