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Business skills

Business skills

Course trainers

Tracy

Training & development officer

Toluwalase

Training & development officer

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Toluwalase

Training & development officer

I’m a trainer for L&D apprenticeships. I support organisations to build people capability, drive a learning culture and inspire employees to take control of their professional development. With a natural flair for process and people performance-being involved in creative and strategic thinking, helping others achieve success and contributing value are few of the things on my motivation list.

Trevor

Training & development officer

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Trevor

Training & development officer

I have a vast experience in trade, entertainment and retail. I took the plunge back in 2007 to become an assessor and never looked back. I qualified as an assessor back in 2007 and I have loved teaching and learning for the last 16 years and the last five years at Realise. Which I have to say has been an experience that I have enjoyed most out of my training career.

James

Senior functional skills tutor

Karina

Functional skills tutor

Margaret

Functional skills tutor

Tracey

Functional skills tutor

Lynsey

Training & development officer

Mairi

Training & development officer

Mashud

Training & development officer

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Mashud

Training & development officer

I am an experienced assessor and trainer, delivering retail, customer service and business administration from level 2 to Level 4. I have been working in the industry for the last seven years and started working with Realise in October 2018. I have a bachelor degree in economics and masters in business administration. I have more than 10 years of experience in retail and business administration. Ever since I have moved into this role, I have enjoyed it immensely as it has been both challenging and rewarding at the same time. I always try to keep myself extremely organised and have a flexible approach to my workload.

I am a proud dad of two lovely kids and love to enjoy my time with my family. Besides my work and family life, it’s all about sport. sport is my passion and hobby. I love to watch football, cricket and tennis. I am a die-hard fan of Manchester United and closely follow English County Championships. I am also a big fan of Roger Federer.

Melania

Training & development officer

Paul

Training & development officer

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Paul

Training & development officer

I am a trainer at Realise delivering associate project manager. After working in operations and projects for over 20 years, it is great to share my experiences and knowledge and you can’t beat that feeling of seeing confidence grow in an individual on the programme.

Raylia

Training & development officer

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Raylia

Training & development officer

Hi, I’m Raylia and I have been a qualified Tutor-trainer/Assessor for over 16 years delivering teaching and learning within the private and public sectors. During my time working in this field, I have designed and delivered diverse apprenticeship and training programmes covering a variety of topics and subjects. I have guided and trained hundreds of individuals to achieve their goals and aspirations, whether this be a qualification, a promotion, new employment or just providing support where needed.

I am an enthusiastic and engaging individual who thrives on the success of others achieving their potential and exceeding their expectations.  I believe learning should be challenging but should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience at the same time.

Saima

Training & development officer

Sarah

Trainer assessor

Shakir

Training & development officer

Shaun

Performance manager

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Shaun

Performance manager

I have two roles within Realise, my primary role is to train and develop the future generation of leaders and managers within any organisation and sector with success. The key aim is to allow apprentices to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to provide the foundations of exemplary management and leadership qualities.

My secondary role is to provide key support to all tutors to ensure the values and behaviours of Realise are embedded within our delivery model.

Suzanne

Training & development officer

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Suzanne

Training & development officer

I have been in the industry since 2013, delivering various subjects from fundraising and marketing to counter terrorism & hostile reconnaissance! I love working through the apprenticeships and watching my learners knowledge and confidence grow and am very proud of what I do. Every day is different, which suits me perfectly.

Manuel

Training & development officer

Martine

Training & development officer

Margaret

Training & development officer

Michelle

Training & development officer

Mohammad

Training & development officer

Suzanne

Training & development officer

Alix

Training & development officer

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Alix

Training & development officer

I have been in work based learning for nearly 15 years and seen many changes, with the move across to standards the most significant and I feel this has added real value to the apprentice programmes we deliver. Being a curriculum lead I have also had the opportunity to create bespoke delivery models so that every apprenticeship journey can be different and suit the learners and their employers in the best possible way and support them to end point assessment.

Andrew

Training & development officer

Claire

Training & development officer

Donna

Training & development officer

Eileen

Senior training development officer

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Eileen

Senior training & development officer

I have been working for Realise for over 4 years and have been delivering a variety of apprenticeships for the last 16 years. I love to see my learners grow and develop and build trust and confidence with them so that they achieve their goals. I wouldn’t want to do anything else now!

Kate

Trainer assessor

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Kate

Trainer assessor

I am a qualified and experienced trainer with almost 20 years of experience in the industry. With extensive experience in customer service, retail and business administration, working in these sectors since the age of 15. I have a plethora of knowledge and skills to support learners at various stages of their career. Along with my excellent and cheery communication skills, I love supporting people and it is a pleasure to see them succeed in achieving their goals and aspirations.

Lisa

Training & development officer

Lovern

Training & development officer

Luci

Trainer assessor

Christopher

Training & development officer

David

Training & development officer

Ella

Training & development officer

Felicity

Training & development officer

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Felicity

Training & development officer

I have extensive customer service experience, this started off when I worked as a telephonist for a luxury hotel chain. I worked my way up through various roles to wedding and special events manager. I have now worked within the work based learning and welfare to work industry for 11 years, again in varied roles gaining lots of experience. I have worked for Realise for just under 4 years now, and have supported lots of learners through their apprenticeships with great success.

Jane

Training & development officer

Kwabena

Training & development officer

Kelly

Trainer assessor

Laura-Claire

Training & development officer

Lindsay

Training & development officer

Alison

Senior training development officer

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Alison

Senior training & development officer

I work as a senior training and development officer in the business skills sector and I have over 15 years’ experience within the industry, I have worked here at Realise for just over 3 years. As well as supporting my performance manager, I work on the BT contract delivering customer service and retail management apprenticeships in Openreach and EE.

