I provide tutoring I.T. training to a varied group of learners. Those who have no knowledge of I.T. and those who are seeking to access relevant I.T. courses in college or university. I am very much a hands on tutor who believes that you only learn by doing things for yourself. Self empowerment is the order of the day and that is how you develop your own passion for I.T. and the ability to recognise the possibilities attached to technology.
I have been teaching I.T. for nearly twenty years whether on a one-to-one basis or group basis. I have taught groups with special needs and people recovering from major brain trauma. I have helped support people gaining various level qualifications that have led to them obtaining work or moving onto college/University. My teaching methods are based on the needs of the individual or group in question and lesson plans reflect this. Constant evaluation takes place and informs future approaches and planning.
I am a self-motivated individual with well-developed practitioner and management skills combined with a flexible attitude to work. I set clear measurable objectives, monitor progress, and take corrective action when necessary in order to achieve stated aims. I encourage high standards, verbalises personal and group goals as a desire to do something better – to reach and even exceed personal and group goals. I consistently achieve objectives and use persistence to succeed even when faced with difficult constraints; I am tenacious. I am a strategic and conceptual thinker, a problem solver who is willing and capable of making decisions without prejudice or bias, but is flexible in the process. I create environments in which potential is recognised and colleagues are encouraged to improve and develop personally, as well as organisationally. I delegate authority and responsibility clearly and appropriately in order to accomplish organisational goals, widen experience and enhance individual performance. I involve colleagues at all levels, encourage initiative and recognise achievement. I am a critical thinker with strong analytical skills along with strong team playing skills. I have excellent organisational skills, whilst applying a systems driven approach to my work, developed in a variety of deadline orientated situations. I am very much a people person (client centred), ensuring excellent, professional working relationships gained as a result of working across and within different business organisational settings; including various public, private and voluntary organisations. I have developed excellent interpersonal skills, business skills and Information Technology skills, which I continue to develop so they are up-to-date and relevant. I am extremely proactive, patient, and highly adaptable (regardless of the situation). I am target driven and capable of working under extreme pressure, as well as managing and controlling conflict as I am very much a lateral thinker. I excel in the core elements of working with people, ‘Engagement’ strategies, ‘Relationship’ development, ‘Communication’ approaches and ‘Transition’ stages whilst working ‘SMARTER’ at all times. In short, I am a ‘client centred’ professional who is reliable, trustworthy, hardworking and eager to develop new skills whilst strengthening those I already possess.
Employment History Volunteer History
Freelance Drug (Substance) and Alcohol Tester – Alere Toxicology Ltd Tadcaster Magnets Football Club
As a collecting officer since August 2013 – present I have been part of a team covering the north of England, that have conducted personal testing for drugs and alcohol on potential employees, screening out those that were unsuitable, and ensuring the delivery of a quality service.
Qualified Level 7 Football Referee – Yorkshire Wide: September 2013 – Present
Qualified Level 1 Football Coach for the under 13’s:
September 2013 - Present
North Yorkshire County Council (Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Nidderdale, Skipton) SASH – Preventing Youth Homelessness Together
Relief worker with the Fostering Team, Family Intervention Team and Children’s Care Home (No Wrong Door) June 2013 – Present
Provide young people with a safety net if they are homeless: September 2013 – Present (Host)
Youth Mentor with the Virtual School Team May 2016 – September 2017 (Part-time Maternity Cover)
Targeted Youth Support Worker: July 2012 – June 2013 (Maternity Cover)
Teaching Personnel - Specialised Recruitment Agency (East Riding, York) V-Involved in Wakefield
Specialist EBD Support Worker within SEN schools and PRU’s: May 2011 – July 2012 Event’s Organiser/ I.T. Tutor: April 2009 – May 2011
Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council (Crofton, Aggbrigg, Ossett, City Centre) Doncaster
Senior Youth and Community Worker: August 2008 – May 2011 Governor for Doncaster School for the Deaf: 2003 – 2004
Learning Agreement Pilot Manager: July 2006 – July 2008 Fund raising for the Stroke Association: 2000
Employment History Continued: Volunteer History Continued:
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (Edlington, Borough Wide, Conisbrough, Mexborough, City Centre) Doncaster Continued:
Connexions Personal Advisor (Specialist Substance Misuse Worker): April 2004 – June 2006 Local Agenda 21, Football Coaching and Committee member of ACWASP (raising funds to ensure clean running water in a village in Pakistan): 1994 - 2004
Senior Youth Worker (Part and Full time): May 1998 – June 2006
Doncaster Health Authority (PCT West) – Doncaster & South Humber NHS Trust Freelance Information Technology Software Tutor (Beeston, Featherstone, Leeds, Pontefract, Castleford)
Young People’s Drugs Worker: December 2002 – March 2004 WEA and Freelance I.T. Tutor: July 2007 – September 2010
Assistant DAT Coordinator: February 2001 – December 2002
Stroke Review Manager: February 2000 – February 2001 .
