I wanted to develop professionally and every time I applied for a job, the employer would ask me at the interview if I held QTLS.
I liked the fact that I was in control of demonstrating my professionalism. This boosted my self-esteem and confidence. The whole experience made me appreciate the importance of developing communities of practice. The tasks were straightforward and there was a useful guideline from The Society for Education and Training (SET) about what was needed. The SET team was always very helpful and responded quickly – making the whole experience a positive one from start to finish.
My supporter was approachable and guided me in the right direction throughout the process – as well as understanding that I had to find things out for myself.
It has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone as a teacher and try new ways of working. It has helped me realise the importance of working as a team and sharing ideas to improve. Having achieved QTLS, I am constantly reflecting on how I can continue improving my teaching.
My learners are benefiting from my openness and honesty – and become more motivated when I ask them for their ideas and opinions.
I have developed a positive relationship with my learners and my new teaching strategies have allowed me to understand their needs better – for example, giving them more time to answer difficult questions.
My working relationship with colleagues has also improved, as well as higher student retention – and my employer has recognised the hard work and commitment that I have shown with my professional development.
Before achieving QTLS, I had been unsuccessful at several interviews. I was awarded QTLS in April 2017 and in my last interview, I talked about the QTLS process and how I had developed professionally – as well as my commitment to lifelong learning. I was thrilled to be offered the post of Functional Skills tutor.
I must continue to learn new skills – as knowledge is power. Instead of working in isolation, I will strive to learn more from others and share my knowledge with colleagues.
My colleagues were very supportive and I appreciated their wealth of experience. One of my colleagues is considering applying for QTLS because they now understand its importance.
I am currently studying a BA degree in Education and I also hope to work towards a Master’s in Education.
I would recommend QTLS because it has been very rewarding and fulfilling. Employers are looking for staff who are willing to continue developing professionally – and having the qualification boosts your career prospects.
QTLS is the badge of professionalism for post-14 education and training. It’s aimed at helping you advance your career and to demonstrate your expertise and experience to your colleagues, employers and learners.Find out more about QTLS