Business skills

Support team

Atiyya

Sales executive

Angela

Head of business skills

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Angela

Head of business skills

My role here at Realise is to provide leadership to the business skills sector, having 19 years experience in the industry of delivering and managing apprenticeships in this sector. As well as leading five apprenticeship delivery teams for 14 different programmes, I work closely with our employers to ensure we are providing an excellent service that will meet both the learners and employers needs.

James

Performance manager

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James

Performance manager

I’ve been working in the industry since around 2004, and one of my first roles was as a skills for life tutor, delivering key skills (numeracy and literacy) sessions to groups of motor and hair apprentices. I then became an assessor, and then a performance manager. I enjoy working in this industry as no two days are ever the same!

Kayleigh

Sales executive

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Kayleigh

Sales executive

I have come from 8 years working as a recruitment and sales manager for two large further education recruitment specialist providers. I was responsible for managing a team of 11 recruiting for trainers, lecturers, assessors, end point assessors, learning support assistants all the way up to senior executives. I worked with colleges, independent training providers, local authorities, charities and all of the prisons and youth offender institutes across the UK.
Here at Realise, I have taken my past experiences and have now become one of the sales executives covering our business skills sector. My role includes supporting employers with both finding apprentices for vacancies they may have or signing up current employees for one of the following apprenticeships: customer service, business admin, HR, team leader/supervisor and operations or department manager Level 5.
I am a mother of 2 boys, well teenagers now, and we are a big football household having season tickets at Tottenham Hotspurs (for our sins). Anything football related, you have my attention.
I spend the majority of my life on the side lines of a football pitch watching and supporting my boys and enjoy travelling abroad and seeing the world as well as going on long country walks.

Sandra

Performance manager

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Sandra

Performance manager

I’m a performance manager with over 20 years management experience. I have been with the company for nine years and prior to working in the training industry I worked in hospitality.

Elisha

Account manager

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Elisha

Account Manager

I have over 11 years’ experience In the Training and Apprenticeship industry and have worked for Realise for nearly 9 years in previous roles as an NVQ Assessor, Team Leader and Performance manager.

My current role at Realise is a Key Account Manager responsible for building and maintaining Key relationships across a portfolio of large employers, supporting them to develop their people through apprenticeships within the business skills sector.

James

Head of account management

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James

Head of Account Management

Me and my team support our large employer partnerships here at Realise. I have been part of the Realise team for the past 4 years and have been working with large employers mobilising and managing high performing apprenticeship programmes for around 15 years. I spend alot of my spare time travelling in our motorhome (much to the dismay of my teenage daughters) and sampling the odd single malt here and there!

Ross

Account manager

Karen

Account manager

Tracy

Performance manager

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Tracy

Senior training & development officer

Over 20 years ago my career in training started by working with the unemployed including school leavers and adults. From this start point, I have worked in various roles across training including developing new programmes for delivery, assisting to launch a new training provider and the development of a hospitality academy within a hotel. Managing projects has been at the heart of everything I have done and this has helped with the development of the APM apprenticeship. My main role now is to oversee the development and delivery of our associate project management apprenticeship to support apprentices to become efficient, successful project managers.

Adult education

Adult education

Course trainers

Dave

Tutor

Neil

Tutor

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Neil

Tutor

I have been a tutor for over 15 years and most of those years teaching adults. I came to Realise over 5 years ago from another company and have delivered sessions on multiple contracts. I am often told that my patience and empathy, obtained by a lifetime of experiences, help me to connect with my learners and make them feel at ease.

Linda

Employability skills tutor

Lynn

Tutor

Mark

ESOL tutor

Adult education

Support team

Michelle

Performance manager

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Michelle

Performance manager

I am the performance manager for the adult education for Yorkshire area. I have worked within the education sector for over 13 years. I am a qualified hairdresser, assessor and tutor. I have also managed teams of assessors across various sectors including hospitality and health and social care, and also have experience of liaising with stakeholders. I am passionate about the education sector.

Toni

Regional partnership manager

Bev

Learner coordinator

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Bev

Learner coordinator

I have significant experience working with individuals, schools, colleges, employers and stakeholders engaged with government funded training and employment programmes and I have developed personally and professionally by working in a rapidly changing sector.

Jake

Learner coordinator

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Jake

Learner coordinator

A communication and media & film Studies graduate who works within core skills as a learner coordinator – helping referrals narrow down exactly what they want to achieve, how Realise can help them achieve this and propel their confidence, knowledge and eagerness to strive for better; whether a new job or gaining a detailed awareness of their chosen area.

Health & social care

Health & social care

Course trainers

Petronella

Training & development officer

Sharron

Functional skills tutor

Tracey

Tutor

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Tracey

Tutor

I am a qualified health and social care trainer who has 21 years experience within the sector.

Felistas

Training & development officer

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Felistas

Training & development officer

I have been working for Realise for just under four years. Delivering apprenticeships is the most rewarding job. Giving career opportunities to those who never had a chance or lack confidence. Realise is a very supportive employer that puts the employee’s needs first. As a mum of 2 demanding boys, the job is flexible and works well round my personal life. There is a good balance of personal and work life.

Gemma

Senior training development officer

Hailey

Senior training development officer

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Hailey

Senior training & development officer

I have worked in many different care settings, working with lots of different people and clients with a wide range of needs. I have worked in adult social care all my life and is something I am very passionate about. I love meting new people and discussing new ideas and strategies. I really feel that as a sector we sometimes get left behind and I love seeing staff progress through qualifications and gain the recognition they deserve.

Jean

Training & development officer

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Jean

Training & development officer

I have worked at Realise for 2 years but I have been an assessor since 1993. I enjoy working with others and have developed my skills for management and the delivery of functional skills since my employment. I work in the north west health and social care team and have specialised in clinical areas and dementia.

Joanna

Training & development officer

Kerry

Training & development officer

Lorraine

Training & development officer

Loveness

Training & development officer

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Loveness

Training & development officer

I was born in Zimbabwe. Moved to Zambia when I was three then moved back to Zimbabwe when It was 16. I attended the University of Zimbabwe where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and a PGCE . I relocated to England in 2002. I have worked in health and social care since 2008.

