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Becky Bevers is an Associate Tutor with PETA, leading courses in sales, management development, assertiveness, communication and time management. Becky decided to partner with a training provider after ten years as a self-employed training consultant and a background as a trainer within the recruitment industry before that. She was looking for a provider that was trustworthy and PETA fit the bill. Their open and honest approach to working appealed to Becky, so she interviewed for the Associate Tutor role and was taken on immediately.
What does the role involve?
I go into PETA to run courses on a regular basis, as and when they need me. I’m usually there one or two days a week. The courses start at 9.15 so I go in for 8.30 to get everything set up, get any handouts or learning materials ready and then go and meet the group for a coffee. The courses are either open courses, where individuals book onto them and I deliver a course that will appeal to all of them, keeping in mind their individual roles. We also run company-sponsored courses, where 12 or so employees from the same company will come in to do the course. The employees are usually at the same level so I am able to tailor the course to suit their training needs as well as their working environment so it’s a really effective way to learn.
What is your teaching style?
If I had to use one word to describe my approach to training, it would be ‘fun’! I’ve found that if people enjoy the training, they get more out of it. I mix theory work with lots of games, activities and exercises to get everyone involved and to keep it interesting. I make it as fun as possible to ensure it is memorable too.
What experiences do you draw upon when teaching?
I use my experiences of when I’ve been a delegate myself - the things that I liked and disliked about a course I’ve attended. I’ve had some pretty bad experiences of being on courses unfortunately - PowerPoint after PowerPoint slide with no interaction, really boring stuff! So I think of all that and try to do the exact opposite!
The theory that I teach in the training room is actually only a small part of the learning experience; the really important bit is how they will apply the learning to their daily jobs when they return to the office. So I help them with that. I ask my delegates to think of one or two things that they’d like to take away from the course and put into practice in the workplace. It’s all about making the learning ‘real’. Being able to apply their learning is great for ensuring a positive outcome.
What has been your top career achievement?
Being awarded my Cert Ed. I was in my first training role when I started it, studying alongside my job. It was such hard work - a baptism of fire - but was also great at the same time as I could immediately put what I was learning into practice in my daily tasks. I spent two and a half years working my socks off, but I truly felt like I’d found my vocation and that was so fulfilling.
What do you like most about working with PETA?
The facilities are brilliant, you have everything you need to run a successful course and the training rooms are great, equipped with all the essentials and more. There’s also a really nice atmosphere and the staff are such a nice bunch of people, really lovely. I can’t fault it.
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