Meet The Team

We are a sector leading health & social care training provider delivering leadership and management programmes nationally with outstanding participation and achievement rates. 

We are a Skills for Care Centre of Excellence with strong sector partnerships and the official training partner of the National Care Association

Our Team

Peter Phillips

Chairman

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Peter Phillips

Chairman

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

The pleasure of being part of an enthusiastic and dedicated team where everyone’s contribution and views are valued equally.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

Supporting others where I can, caring and sharing.

Describe yourself with three words

Empathic, determined, supportive.

Hobbies

Music, and other pleasures that enrich body and soul!

Personal Statement

My main career was in finance and corporate leadership, currently non-executive roles in healthcare, HE, aspirational training, and the arts, and I now look to inspire others to achieve their potential. My motto is – I don’t ask for much, but may it be of excellent quality!

Neil Crawford

Chief Executive

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Neil Crawford

Chief Executive

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

I love Access Skills, it has been a big part of my life. It has been so rewarding to see the impact that our great team of people can have on so many individual learners. Being able to help them to improve their knowledge and skills and supporting them to improve their performance in their important job roles in the Care sector, motivates us all.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

My role is to give the overall strategic direction and enable organisational relationships that will support the team to succeed and make things better. It is a big responsibility when people rely on you to do the right thing.

Describe yourself with three words

Innovator Enthusiastic Open

Hobbies

I try to keep fit and swim most days. Golf and tennis are my other sporting activities. I love watching most sports but especially football and motorsport. My dad introduced me to Everton at an early age and I have been a “Blue nose” all my life since.

Juliet Meeres

Curriculum Board Advisor

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Juliet Meeres

Curriculum Board Advisor

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

There is room for everyone to grow and progress at Access Skills and the development of its staff is key. It’s a forward-thinking organisation, where any idea can be turned into an opportunity.

Each person is valued and made to feel like they belong; celebrations and social events are the ‘norm’!

How do you live the Access Skills values?

Within my role at Access Skills as both an Assessor and Board Advisor, I believe that everyone listens to each other and their voice is heard. Having the chance to vote for ‘player of the month’ is a great idea and is motivational and makes you feel valued as a team member.

Describe yourself with three words

Open-minded, honest, and enthusiastic.  

Hobbies

Netflix, food, sports, outdoor activities and relaxing holidays!

About Me

I love the gym (now we can go back!!), eating out, trying different food and nice wine, as well as travelling (less of the latter recently!).

Debbie Lewis

Head of Business Operations and Quality

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Debbie Lewis

Head of Business Operations and Quality

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

It’s refreshing to work for an organisation where the leadership honestly wants the best for their staff. The open collaboration between everyone boosts moral and gives everyone a sense that they are valued and important.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I really appreciate working for an organisation that’s transparent about its values, because it means we are all clear about what we need to do and how we should go about doing it. 

Describe yourself with three words

I’m always learning.

Hobbies

Outside of work, I’m in love with my family, obsessed with traveling and experiencing different cultures, if I haven’t been there yet, it’s on my list!  I read a lot, mostly factual books, but also research articles, written by academics on ways to develop soft skills to get hard results.  I think, my motto in life must be ‘we are always learning’

Personal Statement

My passion for leadership and coaching people can be traced back to my school days.  Whether as the captain of my high school netball team or leading teams a work.  Why?  I like the challenge and getting people excited about doing new things and achieving great results.  So, right now, that’s working with the team at Access Skills and all the new challenges ahead.

Ann Moulder

Business Development

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Ann Moulder

Business Development

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

It’s busy working for Access Skills – I’m never sure what the day will bring and it’s usually very different to what I had planned.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I like this variety and being able to focus on making thing better and doing the right thing -these values are very important to me and help create a sense of stability in a quickly changing world.

Describe yourself with three words

Positive, calm and kind.

Hobbies

I love to travel and experience new places and am a real foodie. Linking these to a nice glass of wine, and my family or friends creates a perfect day for me.