Lyn-Marie

Training & development officer

Lytreena

Training & development officer

Fozeia

Training & development officer

Joanna

Training & development officer

Katy

Training & development officer

Margaret

Tutor

Michelle

Training & development officer

Michelle

Training & development officer

Angela

Training & development officer

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Angela

Training & development officer

I am part of the fantastic north west health and social care team. I started to work with the company nine years ago and during this time I have seen many changes – all for the better! I have seen the sector grow and develop into what it is today. I currently deliver the level 2 and 3 apprenticeships and I have my qualifications for the quality assurrance position. My specialist subject is the mental health sector of which I have many years experience. I also deliver the functional skills English and maths. Realise has supported me to be the best that I can be and always supports and encourages personal growth.

Anna

Functional skills tutor

Annmarie

Training & development officer

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Annmarie

Training & development officer

I have been working in the social care sector since I was 19. Starting off as a care co-ordinator and community carer and progressing onto be a registered manager at 23. I trained to become an assessor after being a manager for five years. I have been assessing now for 8 years with Realise. I love my role being able to support carers to better themselves and the role has definitely evolved in the past eight years!

Carol

Training & development officer

Charlene

Training & development officer

Charlotte

Senior training development officer

Claire

Training & development officer

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Claire

Training & development officer

I am a health and social care assessor and I have been in the training sector completing apprenticeships and delivering learning since October 2013, in this time have also been involved in course development and delivery of learning for a wide variety of subjects. I have been in the care sector since 2004 where I was the homes deputy manager and I have both my assessors and my teaching qualifications.

Deborah

Training & development officer

Deborah

Training & development officer

Donna

Training & development officer

Emma

Tutor

Ann

Training & development officer

Christine

Trainee training & development officer

Health & social care

Support team

Wendy

Performance manager

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Wendy

Performance manager

I’ve worked for Realise for nine years. I have 15 years experience in health and social Care. I started as an assessor then progressed to lead assessor, then senior training and development officer then performance manager. I absolutely love my role, and have always held a passion for health and social care.

Anne-Marie

Performance manager

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Anne-Marie

Performance manager

I started my career has a trainee assessor for childcare, and then progressed further into a quality assurer role, progression extended within the company and career progression moved in to performance manager job role. My job role supports a positive delivery of apprenticeship programmes, supporting employers and learners in supporting others to be successful in their career pathway, and support a team, ensuring we provide the best training programmes to tailor individual needs for each employer within the care sector.

Catherine

Business development executive

Jason

Head of health & social care

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Jason

Head of health & social care

The head of health and social care sector is a rewarding role, I’m proud to say over the recent pandemic period we have supported learners and employers and have not forgotten what an important place they have in our society. I have worked in further education for almost 30 years in different roles. I’m married with an 18 year old daughter. I like my family holidays and the outdoors, I have a run every morning and venture out on my mountain bike weather permitting. Long country walks with wife and going to the gym keep me busy. A few years ago I decided to dip my toe in property development and would like to continue with this in the future. To relax Netflix is my go to cant beat a box set.

Joanne

Account executive

Lesley

Account manager

Martin

Business development manager

Ross

Performance manager

Sandra

Performance manager

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Sandra

Performance manager

I am a qualified manager, assessor, quality assurer and trainer in health and social care and management. I have many years experience in the sector first qualifying as a social worker and then specialising in training. I’ve always been passionate about driving the recognition of the experience and enormous dedication of care staff and managers through qualifications and training. I currently manage a team in the south.

Warren

Business development executive

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Warren

Business development executive

I have a background in welfare to work and a passion for supporting apprenticeships to all ages, I speacialise in business development, guiding employers through the process of placing the right learner on the right program to ensure a successful outcome, and to be an ongoing point of contact for employers and apprentices through the learning journey.

Passenger transport

Passenger transport

Course trainers

Richard

Functional skills tutor

Richard

Training & development officer

Rochelle

Training & development officer

Shabab

Training & development officer

Sophie

Training & development officer

Steven

Training & development officer

Tracey

Training & development officer

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Tracey

Training & development officer

I have 19 years’ experience in passenger transport as a driver, mentor, supervisor and trainer. I have worked for Realise as a trainer since January 2020. My role gives me great opportunities to share the knowledge and skills that I have developed over the last 19 years in passenger transport. Working with and supporting new and established drivers to give them the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to become a professional driver in the bus industry.

Yasmin

Training & development officer

John

Training & development officer

Angela

Training & development officer

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Angela

Training & development officer

I have been in the transport sector as a driver and trainer for 27 years in all. I am married to my wife Hayley, we have 8 children between us and I love delivering the apprenticeship for Realise, its a proactive company and supportive of its employees in every sector.

Craig

Functional skills tutor

David

Training & development officer

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David

Training & development officer

I have been in the transport industry for over 16 years. My job roles have ranged being a bus driver, coach driver, transport manager and now a trainer where i get to share my experiences and knowledge with people joining this amazing industry.

Eric

Training & development officer

Guy

Training & development officer

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Guy

Training & development officer

I am a highly enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated training professional, specialising in the bus and coach industry. Combining both industry knowledge and training experience to achieve personal and business objectives. A confident and innovative facilitator who successfully encourages others to engage in learning and development at all levels. With over 40 years experience in the bus and coach industry which includes over 20 years as a trainer, I strive to provide the opportunities for each and every learner to succeed.
I was the first trainer in the country to have learners achieve their end point assessment in the passenger transport apprenticeship, something I am immensely proud of.

John

Training & development officer

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John

Training & development officer

I started driving local buses in 2006. Since then I have progressed to service manager, revenue protection and finally into training around 2015. I even drove National Express coaches for a while! At Realise I deliver workshops to level 2 bus driver apprentices and support them with their development.

