Chloe Thomas - Junior Assessor

Topic

[Trainers and Assessors]

I applied to Baltic following the completion of my teacher training year. Initially, I found that my skills were well suited to the job description and person specification, but after researching into the company more, I discovered that my values and aims were aligned with those of Baltic, so I knew I would be a good fit here.

I completed a degree in Broadcast Media Production at the University of Sunderland, which focused on television production, radio production and producing content for an array of media platforms. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree, I decided I wanted to move into teaching, with the hope that my passion for the subject would ignite the passion of those I would teach.

My previous roles have been quite varied. I began my working life as a customer assistant at Tesco, and then got promoted to an admin role within the business. I found that my background in customer service was very helpful when I progressed to teaching - a lot of the principles of customer service apply to the world of education; it is vital that you are able to get the job done, have the right attitude to work, be able to problem solve and build a strong rapport with those you work with.

In addition to my qualifications in media and teaching, I also have experience running a small business in media production. Not only does this support my development as a media practitioner, it also allows me to build transferable skills that supports my professional development.

Working at Baltic

I am currently completing my first week at Baltic, so I am still getting to grips with the ins and outs of the company and the role!

I will be responsible for learners completing their apprenticeships, ensuring that they are up to date with all the tasks that are expected of them. In addition to this, I will provide a range of support and guidance throughout their studies, ensuring they have an action plan in place to work towards completing their qualification.

I wanted to work for Baltic because I really liked their values and mission, as well as the overall ethos of the company. It has always been important to me that I feel supported in my career to achieve new qualifications and continue with my professional development, and this is something that Baltic are clearly really passionate about providing for their employees. As well as this, Baltic have a really dedicated rewards programme and provide quarterly treats for their staff. Overall, Baltic clearly care a lot about the wellbeing of their staff and ensure that there is the opportunity of progression for those that really put the effort in.

I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone that I will be working with! I am a very social person so it is always exciting to meet new people! I am also really looking forward to helping learners make good progress throughout their course and achieve their qualification at the end of the course. I like to know that the work that I do will make a difference, and at Baltic I really feel like it will.

#1 Item on Bucket List

I would love to own a massive house with huge gardens so I could own loads of dogs. I realise this is probably a very childish dream but I love dogs and to be surrounded by them constantly sounds perfect!

Interesting Fact

I often have some of my filming work shown during the sports sections of ITV Tyne Tees and BBC Look North News at 6!

Greatest Achievement 

My greatest achievements are probably the qualifications I have achieved at University! My education has required a lot of hard work and dedication over the years and I am really proud of how much I have achieved.

Hobbies and Interests

At the weekend, I film the Billingham Stars Ice Hockey Club, which is something I have done since January 2015. My family has watched Ice Hockey for generations so somehow an interest in ice hockey seemed inescapable.

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