Health Promotion Coordinator (Drugs): April 1998 – January 2000
Commissioning Officer: April 1996 – March 1998
Planning Officer/Assistant Director of Planning: May 1994 – March 1996
Testing Skills I have gained the following skills; Urine POCT, Urine BTL and Oral Fluid tests according to stringent guide lines and precise timings across a variety of different commercial companies including the Police, British Rail, various construction companies, Amazon and utility personnel. The tests requested have included pre-employment, randomized and for cause. I have extensive experience of the SD400 and Alcoblow instruments in ascertaining accurate alcohol readings. I also have extensive experience of all of the chain of custody procedures and adhere to the relevant hygiene needs on all occasions. I have personally secured increased business for the company on numerous occasions. I am always seeking further training opportunities to extend my repertoire of collection methods.
Assessment Skills I use a variety of assessment tools including the 3-column approach (SOS – Signs of Safety), the Rickter scale, the CAF, individual questionnaires and observation skills; and also solution focused approaches (including motivational interviewing)
Communication Skills I am able to provide information and present ideas to others openly and clearly, who encourages discussion and listens attentively with a view to gaining mutual understanding and talk sense. I write in a clear, concise and fluent manner which conveys essential data and the nuances and flavor of a situation in a way that is tailored to the needs of the reader. I successfully influence others by modeling or behaving in ways I wish others to adopt e.g. formal presentations, reports, strategic documents, whole system review documents, formal meetings, telephone interviewing and face to face discussions
Programme Development Skills Developed the Learning Agreement Pilot programme from inception to creation; as well as the NEET approach, the Area Response Team approach, Involving Clients, Service Users, Carers and Key Stakeholders in service development areas within the NHS and Local Authorities
Teaching/Tutoring Skills Acted as a Teaching Assistant in secondary schools, Cover Supervisor in a secondary school (covering the core subjects), Software Tutor in Colleges, Community Centres and Schools (Photoshop, Word, Excel, Dreamweaver, PowerPoint, Access, NOCN qualifications and Individually tailored courses). Also worked as a Health Promotion Educator in primary and secondary schools throughout Doncaster (Sport, Drugs, Oral Health, HIV, Alcohol, Smoking Cessation)
Data Inputting Skills – Recording Skills – Record Keeping Utilised various electronic systems including Aspire, LCS, EHM, E-CAF, Webinair, Cognisoft, ICS and Webcore.