Mark

Training & development officer

Martin

Training & development officer

Martyn

Functional skills tutor

Michael

Senior training development officer

Natalie

Training & development officer

Amy

Functional skills tutor

Averil

Functional skills tutor

David

Training & development officer

Jamie

Training & development officer

John

Functional skills tutor

Passenger transport

Support team

Paul

Performance manager

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Paul

Performance manager

I joined Realise as a trainer after working as a CPC instructor. I saw the value of the apprenticeship within the industry and wanted to be part of it. I worked closely with learners delivering workshops and providing guidance and support. After a year I became a performance manager, still working closely with learners and my small team.

Peter

Performance manager

Wayne

Performance manager

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Wayne

Performance manager

I joined Realise in 2018. Prior to that I worked for Stagecoach for 12 years, spending 8 years as a driver and 4 years as a trainer. I have been promoted twice since joining and I am now performance manager responsible for 5 regions. I have loved the challenges my new role has presented, developing me not only professionally but as a person too. I am proud to work for Realise and in particular the passenger transport sector.

Kairon

Head of passenger transport

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Kairon

Head of passenger transport

I’m Kairon, head of transport for Realise and I’ve been with the business for just over six years. I joined as a bid coordinator apprentice back in the summer of 2015 and made the move into operations in January 2019 and I’ve never looked back. My current role is leading and growing the transport team (currently a team of 30), who deliver the passenger transport bus driver level 2 apprenticeship, in partnership with leading transport operators.

Lynn

Performance manager

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Lynn

Performance manager

As part of the transport team I manage the functional skills delivery to our business partners alongside having a passion for education, sharing skills, knowledge and my humour! I enjoy meeting people and this role keeps me happy as I meet new people all the time. Life is good and I am part of a fabulous team.

Matthew

Account manager

Corporate services

Corporate services

Support team

Carol

Finance assistant

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Carol

Finance assistant

I have worked in the finance department for Realise since 2008. I haven’t always worked in finance here but this is where I’m happiest as numbers are the only thing I’ve ever really enjoyed or been good at. I’m married to the most worried man and have two children.

Elizabeth

Head of reporting & management accounts

Kevin

Analyst & insight business advisor

Lisa

Analyst & insight business advisor

Michael

Finance assistant

Chris

Business change manager

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Chris

Business change manager

I’m a business change manager for Realise, I’ve been here since October ’16 so have seen a lot of change over the years. The projects i work on are varied, could be front line trainers. It could be a new system implementation, performance related or projects about improving the exerience our own teams have working at Realise. Whatever the project i work on they all tend to have the same goal. The Right Learner, Right Programme.

Stuart

Project manager

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Stuart

Project Manager

I am an experienced project manager that has been with Realise since 2017. I specialise in projects to mobilise new contracts with large employers and also business change projects. Outside of work I enjoy supporting my family, the natural world and walking my dog.

Athisham

IT support analyst

Patrick

IT manager

Ron

Senior infrastructure analyst

Sarah

Operations support manager / PA

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Sarah

Operations support manager / PA

I have been with the business for just under 18 years, my role has grown significantly over the years, it’s completely varied and no two days are ever the same!

Gregg

Managing director

Lesley

Quality & compliance director

Mark

Business development director

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Mark

Business development director

I  support the profitable growth of Realise. This incorporates all our sales, marketing, bidding, and account management activity. I joined in February 2015 and live in Bristol.

Sarah

Chair

Steven

Finance director

Sue

People director

Jemma

People administrator

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Jemma

People administrator

I have worked in the business for the last six years, where I was originally employed as a trainer in the Business Skills team. I delivered qualifications towards retail, business admin, customer service, team leader and management, specialising in retail due to coming from a retail background. I went on to support in curriculum writing for a while then recently moved in to the HR team, where I am now completing my own apprenticeship in HR.

Sarah

People manager

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Sarah

People manager

Hi I’m Sarah the People Manager at Realise. I originally started with the company as a trainer guiding apprentices through their HR apprenticeships. When we left Interserve, there was an opportunity to move into HR. We are a newly formed HR team and we have completey set up the HR function (its still evolving!). I have worked on the HR and learner management system set ups, delivering the people strategy alongside the usual HR Operations.

James

Recruitment coordinator

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James

Recruitment coordinator

I work in the HR team, recruiting internally across the business. I’ve worked for Realise since January 2018, originally on the sales team, but made the move to learner recruitment after 6 months or so. After 3 years or so, I made the move over to the HR team!

Christopher

Business development manager

Beth

Digital marketing executive

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Beth

Digital marketing executive

I help to create new, exciting and engaging content for the Realise website and social media. to increase awareness of our brand and courses online. Working on the digital side of Realise is fascinating, there is always something to do and you can see the impact of your work.

Joanne

Training support coordinator

Labib

Inbound service coordinator

Thomas

Facilities coordinator

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Thomas

Facilities coordinator

I first joined Realise back in 2014 originally as an apprentice in what was our customer engagement team. My role was speaking to businesses and advising them about apprenticeships and how they can help their business grow and succeed. I’m an honest person and it wasn’t something I was particularly successful at however the people at Realise saw something in me that I did not. They invested in me and showed faith allowing me to grow with the company and move into the role of facilities coordinator which I have been doing ever since. Since September I have also taken on the responsibility of being the health and safety officer.

Alex

Marketing manager

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Alex

Marketing Manager

I head up the marketing and external communications team at Realise. We are reponsible for promoting all of the great work happening across the business. I have a varied role and I absolutely love it!

Martin

Head of business development

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Martin

Head of business development

Over 11 years’ experience within the education, skills and employment sector helping businesses to grow by winning tenders and bids. Successfully led, supported and secured over £110m of public and private sector funding from the ESFA (including ESF), employers (to maximise their apprenticeship levy), devolved mayoral combined authorities for AEB and international bids.

Lisa

Business development manager

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Lisa

Business development manager

I am a business development manager and I have worked in sales since leaving school, working for training providers for the last nine years. I have worked for Realise for three and a half years, currently managing business skills and hair and barbering sales teams.

