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Linsey Spicer –

Director of Onwards ‘n’ Upwards


Linsey has over 18 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. Linsey 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. Linsey 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. Linsey successfully managed her own centre as well as a team of staff and made the decision to go self-employed in March 2011.


Linsey 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.


Linsey 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 Connexions, Bournemouth Borough Council, Youth Offending Teams, Social Services, Schools, Colleges and local Training Providers to name a few.


Linsey has nine years experience liaising with awarding bodies and delivering recognised qualifications, with three years experience of internal verification.


Linsey is working towards a qualification in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and a Diploma in Coaching and enjoys continuing her own personal development so she can provide the best possible training and support to her young people and adults.

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