Personal Statement

I lead on Business Development– this means I support the IAG team who help people find the perfect course for them, and work to develop new partnerships, projects and business areas.

Adam Crawford

Operations Manager

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Adam Crawford

Operations Manager

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

I really enjoy working at Access Skills, it’s great working in a team that feels like one big family. I enjoy the challenge of having to think and adapt quickly in a sector that’s constantly changing and evolving. It’s also rewarding to know I’m part of a team here at Access Skills that is trying to make a difference in the health & social care sector.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I often give support and guidance to my colleagues to help the team succeed. I believe being honest and transparent when talking to colleagues and stakeholders is the best way to do business.

Describe yourself with three words

Approachable, supportive & patient

Hobbies

I like watching most sports and going to the cinema to watch the latest film releases. I enjoy going for long runs and participating in running races. I also like getting out on the golf course when I can.

Personal Statement

I have been at Access Skills for over 10 years and currently working as the Operations Manager. I am part of the leadership team which oversees all areas of the business. I evaluate and improve the company’s management systems and processes to ensure they are carried out in most productive and cost-effective way while also maintaining compliance.

Tina Lavery

Sales Manager

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Tina Lavery

Sales Manager

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

It’s a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful team.  The skills Advisers and admin assistants work hard and have a great passion for their learners, ensuring they get the best possible advice and start to their learner journey.  The tutors are always on hand to help our learners succeed and successfully complete their enrolments. A truly inspirational company.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I offer advice and guidance to my team and always try to look for ways to make a difference by making their work day as exciting as possible.  Challenging them and supporting them to do their best and add a little fun to their working day whenever I can.

Describe yourself with three words

Challenger, Passionate, Considerate

Hobbies

Coming from Liverpool, I am a true supporter of Liverpool FC and enjoy going to watch the game whenever I can. I love golf and Tennis too, but most of all I love spending time with my husband and two boys and our little dog, Layla.

Megan Bond

Finance Officer

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Megan Bond

Finance Officer

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Access Skills is a very genuine company with a progressive outlook and approach to the support they give our clients.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

The values are something that I would like to think that I apply not only in the work environment but to life as a whole.

Describe yourself with three words

Reliable, Loyal, Experienced

Hobbies

Gardening, Rambling, Puzzle solving

Personal Statement

Despite being in the 50th year of my working life, during the last 18 months, Access Skills has given me the opportunity to learn new skills and a whole new working environment.

Dina Patel

Systems and Project Development Coordinator

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Dina Patel

Systems and Project Development Coordinator​

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

You are always given the opportunity to put forward your ideas and grow within in your role and it is enjoyable working in a collaborative environment with people sharing ideas and best practice. There is never a dull moment at Access Skills.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I do believe in doing the right thing and ensuring ethically we’re committed to our customers by delivering the best possible service we can, to help to achieve their career goals.

Describe yourself with three words

I’m self-motivated, well organised and ethical

Hobbies

I enjoy baking and experimenting with ingredients along with reading Sophie Kinsella books.

Personal Statement

I have worked for Access Skills for over 10 years working in the Information Advice Guidance Team providing information, advice and guidance to individuals and employers who are interested in our Health and Social Care learning and development programmes. My current role is Systems and Project Development Coordinator and I coordinate designated processes and procedures supporting the team, as well as monitoring the efficiency of operations and applying methods to improve processes.

Asim Hussain

Skills Advisor

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Asim Hussain

Skills Advisor​

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

It’s really good working at Access Skills and I am always busy!

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I ensure I help everyone I speak to on a daily basis and provide them with the right information ensuring the customer is aware that I know what I am talking about and we can help them with where they need to get to.

Describe yourself with three words

Driven, team player, relentless

Hobbies

Netflix, food, sports, outdoor activities and relaxing holidays!