Matthew

Creative & digital officer

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Matthew

Creative & digital officer

I am passionate about all creative work and marketing. Love being out with my cameras, editing, designing and looking into all the latest digital trends.

Gemma

Learning content design executive

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Gemma

Learning content design executive

My job keeps me busy as I design pretty much everything for Realise, from flyers and business cards to social media images, GIF’s and graphics for offices. I love a good challenge and working on multiple projects at the same time makes my job a lot more fun!

Early years & education

Early years & education

Course trainers

Stephanie

Trainer assessor

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Stephanie

Trainer assessor

I have been teaching and assessing for 12 years. Before this I worked as an early years practitioner and deputy manager in day nurseries with children under 5. I am very passionate about innovative ways of improving the childcare industry and ensuring children get the best start in life and encourage my learners to think about this whilst completing their qualifications

Susan

Trainer assessor

Suzanne

Functional skills tutor

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Suzanne

Functional skills tutor

I’ve worked in the further education sector, been head of faculty for both early years and health and social care, worked as external verifier to meet national standards for early years and have had educational materials published. I now support the childcare learners with their functional skills and the learner is at the heart of everything I do, tailoring the delivery to meet the learners needs so they can achieve their exams in maths and English, building confidence in every individual to develop skills and life opportunities.

Tracey

Trainer assessor

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Tracey

Trainer assessor

I have been a qualified childcare trainer assessor for 15 years, prior to this I gained 10 years’ experience as a practitioner as well as management in early years. I have a degree in education as well as quality assurance qualifications and more recently qualified to deliver first aid.

Zoe

Trainer assessor

Tracey

Trainer assessor

Trudy

Trainer assessor

Lisa

Trainer assessor

Megan

Trainer assessor

Melanie

Trainer assessor

Rachel

Trainer assessor

Sasha

Trainer assessor

Safeena

Trainer assessor

Samantha

Trainer assessor

Lindsey

Curriculum lead

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Lindsey

Trainer assessor

I am a passionate and motivated trainer who loves to help others become the best that they can be! I am a qualified teacher and have worked in all aspects of the childcare sector from being a nanny to nursery settings. I love developing curriculum and supporting learning as part of my job role!

Mandy

Trainer assessor

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Mandy

Trainer assessor

I am into my 13th year as a Trainer Assessor, i have experience of managing 2 private day nurseries and have a lot f passion for childcare. I want to be able to share that passion with apprentices and help to teach and guide them into being .competent practitioners. I am also a qualified Paediatric First Aid trainer and deliver this alongside the standard qualifications.

Nicola

Trainer assessor

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Nicola

Trainer assessor

I’m a qualified childcare trainer who has 10 years’ experience within the industry. I have a degree in childhood studies and I spent three years prior to that working in a nursery working my way up from nursery nurse to deputy manager before making the leap into education – where I’ve never looked back. I love supporting others to achieve their goals within childcare.

Nola

Trainer assessor

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Nola

Trainer assessor

I am a Childcare Trainer with over 22 years experience in Childcare. I have had varied roles and experience including; working in a school, private day nursery, special educational needs support and Children’s & Young People’s Services before becoming an Assessor. I have been assessing for 12 years, I specialise as a Safeguarding Deputy.

Rachel

Trainer assessor

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Rachel

Trainer assessor

I completed my BTEC National Diploma In Nursery Nursing in 1995 and over the next 10 years worked my way up in nurseries in Leicestershire to becoming a general manager for a small chain of 2 nurseries, 1 preschool and 3 after school provisions. I qualified as an assessor and level 4 manager in 2005 which is when I first became an assessor. I briefly returned to childcare management for a year after getting made redundant. I previously worked for Smart Training, TWL/Intraining and more recently Learndirect for 7 years as a trainer assessor and support champion where I supported new team members as well as managing a caseload of learners. I have now worked for Realise for just over 4 years and deliver childcare qualifications in the East Midlands and also paediatric first aid. I was also involved in the early stages of curriculum development for our early years educator level 3 standard and deliver 2 webinars. I have also recently joined the social values team.

Rebecca

Trainer assessor

Rebecca

Trainer assessor

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Rebecca

Trainee trainer assessor

I am a trainer assessor for the north west childcare team. I started out as a level 3 apprentice in a private day nursery in 2013 and gradually worked my way up to a senior practitioner. I went on to get my foundation degree in early years and then my BA Hons in childhood studies. Once I had received my degree I wanted to use it, along with my experience to help others begin their journey’s in the childcare sector.

Samantha

Trainer assessor

Sandra

Trainer assessor

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Sandra

Trainer assessor

I have worked in the childcare sector for approximately 35 years in many roles. I am passionate about early years and making sure our children get the very best start in life, with the very best early years practitioners. Todays little ones are tomorrows leaders and innovators.

Sarah

Trainer assessor

Shelley

Trainer assessor

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Shelley

Trainer assessor

I am a qualified trainer assessor for childcare. My experience is within early years settings, where I was a nursery manager, room leader and deputy. My experience, gained in the last 25 years, has given me the passion and commitment to give something back and be that trainer for my specialist subjects.

I have come a long way in my current role, my confidence has grown with Realise, I am delivering many webinars across the early years educator and teaching assistant standards. I always look forward to seeing my learners going into gateway and achieving their apprenticeships which makes me feel like a very proud trainer when they do.

Claire

Trainer assessor

Claire

Trainer assessor

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Claire

Trainer assessor

I did my NVQ level 3 in childcare, then worked my way up to a management role, I then trained as an assessor and I have been assessing in childcare for 11 years now, I absolutely love the role!

Claire

Trainer assessor

Emmah

Trainer assessor

Gemma

Trainer assessor

Jane

Trainer assessor

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Jane

Trainer assessor

I have worked within early years for the last 20 years. This has included working in nurseries, pre-schools, schools and as a child-minder. I have been a trainer for the last five years and absolutely love working with apprentices to help them achieve their goals. I am currently studying a degree in childhood and youth studies.

