Our advisers are very special individuals with an abundance of industry experience and a genuine interest in the development of others. Each one of them works hard to support their CIPD candidates and apprentices throughout every step of their qualification, and the feedback we receive on Coursecheck is testament to the superb advice they provide. Our advisers really do ensure our business retains that personal touch, something we know candidates greatly value. This regular feature publicly recognises their contribution to your CIPD success!
We have asked Tracey Lewis our consultant based in Kent, for her advice to help you gain that all important CIPD qualification along with what she loves most about her job.
Tracey’s top tips for CIPD success …
- Take the time to read through all of your resources and materials. The VLE is a fantastic resource and will equip you with what you need to complete your assessments successfully.
- Set smart targets which fit around your work and other responsibilities so you don’t feel overwhelmed when you are studying for your qualification. Having a clear plan of action is really important so that you have sight of your milestones.
- Network as much as you can on social media platforms. It’s particularly important when we are all working remotely.
- Apprentices – use reminders in your Outlook diary to schedule time weekly or fortnightly to complete your journal entries on OneFile to demonstrate your 20% off the job activities. This way you will remain up to date with your entries.
- Lastly, one tip which should never be forgotten. Simply enjoy what you do.
Here’s what our candidates and apprentices say about Tracey
“Tracey is generally the best tutor ever. I have enjoyed being her student for all the 8 modules she taught me. She engages her students in group exercises and discussions which makes it easy for students to grasp all her lectures.”Mary Tukahirwa, Foundation candidate
Very informed tutor and knowledgeable in the subject matter. Prompted good conversations between candidates and set us up well to complete the related assignments.” Vicky Christley, Foundation candidate
“Tracey is my adviser and she is fabulous. She is so supportive and provides very constructive feedback in a direct way which I like.” Artheka Sivaharan, Level 5 L&D apprentice, Metro Bank
The apprenticeship has certainly giving me more confidence in my own abilities. Tracey is my adviser and she is fantastic. Her knowledge and professionalism shine through in everything she does.” Alec Greave, Level 3 L&D apprentice, Domestic & General
“My adviser Tracey Lewis is fantastic, really quick to respond and gives me great feedback. I like to be ahead of my deadlines and she really suits my style of working.” Rebecca Kunzler, Level 5 L&D apprentice, Domestic & General
While Tracey’s career to date has often led her in new directions, her passion for HR and lifelong learning is embedded in everything she does. Her career began as an Employment and Recruitment Account Manager for an ITEC based in North London, a charity which specialised in preparing young disadvantaged people for the world of work, where she first became involved in employability and apprenticeship training. At this point, Tracey gained various accredited qualifications in teaching and advice and guidance.
A move into senior management followed when she headed up the employment and training division of a London housing association before taking a break to complete her Level Advanced 7 CIPD qualification. Her career continued with various project management roles such as one for a regeneration consultancy where she managed Government funded projects for eight local councils, before taking on HR support and consultancy positions with Sainsburys and British Gas.
A family move to Kent followed and Tracey joined a local council to work with the Quality Care Commission (CQC) to assess the standards and workforce planning within care homes and co-ordinate work with agencies which provide care packages for elderly people. This progressed into managing borough wide delivery of educational resource provisions for children and young adults with learning difficulties. Tracey returned to the CIPD world by working as an Adviser to lead on HR levels 3 and 5 apprenticeship programs across the UK.
Tracey’s interest in learning and professional development continues at Watson Martin where she works with both CIPD candidates and HR and L&D apprentices. She enjoys providing technical expertise and utilising her coaching and mentoring skills to support her students as they progress through their qualification. And, with such a diverse range of career experiences to choose from, it’s not surprising that she also likes providing real tangible examples to help them reinforce their learning. Her breadth of experience is particularly helpful to the many apprentices she supports. Tracey is able to provide excellent advice around how to achieve the apprenticeship standards and provide suggestions for ways to meet the off the job training requirements.