Working as a Learning and Development Trainer at one of the biggest breweries in the South West, Chris Perriton is part of the team responsible for training the managers and team leaders of St Austell Brewery’s pubs, inns and hotels located anywhere south of Bristol and stretching out as far as the Isles of Scilly.
Starting out as a Chef in his home county of Yorkshire, Certificate in Education student, Chris, gained his first taste of employee development when the company he worked for expanded and needed new trainers to support their growth. Following this position, Chris then took some time out to travel before relocating to Cornwall where he settled into his position at St Austell Brewery.
Encouraged by the company’s staff development and progression policy, Chris decided to study the Level 3 Award in Education and Training at Truro and Penwith College to support his training experience before advancing onto the Certificate in Education course.
By following this progression route, Chris was armed with a strong introductory knowledge of the education-based courses available at the College. He said: “There’s a big jump between the two qualifications. Beginning with the Level 3 Award was a good starting point as the course corresponds with the first module of the Certificate in Education.”
Opting to study part time, Chris has been able to continue working on a full time basis, a lot of which he spends on the road, and has found this possible due to the flexible study options that the College offers. The extensive range of online resources – including those of the University of Plymouth – and supportive staff members enable him to get much of his work done off campus. He said: “If I ever need to ask a question, my lecturer is always on hand to help: I just have to send them an email and I always receive a prompt response.”
Making friends easily on the course, Chris and his peers have also set up their own support network using WhatsApp. He explained: “As the Certificate in Education is suitable for a range of teaching professions, from staff development to school teaching, there is a mix of people on the course, so it helps to share ideas and assignment tips.”
When Chris completes the Certificate in Education he is planning to take a break from studying to focus on his career at St Austell Brewery, but he is glad to know that by completing the course he will have broadened his career opportunities and opened the door to further study options.