Janet

Functional skills tutor

Karen

Trainer assessor

Julia

Trainer assessor

Laura

Trainer assessor

Katie

Trainer assessor

Kavita

Trainer assessor

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Kavita

Trainer assessor

I started my career by chance when i got offered to work at a nursery, as support staff for holiday club and it changed my life. I worked my way through level 2, and 3 apprenticeship, and became a room leader, I was supporting apprentices at the nursery as their mentor and I had a great assessor myself who influenced me to want to become an assessor. I continued developing myself as a nursery practitioner for 10 years before I took the step to complete my assessors qualification. I have been assessing now for 6 years and I can’t think of anything better. I love going to visit settings and seeing my learners, from seeing them progress through their careers and develop to be fantastic practitioners. Being an assessor is so rewarding.

Kelly

Trainer assessor

Kerry

Trainer assessor

Kim

Trainer assessor

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Kim

Trainer assessor

I have worked in childcare for the last 15 years. Six years as a practitioner in nurseries and pre schools and four years as a deputy manager. I wanted to challenge myself and do something a little bit different but still in childcare and decided to train to be an assessor which I have been now for the last five years. I am passionate about early years and love seeing new practitioners blossom into educators and work their way up the career ladder in their settings.

Kirsty

Trainer assessor

Leah

Trainer assessor

Alice

Trainer assessor

Anna

Trainer assessor

Camilla

Trainer assessor

Claire

Trainer assessor

Abigail

Trainer assessor

Aimee

Trainer assessor

Alisha

Trainer assessor

Amanda

Trainer assessor

David

Trainer assessor

Kay

Trainer assessor

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Kay

Trainer assessor

I have recently joined the Realise family as a trainee trainer assessor and I am loving every minute. I have always been fascinated by child development and have developed my career with experience in various roles within early years. I cannot wait to guide others to become fantastic practitioners who create magical moments for children.

Eve

Trainer assessor

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Eve

Trainer assessor

Before working for Realise, I had been nursery based for over 7 years. I have worked in everything from large, 250 children, work-place nurseries, to small private nurseries with 6 babies to a room. Before this I worked as a youth and children’s worker in a community centre. I am a qualified early years teacher with a passion for infant mental health, gaining a MA from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Mental Health Trust.

Early years & education

Support team

Lilly

Sales executive

Naomi

Sales manager

Morgan

Business administrator apprentice

Karen

Head of early years & education

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Karen

Head of early years & education

I am the head of childcare and education at Realise. I have 26 years’ experience in the sector, ranging from early years to working with pre-16 learners. I am also the lead safeguarding deputy for Realise which is a subject I am really passionate about.

Lesa

Sales executive

Christopher

Sales executive

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Christopher

Sales executive

I have worked in the apprenticeship sector for many years now, it is such a dynamic and innovative area to be involved in. I have seen many changes over the years, but one thing remains constant, ensuring that learners and employers get the absolute maximum benefit from enrolling onto an apprenticeship qualification. For me, an apprenticeship is a launchpad to a new career, or perhaps future career development. It allows employers to nurture the talent that their business will need to meet the challenges ahead, equipped with the knowledge and talent to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Matthew

Sales manager

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Matthew

Sales manager

I manage a team of sales staff who are responsible for obtaining new business with employers across the UK. We offer a wide range of childcare qualifications for employers and employees.

Jonny

Sales executive

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Jonny

Sales executive

I’ve been in the education sector for four years. I previously worked in the armed forces, as a lorry driver and in call centres. I’ve also completed two apprenticeships. I love to help companies with queries and help apprentices secure their dream job!

Olivia

Performance manager

Kyra

Sales executive

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Kyra

Sales executive

I am part of sales team here at Realise within the childcare sector, but I have worked in sales for a good number of years. I am still fairly new to this role but I have to say I absolutely love the job.

In my home life I have been married for 21 years and I am a proud mum of my two children, my son is 21 and at university and my daughter is 16 – not forgetting my fur baby springer spaniel Oscar!
I love the outdoors and enjoy walking, especially in the lake district…that is my happy place.

Angela

Performance manager

Declan

Sales executive

Kimberley

Performance manager

Kristin

Performance manager

Laura

Performance manager

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Laura

Performance manager

I am the Performance Manager in Yorkshire, Humber and Nottingham within the childcare and education sector.
I initially started my journey with ESG as we were then known, as a trainee trainer assessor in hair, barbering and beauty, after that through a secondment opportunity I became performance manager. I then moved to childcare where I have been in my current role for the last six years and continue to love the role and the passion within our sector. I have been part of the company for 9 years and I continue to enjoy every moment and I am thankful for the opportunities I have had during that time and the people I have met and worked with that have supported me to develop my own knowledge and skills as well as progressing within the business.

Hair & barbering

Hair & barbering

Course trainers

Holly

Training & development officer

Adele

Training & development officer

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Adele

Training & development officer

I have worked in hairdressing and barbering all my life. I come from a family of barbers and I have owned salons for the last 10 years. Hairdressing and barbering is my absolute passion and when you love what you do, you never really work. I started with Realise in 2021 as a trainer for hairdressing and barbering. I have previously delivered these qualifications at colleges. I love passing on my knowledge and passion to our learners entering the industry. I thoroughly enjoy my role and working with such an amazing team with the same passion as myself.

Anna

Senior training development officer

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Anna

Senior training & development officer

I am a qualified hair and barbering trainer, having worked in the industry for 20 years – running my own mobile business and as a salon manager, before becoming an assessor I completed my foundation degree in salon business management, going on to complete BA honours in business management. I started at Realise 6 years ago as an assessor, gained promotion in May 2020 to curriculum development officer – developing all our teaching resources and in April 2021 I was promoted to senior training and development officer.