Personal Statement

I have been a Skills Advisor for just over a year responding to course enquiries and advising and finding the right course for the enquirer and their employer ensuring their workforce development plans move forward in supporting individuals and business goals. My day to day role entails responding to enquiries and supporting them with their needs, and also checking on existing clients so that we can continue offering them the outstanding service we try to give to all.

Paula Powell

Skills Advisor

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Paula Wakefield

Skills Advisor​

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

As with most industries there have been some challenges with the pandemic. Working from home has been necessary but we have all still managed to communicate effectively and still support the learners by making sure we have daily team meetings and support each other with any updates and information which is a testament to the ethos of Access Skills.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

Making sure the advice I give is accurate and helpful along with managing expectations is important, enrolling learners isn’t about numbers it’s about making sure we enrol learners who we know we can support to achieve their desired qualification. This gives me a great sense of achievement knowing I have genuinely helped our learners choose the right course for them.

Describe yourself with three words

Honest, open and sociable

Hobbies

In lockdown I have loved watching trash TV on Netflix and cooking for the family. Usually I am sociable and enjoy going to the local races (Cheltenham!) and eating out in the most unique restaurants I can find!

Personal Statement

After quite a career change from Financial Services to Education, I joined Access Skills in September 2020, and I have loved the challenge of helping as many learners achieve their goals as possible. I am hoping to continue on this journey and hopefully gain more knowledge and experience with commencing on a course myself – You surely can’t work for an education provider and not love the education journey yourself!

Raheem McLeod-Peters

Skills Advisor

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Raheem McLeod-Peters

Skills Advisor​

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Working with access skills has been a breathe of fresh air, its great to work with a company that genuinely puts their learners first and we genuinely want to see you succeed and shine in your career!

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I am always happy to help in any which way I can and I’m not afraid to go the extra mile. Ill always do my very best to help the learner or new customer as well as help the team succeed in any way I can.

Describe yourself with three words

Geek, Fantasy book fanatic, Cherry Bakewell/chicken wing connoisseur!

Hobbies

As a huge geek, if there is anything Star Wars, Marvel and video game related, assume I’m fully aware of it and watching it closely. If I’m not playing a video game at home, I’m reading a book or researching something else to read once I finish a series. I’m also attempting to learn a second language and I’m tempted to try archery and assemble my bow.

Personal Statement

As a skills advisor I will always be happy to assist all your enquiries on which course would be best for you and get you stated in your course. No question is silly or too small and ill be on hand to help after you have enrolled or if you’re looking for more information.  Or if you want to call and talk about how Spiderman is the best superhero ever feel free to give me a call!

Larissa Hewitt
(Mat Leave)

Skills Advisor

Elise Andrews

Sales and Marketing Assistant

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Elise Andrews

Sales and Marketing Assistant​

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Working for Access Skills means working in a fast paced, ever changing environment, which allows me to develop and adapt to new skills quickly, and support new, upcoming and existing learners in any way that I can.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I live the Access Skills values as I am always happy to help in any way that I can to help the team succeed, and always do my best to do what I say and respond in the timeframe given.

Describe yourself with three words

I would describe myself as motivated, helpful and patient.

Hobbies

My hobbies include socialising with friends (when we are allowed to again), learning and playing new songs on the keyboard, reading and listening to music.

Personal Statement

I have been working for Access Skills for over 2 years. I currently work in the IAG department as a Sales and Marketing Support Assistant. This entails assigning the different enquiries we get between the skills advisors, creating and sending out forms to enquiries who want to progress and enrol onto a course with us, enrolling those applicants onto the course once we have received all necessary forms, and much more. I am always happy to speak with both new and existing learners, giving them any information, help and support they may need in any way I can.

Joelma Fernandes

Sales and Marketing Assistant

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Joelma Fernandes

Sales and Marketing Assistant

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Working at Access Skills is a rewarding job. You’re helping people achieve their professional goals as well as their further education and it feels great. You’re never bored, no day is the same and that’s what makes the job so much fun.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I’m the type of person who’s always looking to make things better in any way I can. I always aim to do the right thing and above all else if I say I’ll do something believe that I will. My word and keeping my word is always extremely important to me.

