Linsey Spicer –
Director of Onwards ‘n’ Upwards
Lins has over 23 years of experience working with young people and adults. Working for Dorset Careers and then the Connexions service, gave her the enthusiasm and experience to work with young people and adults to support them into their chosen careers, training and employment. Lins went on to work as a Tutor for a national Training Provider, Nacro, teaching young people and supporting them with communication, team work, self-esteem, confidence and moving them into positive outcomes such as education, training, employment or volunteering. Lins has experience working with young people on a one-to-one basis or in small and large groups and has supported a number of this client group into positive outcomes. Lins successfully managed her own centre as well as a team of staff and made the decision to go self-employed in March 2012.
Lins has worked with young people and adults from varying backgrounds, particularly those with special educational needs, learning difficulties, Asperger's, ADHD, ADD, behavioural and emotional issues, mental health issues, drug and alcohol and ex-offenders or those at risk of offending.
Lins holds relevant qualifications and has completed a number of courses over the years. She has achieved the Certificate in Education (Level 5), IOSH Level 4 Managing Safely, ILM Level 3 in First Line Management, NVQ Level 4 in Learning and Development, NVQ Level 3 in Guidance and NVQ 3 in Business Administration (Apprenticeship) and a Certificate in Autism Awareness (Level 2). Having completed courses in Supporting Dyslexic Learners in Different Contexts and Asperger's, she knew early on that this would be an area of her work that she would branch out in as part of her self-employment. During her career, she has worked in partnership with a number of different agencies such as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Dorset Council, Youth Offending Teams, Social Services, Schools, Colleges and local Training Providers to name a few.
Lins has over 15 years experience liaising with awarding bodies and delivering recognised qualifications, with 6 years experience of internal verification.