Julie is an Educ8 Trainer/Coach and has been with Educ8 England since 2018—bringing to the organisation a wealth of experience.
Julie’s career started in the equine industry where she worked her way from Groom to Yard Manager at a large stud, getting to experience the highs and lows of foaling as well as handling young stock for “breaking-in”. Julie then progressed to Yard Manager at a high-profile Polo club in the South West, caring for over 200 horses and 35 staff. Having started out as a groom and working her way up to Yard Manager, Julie is completely adept at running a commercial equestrian business and is our lead Trainer/Coach for all our Equine Apprenticeships.
Julie decided to take a break from horses and—on becoming a mature student—went to University to follow her dream of becoming a Geography teacher. Upon qualifying, Julie worked at secondary school level, enjoying most the opportunity to really develop pupils’ confidence through progress in a subject.
With this experience of working within the school environment, Julie has become Educ8’s lead Trainer/Coach for our School Business Professional Apprenticeship and also Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship.
When an opportunity arose with another Training Organisation for an Assessor role, Julie realised this would be a perfect opportunity to combine her passion for both teaching and mentoring.
“I think what I enjoy most about my role at Educ8 is having the opportunity to really engage with our learners and give them the confidence to widen their knowledge. I love seeing the learners gain knowledge within their chosen career path, but also grow as individuals.”
Julie has become a popular Trainer/Coach with both employers and learners, as Equine Apprentice Katie Shepherd explains:
“Jules is great about checking that I’m getting on okay with the topics that have been set, but also she’s really interested in me as a person, not just a student or an employee. It’s nice to have… someone else invested in you and who really wants to see you strive. I see Jules every month, but in between that we’re really good at corresponding by email and I know she’s always at the end of the phone if I need her.”