Welcome to Quest Training
I started Quest Training after working within the work based learning sector for a number of years, for both private providers and colleges.
At that time, there were very few true work based learning programmes, where everything could take place within the employer's premises.
It was this realisation that led to the formation of Quest Training, and we began our journey working with a children’s home to train six of its staff. Since this first contract, we have built strong links with employers in a number of different sectors, and have successfully gained funding streams that have allowed us to support learners and employers progress and build their confidence.
In 2010 Quest Training started to deliver apprenticeships as a sub-contractor but now have a direct contract with the ESFA. Since then we have continued to build expertise and a strong reputation in this area. I am a late learner myself, and commenced my vocational training at 36 years old, which opened the door to additional qualifications over the next 10 years. At the age of 48, I finally achieved my degree.
This is really what Quest is about. I believe that all of us have the desire for learning inside, no matter what our age. All we need is the right tutors and assessors to bring our passion and confidence out. This belief was truly cemented when a lady 2 weeks short of her 70th birthday achieved her apprenticeship with Quest, which still remains one of my proudest moments.
I welcome you again to the Quest Training website, and hope you find everything you need. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information or advice – we are always here to help.
Founder and Managing Director
I have worked in the post-16 Education and Training sector, for private Work-Based Learning providers for over 30 years and still feel very passionate about Apprenticeships as they offer many wider opportunities for people who want to gain a professional Standard/Qualification whilst working.
My background lies in the vocational areas of business administration, management, team leading, customer service, teacher training and professional staff training, at all levels. I also have skills and experience in Functional Skills, Quality, Equality & Diversity, Health, Safety & Welfare and Safeguarding and have gained a range of qualifications in these areas, including a BA (Hons) Degree in Education & Training.
I have worked for Quest Training for the last 10 years, carrying out variety of job roles including, Assessor, Lead IQA, Curriculum Manager. I currently work as a Strategic Advisor/member of the Governance Committee and am committed to helping the company achieve its Mission Statement, strategic aims and objectives, in order to provide and continually improve the quality of service delivery to all our employers, apprentices, stakeholders and staff.
I have been working in adult education since 2006, moving to full-time at Quest in 2011. I began working as an invigilator, before running the examinations department and our second office in Dartford. I have also trained as a tutor delivering Functional Skills, and as an assessor delivering business and management. I am a natural learner, which has led me to complete my Master’s degree in 2013. I have been in employer engagement since 2014, recently stepping up as a Business Development Director in 2018. Seeing the impact of our teaching and learning, and kick-starting apprentice’s careers has always been the most satisfying part of my job.
Business Development Director
I am one of two lead IQAs working with our team of IQAs, Assessors and Tutors, supporting delivery of apprenticeships and qualifications across all sectors including functional skills. I play a key role in supporting and guiding the assessment team to make sure that they develop and grow in line with the changing needs of both apprenticeship delivery and the company. I also lead and develop the functional skills department, re-structuring our delivery model. I am qualified to Level 4 in childcare (my original vocational area after starting was in childcare) and hold an assessor qualification (A1), an internal quality assurer qualification (V1) and a teaching qualification. I am passionate about training and very committed to my work at Quest, who I’ve been with now for over 10 years.