Meet Gemma Davidson
My name is Gemma and I am currently the Centre Director of Explore Learning in Leamington Spa. I consider myself one of a small minority of people who are lucky enough to wake up every day and look forward to going into work. I have been with Explore Learning for my entire working life – starting in Leamington when I turned sixteen, and have been fortunate grow with the centre and work there as a Tutor, Assistant Director and now Centre Director.
My experience with the company started as a young student who never had a job before. I was given the opportunity to work with children and be trained in the National Curriculum, special educational needs and even sales. It was a job that I truly loved and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. I continued to work in the centre whilst I was at university studying History and during one shift, my managers approached me to ask whether I would be interested in applying for the Assistant Director role. I was fast tracked through the interview process and attended an assessment day, after which, I was lucky enough to be offered the job.
I was an Assistant Director in Leamington for around a year before I took over as the Centre Director, and now I am fully responsible for the centre that I have been so invested in since I was a teenager. My current role involves running the centre on a daily basis, managing a team of around twenty tutors and my two Assistant Directors. My role is to oversee the running of the centre and ensure that my team are constantly developing their skills as tutors and managers. Through this, I make sure that we are constantly providing the best possible service to our members and growing as a centre. My job is varied and challenging, requiring me to develop skills in teaching, commercial awareness, negotiation and sales to name just a few. This has meant that I am constantly learning and there is certainly never a dull day!
Seeing my staff share my passion for our service and subsequently seeing the centre grow to its largest in five years, makes me smile on a daily basis. I am proud of the work that I do and I would advise any new starter in the company to simply get stuck in and enjoy providing such a brilliant service.