Member Since: 9th Jul 2009
Over fourteen years experience of working within the public, charities and not for profit sectors delivering recruitment and training initiatives for employability programmes. Supports organisations to fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibilities and recruitment needs by sourcing and preparing the local talent pool. Has experience working within the full training cycle, creating recruitment and training programmes, co-ordinating, designing and delivering accredited and non accredited training and carrying out evaluations. Also has experience in bid writing, coaching and recruitment and selection.
Interested in personal development, well being and learning. Is a qualified crystal therapist and reiki healer (although currently non practising).
Holds CIPD Certificate in Training Practice and a member of the CIPD
Training Office OCVA
My discussion replies
10th Feb 2014
Thanks for your reply, you have certainly made me think. Each time I have tried to make a leap somehow I end up back in employability. I didn't think about joining a large organisation to develop training skills. Great idea!
I wanted to enter L&D I guess for a change of scene and to get all round experience and gain experience from working 'in house' supporting employee's. I have always worked with the same client group but guess I am passionate about this area of my work. I guess if it 'ain't broke don't try to fix it' springs to mind.
Thanks for taking the time to reply.
10th Feb 2014
Sorry yes I should have said what I do. I have recently completed a fixed term contract to manage and delivery employability programmes for the unemployed. I set programmes up, monitor targets, recruit staff to deliver specific elements, provide one to one advice and guidance as well as delivering training.
Does this help at all?
11th Dec 2013
Thank you both for replying this is really useful. I have so much to learn and achieve doing this. Can anyone point in the right direction as to where I maybe able to view a copy of a training strategy as I have not seen one before?
Kind regards and thanks
4th Dec 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to respond your suggestions are helpful and I will certainly give these a whirl . I am liking the idea of finding out about trends as I am keen to develop my knowledge.
8th Oct 2013
Thank you Fiona and Rus for your replies which are greatly appreciated.
Fiona, the feedback that I have obtained is very positive but the thing that has stopped me is sector specific experience. I am largely looking for training posts and currently have taken a side step and gone back to a previous role I had at the start of my career in employability. In my current role I work as a co-ordinator in employability although my role encompasses much more than the job title suggests (doesn't most jobs) as I get to do delivery which is great.
Rus, thinking back I think you are right using the term headhunter was confusing. I was just so desperate to ensure the agency could understand what I did. I didn't think it was that difficult to explain. I did assess and select applicants for their suitability for the post prior to them participating in the employability training. It did cross my mind that perhaps my training experience is rather limited to a specific area and liked the way I could express it to make it more attractive to prospective employers. I guess I do provide coaching/mentoring function too, but don't have a qualification to back up my claims does this matter? Why didn't I think of all this?
I feel my next step in my development will be to broaden my training experience/topics for delivery but how can get experience in delivering a broader range of topics? I have tried experimenting in my current role but working with an extremely difficult client base who do not want to engage in group sessions. Is it worth considering other career option if so any ideas? I have tried using the CIPD for which I am am member for a resource base but feel this is largely geared to HR.
Any further thoughts out there as this has really give me some food for thought and really useful.
Thanks for reading
28th Sep 2013
I was running a programme in Central London a number of years ago working with large companies mentoring SME's. I used the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring to provide the training. The feedback from the mentors was really positive. A couple of downsides I found was when I wanted to adjust the programme to meet the needs of those involved to be a bit more flexible (the training was a long programme and all training was done face to face). Which did not suit all trainee's, they were unable provide me with the flexibility. Cost were pretty steep as my budget the second year was cut which meant I was not able to use them again for the second year. I guess it depends on what you want and how much you are looking to invest. But on the whole it was a positive experience and perhaps a starting point for your research. I hope this helps.
Good luck with the programme
4th Sep 2013
Thanks for your kind response. Your suggestion considering what the participant could benefit from our time together was a good thought., that I hadn't considered. Simple but sometimes the best things are. I also like the feedback part that they could share about past experiences, people like to share. I feel with the tips on this site I just might be able to put something together that has some sort of impact.
3rd Sep 2013
This site looks interesting, I haven't come across it before.
Thanks for providing this Andrew
3rd Sep 2013
Thanks Julie and Louise for your responses these are great tips. Now my issue is getting started and deciding on my topics there is just so much to consider in such a short space of time.
Julie all the best with the new site and look forward to seeing the new site and reading your blog, I certainly welcome tips to improve my performance.
Louise thanks for the encouragement.
3rd Sep 2013
Thank you for your reply. This is really helpful. Sounds like I have a tough challenge ahead to get as much as into the session without it overwhelming the participants. I am used to delivering workshops that are half a day or a full day, even then I often don't get through everything as participants have so many questions which is great.
Do you have any further tips you share with careers advisers?
Thanks for your link and tips. It certain does help me.