Say hello to the Suited Booted Recruited team

Becky

Becky

Your Time Job Coach and Trainer

I joined the team in 2016. I love working for SBR because of the variety of people that we work with from all  ages and backgrounds. I have worked in City of Bristol College, Bath and local schools in the past. I love finding out where people's strengths are and what interests them. It is such an encouragement to see other people make positive choices for themselves. In my free time I love the glamour of swing dancing and the adventure of hill walking in the countryside. My favourite TV programme is The Apprentice. 

Janelle

Janelle

Group Leader, Trainer and Assessor

Originally from Canada, I moved to the UK as a teenager. Although I lived in Bristol for nearly 10 years, I still retain my accent and often get teased for many idiocies.

I first came across SUITED BOOTED RECRUITED on November evening at an employment fair. I had fell out of employment after working consistently since the age of 16 and found it hard to be unemployed especially in such a harsh employment market. I remember wanting to walk past the stand as it wasn't offering any jobs but I took a chance and signed up for the course and I'm glad I did. Almost a year, later I now work as the Administrator for SBR and I haven't looked back.

Most of what I do is behind the scenes: looking after enrolments, ordering supplies, conducting safeguarding interviews, liaising with employers, etc. Nevertheless, I enjoy meeting all the learners on the first and last day to place a name to the face.

In my free time, I love to socialise with friends, cycle and do all things domesticated: knit, bake and currently I'm trying to learn to sew. Last summer, I completed a 50 mile ride to the Cheddar Gorge - one of my proudest achievements as I'm not the sporty type and I recently achieved my cycling instructor qualifications.

Josie

Josie

Group Leader, Trainer and Assessor

Hi, I’m Josie and I have been working with the SBR Department since June 2016.

I completed my PGCE in 2015 and am really glad I have found a job where I get to fulfil my passion for teaching and work with a variety of learners every day. I really enjoy being in an FE environment and am looking forward to facing new challenges in my role and working with the great SBR team.

In my spare time, I fail at going to the gym as I prefer going out with my friends and family for good food and drinks! I also enjoy photography and occasionally shoot at weddings and events at the weekends. I frequently travel to Italy as my family originate from there, I love spending time with them and going to the beach to top up my tan!

Kate

Kate

Head of Department

I have spent 23 years working in the Post 16 education sector on European Social Fund (ESF) projects, mainly working with young people who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or adults who are long-term unemployed and wish to find employment.

My first 18 years were working for the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), managing ESF contracts and the latter working for a private training provider managing a £9million ESF Contract working with vulnerable families across the South West as well as direct delivery in Bristol, Plymouth, Torbay and Devon.

I am the Chair of Governors for Haresfield Primary School and we have recently been through Ofsted gaining a 'Good'.

 

Katherine

Katherine

YOUR TIME Progression Coach (maternity leave)

I have worked for Suited, Booted, Recruited since January 2012. I started out working as a Group Tutor and Assessor delivering training sessions to help equip students with customer service and employability skills. I now work as a job coach for a project called HYPE West with 18-25 year olds. I really love my role; the SBR team and the students are great fun to work with, and I feel lucky to work with such fantastic people. Outside of work I enjoy going to Kettlebells to keep me fit. Before SBR I used to run youth clubs for children and young people with Aspergers syndrome, and I worked in a secondary school teaching personal and social development skills to students with Aspergers syndrome.

Kathryn

Kathryn

Group Leader, Trainer and Assessor

Hi, I've been part of the SBR team since January 2012 and have had an amazing time working with loads of great people who have got so much out of the course and gone on to gain employment or further education. It is a really rewarding job and we are all so excited to be running for another year. I've lived in Bristol since I moved here for Uni 5 years ago so know the city well and love living here. It is a city with great opportunities. I've done a fair bit of travelling and try to visit new places every year. I have dealt with being unemployed and trying to find jobs so I know how it feels when you are coming up against obstacles; if this sounds familiar, sign up to SBR! There is help out there!

