Mission: To deliver the best in education through always conducting ourselves with integrity, holding family values, being inclusive, customer centred and ambitious. Vision: To be an engine for innovation and empower children to reach their potential.
THIS TUITION FIRM’s staff make the company formula for success add up: inspiring tutors + engaging curriculum = fearless learners. Guildford-based Explore Learning hires graduates to teach English and maths to four to 14-year-olds at learning centres nationwide.
Excelling at the three Rs is a prerequisite for a job here, as is the arguably trickier skill of being a role model to those they are tutoring. The firm provides plenty of training to get its large, young and mostly part-time workforce on track (of the 2,836 employees on its payroll, 469 are full-timers).
Inductions start the company’s learning and development process in the classroom, with a course that teaches tutors and managers to pinpoint their own training needs. Employees follow these up with online skills courses, further classroom sessions and in-centre “experiences”.
The business has more than 120 centres and the managers in charge of them communicate with each other via an informal buddy scheme. Those earmarked as high-achievers are partnered with mentors in senior management to bring out their potential.
Centre managers also mentor upwards, feeding back to head office on life in the hubs they run. Chief executive and founder Bill Mills hosts “employee evolution” groups at his home, where staff from different roles make company feedback presentations.
Working for Explore Learning is good for personal development, say employees, who scored this measure 87% positive in our survey, and the experience gained is valuable for the future (86%) — both points ranking fifth overall.
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