Iain Collier - Assessor

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[Trainers and Assessors]

I was working for a national training and apprenticeship provider mostly in the north east on a variety of apprenticeships including Digital Marketing, and heard of Baltic through another employee. I liked the idea of using IT to teach IT and was delighted when I was offered the position as assessor.

I was born and raised in Northumberland and attended school in Newcastle. My qualifications come from within work as I have been able to progress my own qualifications during my employment. Hence why I am such a strong advocate for workplace learning. I have achieved a Management qualification followed by a post graduate award in Training and Development. I gained my assessors and internal verification awards whilst working in Gateshead and got my teaching awards whilst working in the local college.

I have worked on apprenticeship programmes for some years now and really enjoy the interaction with learners. I started working on qualifications when working for a electrical manufacturing company in Gateshead when they wished to develop awards for their staff. The chosen route was then NVQ's and I was asked to take this forward. I progressed within this role getting to be their Group HR Manager. Moving from there I then worked for two Police Forces in an HR and Training capacity and then into a local college where I lectured and assessed in Management, coaching and foundation degrees. Some time self employed followed and then I worked for a national training and apprenticeship provider mostly in the north east on a variety of apprenticeships including Digital Marketing.

I have had the privilege of serving in the Territorial Army (now the Reserves) and believe that the skills that I developed of working in teams, organising, planning and co-ordination, coupled with my interpersonal skills give me some of the transferable knowledge and experience for my role.

Working at Baltic

I have worked for Baltic since the beginning of April 2019.

I work as an assessor for learners undertaking apprenticeships, mostly in Digital Marketing and am now developing to working with learners for the IT Infrastructure Technician's course. I am involved from the beginning of the apprenticeship courses and enjoy the interaction with my learners. I undertake reviews every six weeks with each learner, teach aspects of the course, during these reviews and guide the learners through the competency aspects of their course. I set and explain the assessment plans and assess these against the standards. I arrange and monitor each learner's progression.

I wanted to work for Baltic because of the opportunity to use IT to teach and assess IT.

I am most looking forward to continuing to develop my skills and experience to the benefit of my learners and the company.

#1 Item on Bucket List

Seeing the Northern Lights as I have always been fascinated with the night sky.

Interesting Fact

Being interviewed by ITV Tyne Tees News about an Army exercise that I was running. My five minutes of fame!!

Greatest Achievement

Abseiling in Wales as I don't like heights!!

Hobbies and Interests

I really enjoy walking and as we have a dog I will be found outside taking him for long walks and as we are close to the countryside we can go miles in the fresh air.

I also enjoy cooking, especially curry and spending time with my family as we discover parts of our local heritage. I also have an interest in history and this means we will often be enjoying places of local interest as well.

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