Bridget

Training & development officer

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Bridget

Training & development officer

I have been working in the hairdressing and barbering, for more than 20 years as a training development officer. I have my certificate of education in teaching as well as many sector specific qualifications.
I really enjoy working with young people who are eager to learn about hairdressing or barbering, it gives me a lot of job satisfaction seeing them grow in confidence knowledge and perform new skills of what they have learnt to be able to complete their EPA with a distinction. I have worked for Realise for almost 9 years and work with some great people who have the passion for the job as I do. I also have a very supportive management team who are also great people to work with.

Jenny

Training & development officer

Jill

Training & development officer

Julia

Training & development officer

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Julia

Training & development officer

I have worked at Realise for 16 years and still counting! I am a trainer and I see different learners and employers every day, no two days are the same. I have taught so many learners to gain new skills and progress to owning their own salons and barbers. I really enjoy my work, still having hands on with the practical training and growing relationships with many talented hairdressers and barbers.

Karen

Training & development officer

Lisa

Training & development officer

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Lisa

Training & development officer

I am a highly motivated and conscientious individual with vast experience as a hairdresser and trainer. I also have many years of experience in customer service and the training of others within a school and college environment and as a manager at professional ownership level. I love my work as a trainer and take great pleasure in watching learners grow in confidence as they learn new skills, knowledge and behaviors that will give them the chance to succeed in their chosen career.

Natalie

Training & development officer

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Natalie

Training & development officer

I have worked at Realise for 6 years as a trainer within the hair and barbering sector. I have recenly also taken on the roles of social values champion and safeguarding and wellbeing deputy. I love what I do and have a great passion for hairdressing and also supporting other people. My passion is being able to deliver apprenticeships to learners and seeing them develop from having no knowledge or skills to then thriving in the industry as confident and fully qualified hairdressers and barbers.

Sherrel

Training & development officer

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Sherrel

Training & development officer

I have been in the hair and barbering industry for over 21 years. I have always had a real passion for teaching with quality at the heart of what I do. It’s the best feeling seeing the end result for a learner, after working with them throughout their journey.
I am currently the lead trainer for our new advanced and creative hairdressing level 3, it’s an amazing qualification and I’m proud to be delivering it and to have played a part in developing it!

Vanessa

Training & development officer

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Vanessa

Training & development officer

I started hairdressing at 15 years old, I have worked in the industry for 36 years, I started at has an apprentice working my way up through the ranks from stylist, senior stylist to management, working with a really big company for 17 years then at the age of 36, started to work in education starting with another provider, then moving to Realise where I have been for the past 10 years. I love to see my learners on their journey to enjoy a job that I love myself so much, it can be so rewarding just by getting a smile and thank you for helping them achieve their dreams

Hair & barbering

Support team

Amber

Head of hair & barbering

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Amber

Head of hair & barbering

I have been in this role for 13 years and love everything about it. Working with such inspirational, highly skilled and passionate people in the team is a massive highlight. Watching learners achieve the qualifications to an extremely high standard and then go on to higher qualifications or even opening own business is what it is all about. I’m very proud to work for such a forward thinking, diverse and a company that puts it staff at the forefront of everything

Elaine

Performance manager

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Elaine

Performance manager

10 years working in the hairdressing industry, then moved into further education delivering hairdressing qualifications within a college environment where I completed my Cert Ed qualification and then moved into work based training where I delivered hairdressing apprenticeships, I then completed my quality assurance award and worked in this field for two years until I was promoted to performance manager and I have been in the role ever since

Paula

Sales executive

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Paula

Sales executive

I’m the sales executive for the hairdressing and barbering sector. I love my job role and the team I work with. We are very creative and passionate people.

I have been in training providers settings for about 16 years across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire doing various roles from recruitment and sales to employability on a wide range of contracts for adult education, apprenticeships, and NEETs. I’m a South Yorkshire lass at heart but moved over to West Yorkshire six years ago and I have never looked back since.

Ella

Sales executive

Quality & curriculum

Quality & curriculum

Course trainers

Stella

Quality improvement coach

Mandy

Quality improvement coach

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Mandy

Quality improvement coach

Being in education and training for approximately twelve years, I have been able to gain a depth of knowledge and experience to support others and add value to any organisation..
Throughout my career I have managed people and led others to achieve, not only strategic goals, but personal goals and achievements. Previously to education I spent 14 years as a manager in the insurance field.
I volunteered for a local college as a governor and chaired a committee, which is wonderful continual profession development, adding value to my role and enabling me to share experiences with others. I also support a business, as a business manager, in my spare time.

Lisa

Quality improvement coach

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Lisa

Quality improvement coach

I have 11 years’ experience in HR/L&D and I’ve been with Realise 3 years now, delivering our Level 3/5 HR and L&D programmes as a training and development officer. I recently moved into the quality assurer role, to ensure we offer the best possible programmes to our learners.

Quality & curriculum

Support team

Louise

Quality improvement coach

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Louise

Quality improvement coach

I live close to Manchester and have worked within the adult education industry for the last 14 years, two of those with Realise. I currently deliver operational departmental manager level 5 and I am the curriculum lead for this sector. However, I am just about to start my new role as a quality assurer for adult education and look forward to this new challenge!

Matthew

Product development manager

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Matthew

Product development manager

Passionate about all aspects of learning and development and love seeing how technology is driving the improvement of the learner and educator experience in education. I have successfully worked in learning and development and vocational education in several large organisations across different sectors and I am also an experienced people manager.

Sarah

Delivery partner manager

Samuel

E-learning content designer

Stephanie

Internal quality assessor

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Stephanie

Internal quality assessor

I have worked for the company since 2007 starting as a trainee assessor coming from a busy salon background training was my passion. I delivered both hairdressing and barbering courses mainly in the South Yorkshire area for 10 years before moving over to the quality role which is my current job role. The role is different everyday which I love from curriculum development to supporting and building good practice.

