MEET THE TEAM
After leaving school with no qualifications and spending the first 4 years of my working life doing a variety of unfulfilling jobs I decided to make a positive change.
I enrolled onto a basic computer course at my local Adult Education Centre. Watching the tutor support her learners (especially me) and take time and patience to show each and every learner a variety of methods and solutions inspired me and I knew that I too wanted to help people.
I had now really caught the learning bug and I felt extremely motivated to achieve my goal of helping others like me. Within a few months I had achieved qualifications in Adult Numeracy Level 2, Adult Literacy Level 2, IBT2 and I had gained a full ECDL.
I now had a confidence and drive that I had never had before and I was ready to start my teaching journey. I approached another local training provider to seek advice and see what I could do to gain experience and hopefully in the future become an adult teacher. The Managing Director and Quality Performance Manager were really supportive and saw something in me that I didn’t know I had. They talked about helping people and giving people the platform to succeed; this really appealed to me and gave me even more enthusiasm. It was then and there that I was given a fantastic opportunity, that really did change my life, when they asked me to work for them on a voluntary basis.
Learning from the tutors and management was a fantastic experience and I loved learning new skills and facing new challenges. The pleasure that I gained through teaching and helping full-time me great satisfaction and I knew that I was helping people to achieve their goals and aspirations in the same way that I was helped to achieve mine.
Two months after starting as a volunteer I was taken on full time as a Support Tutor, 5 months later I became a Tutor, 7 months after that I became Head of Maths. During this time I was very lucky to be nominated by my learners for South West Tutor Of The Year which I won! 18 months later I had the huge privilege of becoming the Manager of the Exeter centre.
I decided to set up my own training centre in 2010, and Elite Training South West Ltd was born. I still have the same passion and desire to help people achieve their goals and I am proof that with hard work and great support anything is possible.
I came to Elite Training South West Ltd initially from Pluss who thought I would greatly benefit from undertaking a computer course which would lead to a qualification.
I started at Elite Training as a student in March 2016 on an IT Level 2 course. Learning with Elite Training was great. It allowed me to have the flexibility of learning to fit in with my daily routine and personal commitments.
It was really a very good course, providing a refresher of topics, along with an insight into new ones, which after completing a 90 hour course and an exam resulted in a City & Guilds qualification.
My time at Elite Training as a learner was highly enjoyable, the trainers were excellent, giving full support and encouraging one’s confidence.
Working at Elite Training we have an excellent team spirit and great camaraderie. No two days are the same and there is a real sense of achievement when seeing our learners gaining new skills.
We have a great team who are supportive, encouraging and work well together with great humour.
IT for Beginners
Our IT for Beginners course is a concise introductory course in using computers and accessing the internet. Whether it’s your first time on a computer and you would like support in starting to use the keyboard and mouse, or if you would like help with sending emails and accessing online public services, then this is the course for you. The course takes on average 3 hours and once you have completed the course, you will have the option to progress onto an accredited IT qualification.
A Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid, certified by Qualsafe. This course is suitable for lower-risk environments covering first aid skills for accidents and injuries most likely to occur in workplaces such as offices, shops and smaller businesses.
A Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work, Certificated by Qualsafe. This course covers a comprehensive set of practical skills and knowledge needed by first aiders in most workplaces. It meets the standards required to help comply with Health & Safety (first aid) regulations.
ITQ Level 1
Level 1 Certificate for IT Users
An ITQ is an up to date, nationally recognised IT user qualification which will enable you to improve your IT skills using Microsoft Office software. The course is tailored so that you can start anytime you are ready. You can study with us Monday to Friday, mornings and/or afternoons. A minimum of 3 sessions per week is required but you can attend more sessions if you wish. The average completion time for this course is 6 weeks but some people complete in just two weeks!
ITQ Level 2
Level 2 Certificate for IT Users
This qualification enables you to gain a range of skills and knowledge in the use of ICT applications. A Level 2 user can make use of predefined or commonly used IT tools for activities that are at times non-routine or unfamiliar, they will be able to devise solutions to use IT tools to improve productivity. This course is 90 guided learning hours and consists of 4 units – one mandatory unit and 3 other units of your choice.
In addition to our flexible “at your own pace” courses we now offer group workshops at various locations. Full day workshops include FREE refreshments and FREE lunch. We have workshops available for a number of subjects from updating your CV and interview techniques to gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
Qualifications available: City and Guilds Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 Maths and English and Entry Level 3 IT. After completing an initial assessment and diagnostic, a personal learning plan will be created by your tutor to enable you to achieve your goal. Work can be completed at your own pace but we do ask that you commit to at least 6 hours learning per week.