We recently read an inspiring article on FENews by Paul McKean on how Further Education helped him get through a dark time in his life, and it got us all thinking. Whilst Paul’s story is unique to him, we think that the concept of Further Education changing lives for the better is a thing that a lot of our learners can relate to.
There are many different reasons why people come to us wanting to become Assessors, from wanting to expand their careers to wanting a complete change in lifestyle. Whatever the reason, they’re all grateful that Further Education has had an impact on their lives.
We took a handful of our learner reviews that we have received over the years that all have something in common – Further Education has made a positive impact on their lives, one way or another.
“It’s been such a useful course and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve also found out today I’ve got a job as an early years assessor so it’s been a good news day! Thanks again – all the Brooks and Kirk team have been so helpful and supportive I really appreciate it.”
“Thank you so much for your and the rest of the team’s help and support throughout my course. I have really enjoyed it and learnt lots of information and skills to help in my new career direction.”
“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. It 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.”
Since David left his review, he has actually started the IQA course!
“I was very impressed with Brooks and Kirk. I hadn’t done any studying since leaving university 17 years previously so was understandably anxious. Brooks and Kirk were very approachable and friendly when I rung to ask, what I considered to be, stupid questions.
I really enjoyed my days in London both for my CAVA and my EAT as both Laura and Dan made the sessions informal and enjoyable and managed to create an environment where you feel at ease and comfortable enough to ask questions, I learnt lots.
Your moodle e-learning site was easy to use and turnaround for marking my assignments was much less than your advertised two weeks. I was also able to ask your staff to help with job interview questions, which Laura did with no hesitation and I’m pleased to say I got the job!
Brooks and Kirk opened up a whole new career for me and I would not hesitate in recommending them to others or returning myself should I want, or need, to gain another qualification.”
“I completed my training at Brooks and Kirk, the team is very professional and I was looked after very well.
With all the support and motivation I managed to complete my training early and the company also helped to find a job in this sector, I would highly recommend this company to all the new assessors thank you, Brooks and Kirk,”
“Thank you all for your support you have provided me, its been really hard dealing with my personal issues and the battling with and for my son and dealing with depression, I felt I wouldn’t complete and nothing going well, if I pass at least I can say there has been some positive this year so thank you!
Brooks and Kirk provide an excellent service and support to which I will continue to recommend other too.
Hopefully, in the future, I would love to undertake the IV course next as I discussed with Laura sometime ago!”
“Excellent professional company. Work was always marked quickly with development feedback. I got my dream teaching and assessing job just after I finished my course so I couldn’t recommend these guys highly enough!”
That’s just a small handful of reviews that people have left us over the years, and they all have a different story to tell. But the one thing they all have in common is that Further Education (and more specifically, the Assessor course) has had a positive impact and changed an aspect of their lives for the better.
Perhaps in a few months time you’ll be leaving us a review telling us how further education impacted your life…