MEET THE TEAM
MIKE BAKER
Managing Director

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 gave 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 and 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.


DANIELLE JONES
CENTRE MANAGER

Education has been something I have always been interested in. I studied English at Exeter University with a view to a career involving teaching or training but was uncertain which route to take. After a few unfulfilling retail jobs, I was ready for a change and saw an Exeter based Adult Education Centre were looking for Trainee Support Tutors, which immediately sparked my interest. I started at Elite Training South West Ltd as a trainee in January 2013 and by April was teaching Maths and English at the centre; a role I enjoyed for nearly 3 years. I made the decision to go back to University to complete my PGCE and worked as a primary school teacher for a few years, before realising that I was happier working with adult learners. I am thrilled to be returning to my roots at Elite, bringing with me my knowledge of teaching adults and the experience of managing support staff as a teacher. I look forward to working alongside a fantastic team, striving to educate and empower adults across Devon.


SANDY HENDY
WORK SECTOR MANAGER

I love helping people to identify their skills and find the right job for them. For me it is not enough to help you to find a job, I want to help you to find the job that you enjoy, that gives you a sense of pride and where you are able to go home and feel good about yourself every day. I have found that people have no idea what things they are good at or even how many skills they use each day so on my course I help you to think about what was involved in your previous jobs, what parts of that you enjoyed and if you do not enjoy them, to look at other jobs that you could do.


CRAIG HARRISON
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS COORDINATOR

I am a qualified teacher with over twenty-five years experience of working within education and training.  I have always been passionate about helping people reach their potential and succeed in life, this is why I became a teacher and why I joined Elite Training South West Ltd.   I enjoy the interaction I have working with adults and watching their self confidence and self esteem grow.  The best part of my job is getting to know my students.


MAUREEN RANKIN
IT TUTOR

After leaving college with a secretarial qualification I worked in admin roles until I became a mother. I then stayed at home for 10 years and worked as a childminder. 

I knew I needed to update my skills if I wanted to return to an admin job and when my son was ten, I enrolled onto an adult IT course at my local college to learn how to use a computer and the different software packages.

When my course ended, I was lucky enough to be offered a part time teaching role, delivering the course I had completed. This then led to full time employment and I was able to complete all my teaching qualifications and gain a degree. I stayed in this job for 12 years before moving to Devon and being lucky enough to work for Elite Training South West Ltd.

I never imagined that I would become a tutor, but encouraging learners to gain skills, qualifications and confidence makes it the most rewarding job I have ever done.


SARAH HARRIS
ADMINISTRATOR

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.