Darren

EPA manager

Alison

Senior quality improvement coach

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Alison

Senior quality improvement coach

I look after the quality for the business skills sector. I have been part of work based learning for over 12 years covering many different sectors and roles.

Barry

Quality improvement & supply chain manager

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Barry

Quality improvement & supply chain manager

I have various experience over the last number of years working with large national training providers and colleges. I am employed as the quality manager and look after the growing transport sector, providers and employers who work with us. Very motivated person who loves to inspire our teams to improve and teach our new teachers and trainers how to be outstanding.

Caroline

Head of quality

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Caroline

Head of quality

I have worked within further education for around 20 years, starting as a business admin and customer service assessor at the age of 19. I worked my up within the industry into quality assurer, team leader, head of operations and finally quality business partner roles. Working within the education sector, especially apprenticeships is amazing as the positive impact that we have on the lives of our learners can be immeasurable. I love working for Realise, we have such a fantastic team spirit and working for a company who values its employees makes it an even better place to work.

Catherine

Quality improvement coach

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Catherine

Quality improvement coach

I am a quality assurer in health and social care. I have worked here for more than seven years, starting as a trainer assessor in 2013. I have worked in the health and social care sector in some capacity since leaving school in 1986, qualifying as a registered nurse (learning disability) in 1992 and have been working in the work based learning industry since 2003. I am also currently working towards my level 5 apprenticeship in learning and development.

Denise

Internal quality assessor

Emma

Quality improvement coach

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Emma

Quality improvement coach

I have worked for Realise for over 10 years in a variety of roles, mainly working in quality & curriculum for the last 7 years in the business skills sector supporting and developing trainers. I enjoy working for Realise where I have gained a great variety of new skills and knowledge over the years.

Kate

Senior internal quality assurer

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Kate

Senior internal quality assessor

My name is Kate Ellis I’m senior internal quality assurer, I have worked at Realise for some time (over 10 years). I have worked in adult education since I was 21, initially working in the health and social care sector. I am mum to Pembee aged 4 and step mum to Erol 19, I love cooking and gardening and spending time with family.

Kerry

Internal quality assessor

Kim

Safeguarding & welfare manager

Laura

Quality improvement coach

Lisa

Learning systems officer

Lynnsey

Internal quality assessor

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Lynnsey

Internal quality assessor

I am a qualified quality assurer who has 23 years experience working in the industry. I was an assessor for six years before being promoted to a quality assurer which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have worked for Realise for 17 years, I am currently completing my operational departmental manager level 5 apprenticeship and this has allowed me to develop my knowledge and skills further within my role.

Margaret

Internal quality assessor

Mariesha

Internal quality assessor

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Mariesha

Internal quality assessor

I am a quality assurer for business skills covering retail, customer service, trade supplier, warehousing and logistics, business administrator, team leading and management from level 2 – 4. I am now in my 6th year of working at Realise. I have 16 years’ experience of work based learning, starting as an assessor and quickly gaining my verifiers award. I am currently studying towards a level 5 business partner consultant apprenticeship and preparing for my own end point assessment. I really enjoy supporting everyone across the business. Every day is a learning day!

Debbie

Functional skills manager

Learner recruitment

Learner recruitment

Support team

Victoria

Learner recruitment executive

Beth

Apprentice learner recruitment executive

Emma

Learner recruitment executive

Keira

Apprentice learner recruitment executive

Hayley

Learner recruitment executive

Jack

Learner recruitment coordinator

Laura

Learner recruitment executive

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Laura

Learner recruitment executive

I am a member of the learner recruitment team. I have five years of experience in the industry. I started out as a coordinator for the contact sales team then moved across to the recruitment team after a couple of years which I absolutely love. I have recruited for the transport team, small businesses and national accounts. Within my current role I recruit for mainly business skills and hairdressing, I also recruit for health and social care, childcare and large levy accounts. I am the longest serving member of the recruitment team. I love the variety of my role as every day is different. I am very much customer service focussed and my candidates always come first.

Enrolment, compliance & assurance

Enrolment, compliance & assurance

Support team

Oliver

Apprentice funding & assurance advisor

Paul

Apprentice funding & assurance advisor

Panni

Claims advisor

Rebecca

Head of claims

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Rebecca

Head of claims

I am the head of claims for Realise responsible for the sector support team who facilitate the processing of all claim activity and administration functions for the business. I have been with the company since leaving school, starting off as an office junior apprentice back in 2001 and working my way up to the role I am in today.

I have over 19 years industry experience, predominantly in the administration, data and funding divisions, working my way up through the ranks carrying out various roles to get to where I am today. I have gained apprenticeships in business administration, customer service and management and I am an advocate for the knowledge and opportunities they provide!

Both myself and my team share the same passion and drive to succeed as a high performing administration and support function, and I am proud of the hard work they achieve on a daily basis!

Stefhan

Claims advisor

Abigail

Finance & compliance advisor

Anonymous

Claims advisor

Amelia

Apprentice sector support team administrator

Bethany

Funding & assurance advisor

Bryony

Funding & assurance advisor

Charlotte

Claims advisor

Chloe

Funding & assurance advisor

Claire

Claims advisor

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Claire

Claims advisor

I process claims and support with everything for our adult education programmes and traineeships. I am coming up to 17 years in the industry with six being at Realise. I have gained knowledge and experience across different funding programmes and around awarding bodies used for certification. I enjoy learning new skills and developing and have recently started our in house award in training and education qualification.

Grace

Data & compliance manager

Hannah

Funding & assurance advisor

Lauren

Funding advisor

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Lauren

Funding advisor

I have worked with the company since 2012 when i started as an apprentice employment liaison officer, working primarily on the work programme. I have had numerous roles within the company but have spent the majority of my time here working in administration and in compliance In my current role I administer the starts and awards process for the sector, support clearing withhelds, handle queries and process learner change of circumstances.

Nicole

Claims advisor