Every Learner is Different | Andrea’s Story
Andrea loves spending time in the outdoors, and takes frequent walks down by the sea. She also enjoys gardening.
Life before Brooks and Kirk
Andrea was working around 50-60 hours per week as a Care Home Manager, and prior to that her expertise was in Catering. After a career change to the Health and Social Care sector, Andrea decided she wanted to do something that would allow her more flexibility and the ability to work fewer hours.
Finding Brooks and Kirk
For quite some time, Andrea wanted to qualify as a trainer or an assessor – originally within the Catering industry. Once she got working in Health and Social Care, she started actively looking at completing the CAVA course.
She found Brooks and Kirk after some research on the internet, and decided to take advantage of our CAVA & AET bundle to qualify as an assessor and a tutor. As we provide learners and don’t have any deadlines or time constraints, Andrea felt that she would be able to relax and having breathing space in times where she was too busy to complete any work.
“One thing I thought was really good was how quickly you got my assignments back to me. I’d usually got them back within 2 or 3 days – sometimes even the next day! That was really good and helped me to keep motivated. The information and learning materials were good – I sometimes got a bit confused, but I could pick up the phone and speak to somebody if I needed to.”
Andrea said that the knowledge and skills that she has learnt have benefitted her in her professional life. As a Manager, it is sometimes difficult to know what to ask people to do. But by completing her assessor course, Andrea said it has helped her to make reasonable demands of her staff. Being a Care Home Manager can mean moving around a lot, and each care home is different. Now with her new knowledge and skills, she says it’s easier to set objectives for her staff. The assessment background and apprentices gave her an anchor, as companies have such different expectations depending on level of achievement.
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Life after the Assessor Course
Andrea has enrolled on a total of 4 qualifications with Brooks and Kirk since completing her CAVA course, with the Lead IQA course currently in progress. Andrea is looking to work in End-Point Assessment, as this is something that can be part-time and flexible.
“Be prepared to work hard. There’s a lot of work, it’s not easy, but try and find a mentor – try and find a mentor, teacher or someone you know within your own sector to support and help you”
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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.