At the start of December, Training Now welcomed Tara Roudiani to the Managing Director’s chair.
Tara brings with her over 24 years of experience in teaching and learning, beginning her career in education at the age of 26 as a support worker for a deaf learner at Bournemouth Arts University.
Since then she has worked her way through the ranks, achieving her teaching qualification and going on to receive a degree from Southampton University in Post-Compulsory Education and Training.
Tara joins the Training Now team from her previous role as Quality Manager and Deputy Head of Service at Lambeth Council where she was responsible for all aspects of quality across the provision. She was also responsible for curriculum development and commissioned specific courses and providers to meet the needs of Lambeth residents.
Who is Tara?
Her shift to Training Now however, marks a return to her true passion for apprenticeships and the positive impacts they have on career and personal development. Tara explains,
“Training Now is an incredible opportunity for me to get back to apprenticeships which is something I really believe in. I have enormous respect for anyone who is working and learning; I gained my degree while I was working full-time with a 3-year old at my feet.”
Tara and her husband Alex met while teaching at Bournemouth and Poole College. Coincidently, Tara’s parents also met this way. Together they have a 15-year-old daughter, Maya, and two dogs; Marvellous Marvis, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Piglet, a French Bulldog.
Born in Iran, Tara and her family moved to England at the start of the Iranian Revolution when she was only 6 years old. At the time, she could speak very little English.
“I was only 6 and when learning to speak I just heard and absorbed Farsi. I remember my mother telling me that although I knew a few words in English, I was stubborn and refused to speak it or answer people who spoke to me in English. When I came over here, they sent me to boarding school in the New Forest and they soon taught me to speak it.”
Farsi is Tara’s first language and her late introduction to English recently inspired her interesting fact for FE Week’s 373 edition of Movers and Shakers.
The future of Training Now
Taking the helm as the Managing Director of Training Now, Tara’s experience and passion for teaching and learning promises to steer the company to further successes; reaching out to new employers and delivering innovative and bespoke training.
“Training Now will be employers’ first choice for apprenticeship training because they are clamouring to be trained by such an effective team who routinely deliver the best learning experience for apprentices.”
We wish Tara a warm welcome to Training Now, and to the Agincare Group. Scott Jones, Operations Director for Training Now adds,
“We are excited to welcome Tara to our team who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge within the sector. We are already seeing the many benefits and valued changes Tara has to offer.”
The team of qualified professionals are on-hand to support learners and employers by delivering a package of training bespoke to individual or employer needs.
This also includes access to a range of support services designed to help learners get the most out of their qualifications and discover their career goals.
Whether you are an employer looking into staff training, or are thinking about doing an apprenticeship, discover how Training Now can help you.