Describe yourself with three words

I’m free spirited, committed, and a great listener!

Hobbies

I love music, I’m currently the front woman of Beorma, an Indie Pop band. I love true crime books as well as documentaries, and I also love to watch Historical films.

Personal Statement

I’ve only recently joined the team as a Sales and Marketing Assistant but I already feel like a valued member of an amazing company. My role consists of sorting out all of the application forms for learners and guiding them all the way through enrolment, as well as assigning the different enquiries we get between the skills advisors.

Holly Dennison

Social Media Executive

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Holly Dennison

Social Media Executive

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Working for Access Skills means that you’re never bored – there is always something to do! It is a great place to grow both your professional and your personal skills and I am very grateful that we are given the time needed to expand on these skills.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I’d say that I am true to my word and will do the things I will say I do, and I love helping out the team and making sure that we succeed together.

Describe yourself with three words

Hard-working, patient, sociable

Hobbies

I love reading (trying to read 52 books in 2021!), watching films, keeping up with the film industry and learning Korean in my spare time.

Personal Statement

I have recently moved roles to create social media content for Access Skills full-time. It has been very fulfilling coming up with different strategies to get our message and products out there and I am excited for the challenges ahead!

Charlotte Fells

Head of Learning and Programme Delivery

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Charlotte Fells

Head of Learning and Programme Delivery

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

I feel privileged to work with such a fantastic team of people, with a culture that promotes transparency, inclusivity, and innovation. Every day is both challenging and rewarding, supporting individuals to develop their skills and knowledge in a sector (Health and Social Care) that deserves the very best from its workforce.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I lead by example, demonstrating our core values in every area of my role and promote a culture that encourages and supports my team to do the same.

Describe yourself with three words

Passionate, enthusiastic, and supportive

Hobbies

Spending time with my husband and children, enjoying new experiences and visiting different places. I also love to read everything and anything I can, it’s always the first thing I do when I have 5 minutes to myself.

Personal Statement

As the Head of Learning & Programme Delivery, my role is to oversee and manage the delivery of our qualifications and training programmes to ensure that we provide at all times high-quality provision.

Celia Moulton

Head of Programme Development and Experience

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Celia Moulton

Head of Programme Development and Experience​

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Access Skills is a nice place to work and it has a family atmosphere. The support given to the learners is equalled by the support team members give to each other. There are plenty of opportunities to make a difference in the Health and Social care sector which matches my own values and wishes.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I live the Access Skills values by always doing what I say I will. As a reflector and thinker, I might take a little longer, but it will be done to the best of my ability. I do the right thing by offering support and sharing my knowledge with anyone who needs it. Helping the team to develop as well as the learners. I make it better by developing resource materials to help learners progress and sort out any issues. I help the team to succeed by working with them and doing what I say I will.

Describe yourself with three words

Caring, supportive and smart

Hobbies

Diamond art, ceramic painting, my family, history and studying.

Personal Statement

I have a health, social care and nursing background spanning 27 years covering all sectors including adult, child care and nursing. This enables me to ensure learners and employers have a good and well-supported experience.

Adam Pritchard

Systems and Project Development Coordinator

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Adam Pritchard

Systems and Project Development Coordinator

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Access Skills is a great place to work, it is a real family-like environment, with support always there – should you need it.

I have first-hand experience of how supportive Access Skills are, in putting me forward to develop my knowledge and skill-set through gaining qualifications whilst working here.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I live the Access Skills values by being adaptable and always looking at ways on how I can help the team succeed – whether that’s by helping to make systems/processes/reporting better or by being on hand to help out with any given task.

Describe yourself with three words

Reliable, analytical, team-player

Hobbies

Playing and watching sports, travelling and going to music gigs.

