Jo has recently joined us here at Busy Bees Education and Training as our new Health and Social Care Development Coach and we have caught up with Jo to find out how she is getting on...
How are you settling in at Busy Bees Education and Training?
I feel I am settling in very well. I have had some fantastic support from my team leader Denise and my IQA Michelle. I have had a lot of TEAMS meetings during my first two weeks with the company and I feel that these have worked well. I have received my induction, talks form different team members, standardisation, various training and meetings and shadowing all via TEAMS and I am really enjoying this and meeting everyone this way. I am learning a lot of different things from different people which is really helping me to settle into the role.
What’s your work background?
My predominant background was in Early Years and Childcare and I have a degree in the topic of Childhood and Youth Studies. Whilst working with a different training provider, I decided to upskill to Health and Social Care as I had some experience of supporting 2 elderly ladies. I was able to go on a placement and earn my qualifications whilst doing this.
I have been an assessor since 2008 where I used to assess all Levels of Childcare. Since 2011, I have also assessed all levels of Health and Social Care too as well as management and Team Leader qualifications.
I recently worked as a Registered Manager for a Domiciliary Care Company in Coventry but I decided that I missed training so much, hence the reason I am now working for Busy Bees Training.
What’s been your proudest achievement?
Until recently, other than my 6 children, my proudest achievement was my Degree. However, during 2020, I was able to achieve something else. I endured a 4 hour long interview with CQC to get my Registered Manager status. I never thought I could achieve that, so it a really exciting time for me.
What do you hope to achieve at Busy Bees Education and Training?
I feel that over the years I have gained a wealth of knowledge within childcare and health and social care. I would like to pass that knowledge onto others and help them to achieve their dreams too. I love to see people gain their qualifications and go on to great things and during my time as an assessor, I have seen many of my learners go on to do this. There is nothing that gives me more satisfaction than helping someone to complete their qualification and to see how they grow in confidence, skills and knowledge.
What do you like to do in your free time?
When I get free time, I like to visit Devon as I love the life down there and nothing makes me feel calmer than seeing the sea.
I am also a football mom. One of my 10 year old twin boys is in a football team and I like to watch them play every Sunday morning. I love football.
Since December 2019, I have also become a Nan to a wonderful little boy who I love with all my heart. Although I have been unable to see him much due to lockdown, I am trying to make up for lost time whenever I can. He is my heartbeat. I look forward to a better year in 2021.
Thanks so much for your time Jo - we are excited to have you on board!