Meet Laura Gregson
I started working for Explore Learning just over 8 years ago and throughout my time here I have been lucky enough to be part of so many exciting company developments and career progression opportunities.
Whilst studying at University, I was keen to gain experience working with children in an educational setting and began tutoring part-time in the Newcastle centre. This gave me the opportunity to work closely with small groups of children, providing them with support and encouragement in order to build their confidence and skills in maths and English. I was actively involved in teaching and mentoring the children, as well as monitoring their progress and providing feedback to parents. Working with such a supportive and encouraging management team furthered my passion for a graduate career with Explore.
After graduating in 2008 I was thrilled to be offered an Assistant Director position in Newcastle. I was excited to be taking on a role that combined my passion for teaching and working with children; with business management. I was excited about the prospect of working with a small management team, and a team of part time tutors to run our own business. As an Assistant Director I thrived on the level of responsibility that I was given from day one; responsibilities that allowed me to experience all aspects of the business such as, marketing, finance management, tutor recruitment and people and performance management. Being trusted with a variety of roles and responsibilities early on enabled me to build my skills in time management and prioritising tasks. The role of Assistant Director provided me with a wealth of skills in teaching, customer service and the ability and confidence to communicate and interact with a wide variety of people, including children, parents, teachers and school governors’. I loved the fact that I was making a difference to children’s education, through both actual teaching, as well as training and mentoring a team of tutors to inspire and motivate members in their learning.
After 18 months as an Assistant Director I was promoted to Centre Director of the Newcastle centre. As a Centre Director, my role became more about leading a team and driving all areas of performance, and I became particularly passionate about training and staff development. Following the completion of the Train the Trainer course, offered through the head office training programme, I began running company wide trainings to new Assistant Directors in both the English curriculum and recruitment and interviewing processes. I love the fact that these opportunities have allowed me to build on my expertise and specialise in specific areas. In 2013, I decided to take on a new challenge of relocating and launching a brand new Explore Learning centre in Bury, North Manchester. I loved the challenge of creating a brand and reputation within a new community. It was so exciting to manage all elements of the business, in order to see a centre go from no members to 200! From meeting and engaging with new families in the community to promote and increase awareness of the services we provide, to building relationships with these families, and seeing the children progress academically was so rewarding. In January 2015, I moved to take over as Centre Director of Ashton under Lyne. I loved the challenge of taking over an existing team and was hugely motivated and excited by hitting monthly targets, and ultimately winning a company quarterly competition! As an experienced Centre Director I was given the opportunity to become a ‘sales expert’ for the company. This role has enabled me to specialise further in sales and work closely with the head office sales team on company projects, as well as supporting other members of staff with sales related activity. It has been fantastic to attend external sales conferences and apply new knowledge to my role at Explore.
In June 2016, I began my role as Regional Support Manager for the Manchester region. I now spread my time supporting the Manchester teams with training needs of either centre performance or people. I am now enjoying analysing centre performance, in order to plan and deliver projects and training workshops for individuals or teams.
I can honestly say that I love working for a company whose visions and values I truly believe in. I feel that I through CPD, trainings and new projects and opportunities I am continually challenged and am developing professionally each and every day.