Real Life Stories
Internal Quality Trainer
Tom has worked for SCL since 2012 when he joined as a part time tutor. He then became an apprentice in 2013, before being promoted to a full time Primary Education Tutor a year later. He has since worked his way up to Internal Quality Trainer where his key responsibility is to ensure levels of quality and compliance among primary staff are not only maintained, but continuously developed. Tom’s hard work on quality improvement has been repaid with some real successes, including a recent Ofsted Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ award. This recognition, along with SCL’s Excellence Award scheme, has meant that Tom has always felt appreciated at SCL. In his own words he "has had a great journey with SCL, the various challenges and rewards keeping it interesting along the way!"
WHY IS TOM HOLDING A FISHING ROD?
Because, in Tom’s own words, he’s obsessed with it! As any keen anglers out there will know, the key to a successful fishing trip is patience and this is a virtue that Tom has in abundance. It is one of the skills that he has required in his role as a Quality Trainer, ensuring that a large group of staff are not only compliant but passionate about ensuring the SCL experience is perfect for children and parents alike.
We asked Tom:
What are you most proud of since working at SCL?
There have been a number of great achievements, but I would say that I am most proud of winning employee of the quarter in December 2018.
What is your favourite food?
Indian food. If you’re asking for specifics it would have to be Chicken Dopiaza, Sag aloo, Pilau rice and a pint of Cobra. We have to treat ourselves sometimes don’t we!
If you could take only two items with you to a deserted island what would they be?
It would have to be my fishing rod and my lucky hat.
What makes you mega happy?
As much as I love my job, I’m happiest when I am able to separate myself from the world, on the bank fishing with some good friends.
If you could spend an evening with anyone, famous or not, who would it be? And where would you go?
I think I’d spend the evening with Gordon Ramsey, living it up at his Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in New York.
What is the best thing about working for SCL?
In a nutshell, working with and for an organisation who share values that I relate to.