Going from strength to strength, former student Chris Perriton has continued to prosper since he completed the Certificate in Education course at the College. Now a Learning Partner with the British multinational coffee house Costa Coffee, he works alongside the Regional Operations Director to shape the learning strategy for stores spanning the South West of England and South Wales. He said: “The Certificate in Education taught me the theoretical knowledge that I need to deliver insightful and impactful workshops, which has enabled me to step into the role that I am in now.”
Starting out as a Chef in his home county of Yorkshire, 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 found work at one of the biggest breweries in the South West.
Working as a Learning and Development Trainer, Chris was 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. 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 was able to continue working on a full time basis, a lot of which he spent on the road, which he found 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 enabled him to get much of his work done off campus.
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 throughout the time he spent on the course, Chris and his peers set up their own support network using WhatsApp. He explained: “The Certificate in Education is suitable for a range of teaching professions, from staff development to school teaching, so there was a mix of people on the course, which really helped when sharing ideas and assignment tips.”
Living proof of how a university level qualification can advance career prospects, Chris is glad that he had the opportunity to study the Certificate in Education with the support of St Austell Brewery. He said: “In completing the course I have broadened my career opportunities and opened the door to future study options.”