Touch Typing Skills I have used this unique skill throughout my career across all the roles I have undertaken and this has proved invaluable
Recruitment/Interview Skills Recruited for the youth service in Doncaster and Wakefield, and on behalf of the Deaf School
Business Skills Having worked within the NHS (Strategic and Whole System Service Reviews), Local Authorities (Service Development and Delivery), Private Companies (Drug Testing) and Voluntary sector providers (Community Development)
Conflict Management Skills Worked with EBD young people across various environments including ‘Foremost’ School and also dealt with extremely distressed parents and carers (Team Teach trained and TCI – Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trained)
Commissioning Skills Contracted for various services within the NHS with Pharmacists, GP’s, Consultants and Executive Directors
Planning Skills Negotiated the plans for GP practices, a new build for people with Disabilities, Community programmes
Change Management Skills Consulted and implemented a combined children’s service within South Wales and Doncaster
Strategic Development Skills Engaged in and Completed a whole systems review of Stroke Services within Doncaster, as well as completing a strategic review of children’s services, mental health services, services for older people and more specialised services such as Alcohol services
Engagement Skills Implemented a varied Engagement Approach to working with young people, people with learning difficulties, stroke victims and their carers, people who have suffered brain damage and different communities across Doncaster, Wakefield
Community Development Skills Developed a capacity building programme within Edlington in Doncaster and Aggbrigg in Wakefield that included new services for young people and a greater community cohesion as a result
Budgeting Skills I budget realistically, buy wisely, and using control systems, achieve objectives within allocation of funds
Organisational Skills I establish priorities and show concern for all related activities and coordinates resources appropriately so as to reach targets as planned
Negotiating, Brokering, Advocacy Skills Having worked with Vulnerable people for over 20 years it has been imperative that I have been able to negotiate, broker and advocate on their behalf with supported housing, schools, public services, and other significant members of their family
Transition Skills The issue of moving from being a young person into the adult world is a very complex and difficult transition that has to be negotiated very carefully and I have spent the majority of my career addressing this area
Information Technology Skills I have constantly strived to develop my I.T. skills, whether this is software development or building bespoke systems for clients. I have delivered software tutoring courses since 2000 on a freelance perspective, College courses and via WEA (Workers Education Authority)
Delivery Skills Level 1 Football Coach, Sports Leader, Asdan Qualified, Keyfund facilitator, Arts Award facilitator, Smoking Cessation Specialist, Mentoring, XL Advisor, I.T. Tutor
September 2016 TCI – Therapeutic Crisis Intervention – trained and certificated
June 2016 Level 2 Award for working as a door supervisor within the Private Security Industry
February 2014 Level 8 FA Referee, West Riding Football Association
September 2013 Level 1 FA Football Coach, North Riding Football Association
April 2012 NCFE Level 1 Photography, York College
October 2011 Team-Teach Basic Training completed and awarded (Certificate Number: JFRE(concealed information)).
September 2011 Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Award in Construction (QCF) – Health & Safety and Welfare in Construction – Developing Construction Drawing Skills.
June 2011 BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Extra) (ITQ).
January 2010 The Prince’s Trust XL Adviser Induction Training awarded, enabling Asdan qualifications to be offered across different settings.
January 2008 Affiliate member of the Institute for Learning (Registration Number: AB045376).
November 2006 OCR Level 4 NVQ in ‘Learning, Development and Support Services for Children, Young People and Those Who Care for Them’; New Futures, Sheffield.
September 2005 Dip HE in Addiction Studies, Foundation Module, successfully accumulated 30 credits at Level 2; Leeds Addiction Unit.
June 2005 The Diploma for Connexions ‘Personal Advisers’ – (Including ‘Understanding Connexions’ - 80 Credits at undergraduate intermediate level 2) Huddersfield University.
July 2003 Diploma in Applied Health Promotion, (120 CATS points at postgraduate level 2) Sheffield Hallam University.
July 2000 R.S.A. Teacher/Training Certificate in Information Technology, NVQ Level 4, Doncaster College.
December 1998 Foundation Module in Youth Work, Leisure Services DMBC (NVQ Level 2).
March 1998 BTEC NVQ Level 2 ‘Using Information Technology’, Doncaster College.
October 1997 Postgraduate Certificate In Health Service Management, Institute of Health Service Management, DHCT.
June 1986 Secretarial Studies Course (SSC1 - Pass), Scarborough Technical College.
June 1980 5 ‘O’ Levels, including English Language and Higher Mathematics, and 1 ‘A’ Level; English and European History.
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