Linda Edwards

Linda Edwards

Wickford Centre Manager

Linda began working as an Administrator for Debut in September 2011. Her previous jobs spanning 10 years included Office Manager, Secretary and PA. The…

Linda began working as an Administrator for Debut Training Academy in September 2011. Her previous jobs spanning 10 years included Office Manager, Secretary and PA.  The knowledge and experience in the subjects of Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding and Health and Safety within previous employment has been invaluable within her role and responsibilities as Centre Manager. Linda primarily delivers information, advice & guidance on course options and funding, as well as overseeing inductions and enrolments. Linda is Contract Manager overseeing learning programmes for Traineeship 16-18 years learners, monitoring their progress and achievement from start to successful completion.

Linda attends Careers Events at local Secondary schools or Council events where she provides impartial information, guiding year 9 to 13 students on the options of classroom-based courses or apprenticeships. Apart from organising Debut Training Academy’s own Open Evenings, she works actively to build relationships with outside agencies, schools and colleges to ensure Debut Training Academy continues to provide information to an ever-widening audience. Her day-to-day job includes attending meetings, recording minutes, writing, reviewing and updating policies, undertaking risk assessment audits, maintaining staff files, DBS applications and quality moderation of processes.

Linda is Debut’s Designated Safeguarding & Welfare Lead. She is also a designated Fire Marshal and a First Aider; she has completed Level 2 in Equality and Diversity, IOSH Level Managing Safely as well as Data Protection and Recruiting Safely training. Linda oversees the processes associated with the company’s Matrix formal accreditation audits and has a Level 2 qualification in Information, Advice & Guidance. Along with other Senior Managers, Linda assists in the vital and continuous reviews associated with the Centre’s Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Plan.

The above outlines a small bit of the roles and responsibilities Linda covers on a daily basis, anyone who knows Linda will attest that she is passionate about Debut Training Academy Limited offering an excellent standard of service to all our learners and stakeholders.  Linda provides a high level of detail and perfection to her work, she is extremely supportive of the staff and invests her time in making sure the academy is running in perfect order at all times.

Something you may not know about Linda:

“I previously worked at a Preschool for 17 and a half years as a Key worker, I was responsible for creating an exciting curriculum each term for the 3-5 year olds attending the provision.  Not too long ago, I took the daunting step of purchasing a bungalow that needed extensive renovation where I project managed every element of work needed to create my perfect home!  I really enjoy baking (lucky for the Debut girls), gardening, canoeing and exploring the countryside and coastlines of the UK.”