Personal Statement

I have recently returned to Access Skills, having previously worked here for 3 years. I have now returned to a Systems and Project Development Coordinator role, this role enables me to support the team in ensuring systems and processes are effective and efficient. Whilst also providing the team with data analysis, in order to help monitor performance to help achieve team and individual KPI’s.

Dan Leddy

Learning and Skills Tutor

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Dan Leddy

Learning and Skills Tutor

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

There’s never a dull moment! All of the various tasks that my role requires is a constant challenge and forces me to juggle different skills throughout a typical working day. Whether I’m on the phone giving support to a learner or compiling a portfolio ready for certification, there is always something new to do.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I like to think that you need a certain empathy with this role. People really do struggle, especially those in full time working positions. Being able to support and guide them is a very rewarding thing, especially if they are under a lot of stress. Doing the right thing and saying what I will do certainly falls under this and seeing someone’s stress levels recede after a supportive phone call is just one of the things that makes this job really worth it.

Describe yourself with three words

Meticulous, patient and creative.

Hobbies

I have been a musician since 1996 and I still have a deep passion for music. I also love to write and I am a borderline obsessive home cook. Oh, and don’t bring up anything fantasy or sci-fi as you will not shut me up! Whether it’s films or books, I’m a shameless geek you will not see the end of that conversation. I love it all!

Personal Statement

While my background is mostly rooted in music (I was a music teacher and assessor in a previous life), since joining the Access Skills team in March of 2015, I have learned so much about this sector and every day I strive to use this knowledge to support, guide and help our learners through their courses. Furthering their studies and by extension, their chosen career paths.

Sonia Gordon

Learning and Skills Tutor

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Sonia Gordon

Learning and Skills Tutor

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

It’s a fast-paced environment, no 2 days are the same and I get to work with a very supportive team. During the pandemic, I have felt very safe as we have been provided with the resources and equipment to work effectively from home, which has enabled us to provide continuity for our learners.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I help the team to succeed by working together collectively to achieve targets, making things better for the learner by doing the right thing, which could be a phone call to lend a listening ear, to relieve any concerns, answer any questions or work together to put a support plan in place to aid their progress. Ultimately, following through by doing what I say.

Describe yourself with three words

Loyal, intuitive and compassionate

Hobbies

I am very family orientated and also enjoy spending time with close friends. Hobbies include cooking, travel and watching catchup TV. I am also partial to the occasional bottle of pink Moscato.

Personal Statement

I have worked for Access Skills for just over two and half years as part of the curriculum team. My role has recently changed, however, still involves daily engagement with learners. This includes providing guidance and tuition, marking assignments, completing observations, professional discussions….

Holly Croft

Learning and Skills Tutor

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Holly Croft

Learning and Skills Tutor

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

During the last 5 years I have enjoyed my role immensely, the team and the learners are amazing and it’s nice to know we are raising standards and supporting the care industry. We are like family here, all working together and helping each other.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I do what I say and do the right thing, I always have the best interests for our learners. I’m constantly trying to do the right thing as ultimately, we want to succeed.

Describe yourself with three words

Fun, happy and positive

Hobbies

Caring for my pets and children take up most of my time, I enjoy watching films, cooking and gardening.

Personal Statement

I love talking to learners and helping them to achieve their goals. I try and look for solutions and use plans to support achievement. Part of my role is supporting learners and finding how we can overcome barriers to any learning difficulties they have.