Sarah (Little Sar)

Sarah (Little Sar)

In Class Support Worker

Hi there, Little Sar here. I may be small, but I have a huge personality. I love life and making myself laugh.

I have been at SGS College since 2011 as a support worker. I have been in the support/care sector for more than 12 years supporting adults with learning difficulties/disabilities and mental health issues. I have studied Psychology and Counselling, and have achieved my NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care and learner practitioner. I love my job and feel passionate about making a difference in people's lives.

I live in sunny Weston-super-Mare now, but am originally from Bristol. I am a huge animal lover and have a fur baby called Ted. I enjoy camping, wandering around the shops and listening to old skool 1990s rave.

Tony

Tony

Group Leader, Trainer and Assessor

I am employed by The South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) as a full time Trainer delivering courses specific to developing life skills for employment and awareness of expectations within the world of work. The Training includes a range of modules that shares facts but also awareness of the more `soft' skills needed for work. A lot of work on the skills that arise from personal qualities rather than knowledge.

As a life long student myself I find this work of great value. I myself went back into full time education at the age of 57 - undertaking my first academic degree at Plymouth University. Just prior to coming to Bristol (originally my home town), I was living in Cornwall and had for past two years, been the Students' Union President for The Cornwall College Group. Before that I have worked in Community and Youth work as well as a Therapist especially in the addictions field.

In other lives I have a real connection with growing veg, keeping chickens and goats. I continue an interest of film photography and have ambitions to run some exhibition work. After SGS? I hope to travel, develop more self employed therapeutic work, and would love to someday have a support work role with The United Nations.

Tor

Tor

Lead IQA

I am a typical Libran born and bred in a little town in Staffordshire called Hednesford. I was the youngest of 6 siblings my dad a university professor and mom (yeah, I know but it's how we spell it up north) a Dinner lady. I plotted my escape early on and soon headed to Bournemouth where I completed my BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

I moved to Bristol 4 years ago after a stint as Art/Food Technology Technician in a secondary school where I discovered my passion for Teaching and Training. I worked as a Cover supervisor for 12 months before completing a PGCE in Secondary Design and Technology at the University of the West of England. After graduating, I found myself out of work and on Jobseekers, I know first-hand how demoralising and frustrating looking for work is!

I started working for SBR in October 2011 and I love my job. The most enjoyable and rewarding part is observing the learners grow and develop not to mention making new friends. I also work with the most amazing team and I feel lucky every day to be part of what I believe to be the best course around for unemployed people.

Zoe S.

Zoe S.

IAG / YOUR TIME Administrator

I am originally from Liverpool, and have lived in Bristol for the past 10 years (although the accent is still strong!!).  I am happily married with one son.  I lived in Spain for 5 years and love to travel.

I have worked at the college for the last 3 years I used to work in the Enrolment Centre but have now joined the SBR Team.  I am now the first point of contact for the YOUR TIME Programme as I have my IAG qualification.  I love meeting and chatting to people which thankfully is a necessity in my role. 

Zoe W.

Zoe W.

Your Time Job Coach and Trainer

Zoe number 2! I was born and brought up in the lovely Bristol and I have worked at SGS College for 6 years. I worked for 5 years as a Learning Support Worker and supported a wide range of learners, helping them with anxiety, spellings, writing assignments and time management. For the last 4 years I have worked in the Preparation for Work and Life Department at Filton main campus, where I supported learners with learning difficulties and watched as they progress and achieved their goals.

I started working as a Job Coach in the SBR department in April 2017 and I really enjoy working with lots of different learners and helping them to progress, often when they have barriers and low self-esteem. It is amazing to see them grow in confidence and progress onto employment, apprenticeships and Further education.

My back ground is art and I enjoy writing children’s book and illustrating them. My recent self–published story is of an escaped Guinea Pig called Milton! Guinea Pigs are another love of mine, I have 2 gorgeous fluffs called Bo and Honey.

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