Katherine Oglesby

Learning and Skills Tutor

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Katherine Oglesby

Learning and Skills Tutor

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Great! They are a fantastic team and so encouraging and supportive. It really is like a family and I’m not just saying that. I had previously worked for Access Skills on a freelance, self-employed basis for 2 years as an assessor but had always wanted to work for them full time because they are such a great company and team to work with. I have achieved that now and am over the moon to be part of the full-time curriculum team.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I like to think that I have strong morals and ethics and enjoy working closely with other team members and learners to achieve goals. I am a very honest person and like to be involved with supporting learners to overcome any challenges or struggles they may be facing and make everything for them as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Describe yourself with three words

Patient, loyal, meticulous

Hobbies

I have a horse called Teddy and enjoy spending time outside down at the stables and with my friends there. I’m not a thrill-seeker but enjoy being outdoors, in the countryside, and also love to travel and cook. I would really like to travel more and experience different cultures and foods.

Personal Statement

I am involved in teaching, assessing and supporting learners to progress and achieve their qualifications. I am a qualified and experienced Health and Social Care Manager having worked my way up the ladder completing my Diploma’s and Apprenticeships on the way. I can empathise with learners and the demands of their roles as I also did my levels 2, 3 and 5 (and a business Diploma) whilst working in care settings before my transition to the education sector as a trainer and assessor in Health and Social Care.

Sukhjeevan Kundi

Learning Support Assistant

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Sukhjeevan Kundi

Learning Support Assistant

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Rewarding! Knowing that all of the work, time and effort we put into the learners throughout their journey with us pays off at the end when they get the qual.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

One of the most important things making it better for our learners, making sure their assignments go out to assessors the same day they are submitted and also sending out their feedback.

Describe yourself with three words

Fun, Bubbly, Clumsy

Hobbies

Love to binge watch a good Netfilx/ TV series. Number 1 foodie, love to try new foods from around the world

Personal Statement

I have been working for Access Skills for almost 2 years. Within my role, I sort through the submissions from the learners, this includes conducting the initial checks when the assignments come in then sending them out to the assessors for marking. I also have a hand in the feedbacks, so I send the feedback for each assignment from the assessors to the learners. I go through the inbox each morning and throughout the day giving advice and guidance where possible or directing emails so the necessary member of the team.

Christopher Cotton

Learning Support Assistant

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Christopher Cotton

Learning Support Assistant

What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

Access Skills has a very fast-paced work environment – no two days are the same! The team feels like family and this bond is important, when we achieve goals individually we succeed together as a team.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

I always do my best to support both the team and learners to succeed – doing the right thing and doing what you say are essential to this. I think it is important to hold yourself to a high standard.

Describe yourself with three words

Professional, genuine, dedicated.

Hobbies

I’m a classic car enthusiast and spend most of my spare time working on my MG. My other hobbies include Boxing and going to the gym.

Personal Statement

Over the last two years, I have progressed in my role, my favourite part of the job being able to solve problems and helping learners to achieve despite the issues they face.

Freelance Assessors and Tutors

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Freelance Assessors and Tutors


What’s it like to work for Access Skills?

It is great to be able to be part of a team of 20+ freelance tutors and assessors. Being able to support the full-time team at Access Skills and all of the learners is so fulfilling! Having the flexibility of working freelance allows us to contribute effectively whilst also fitting around our other commitments and personal lives.

How do you live the Access Skills values?

By being available, we support the team to perform effectively and help learners to be as successful as they can be with their programmes. Being happy to support the learner’s journey in any way possible is the most important thing from our roles as tutors and assessors, and we strive to help out in any way we can.

Describe yourself with three words

Professional, friendly, passionate.

Personal Statement

As a freelancer, it is refreshing to be able to work with such a supportive and friendly team, which makes the job of assessing and tutoring the learners so rewarding and enjoyable. Our role includes teaching, marking, feedback, observation and assessment of subjects/topics we have expertise in. We work very closely with the full-time Curriculum team in this role and they are a great team to work with.

Want to learn more about Access Skills and our team?

Welcome to Access Skills

We are a sector-leading health & social care training provider delivering leadership and management qualifications and training, induction training and practitioner qualifications. We support our employer clients nationally and can offer outstanding participation and achievement rates.

We are a Skills for Care Endorsed Provider with strong sector partnerships and the official training partner of the National Care Association.

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