Erudite Training – About Us


Erudite Training Ltd is an established company which has been providing excellent training for a number of years. We have highly skilled and experienced lecturers; even our Managing Director has years of practical experience, as well as technical knowhow, and is still actively involved with site work. This allows us to relate classroom learning to real world scenarios. Our lecturers have a wide range of experience involving installations and maintenance in domestic, commercial, and industrial settings.

Our philosophy at Erudite is that we don’t teach people to just pass exams; we give our students the skills and know how to put the knowledge gained into practice. Therefore we don’t just have excellent pass results, but our students also feel confident and capable to go out into the real world.

Our approach to learning is slightly different to some other providers; we believe you should actually enjoy the experience. For this reason, we foster an easy-going atmosphere set in comfortable surroundings, which we believe makes the process of learning much easier and above all more enjoyable. If you combine this with the fact that we limit our class sizes to allow more one and one time with the tutor, you come up with the secret to our students’ success.

Meet the team

Simon Ogborn

Simon Ogborn MIET MIfL LCGI

Managing Director | Electrical Lecturer

Twenty years experience in the electrical industry, qualified Further Education Lecturer (Cert. Ed.), Approved Electrical Inspector (with Stroma and LABC) City and Guilds Examiner, School Chair of Governors for 17 years….. Simon has worked in a huge number of situations and locations over the years from simple domestic situation, a whole host of commercial installations, and even petrochemical plants, oil and gas rigs, banking computer centres…. A combination of knowledge, intuitiveness and knowing those occasions to seek further advice has ensured that he has an excellent reputation. Simon continues to work in the industry as well as appearing in the classroom.

Simon’s whole ethos, whether as a teacher, school governor or as owner of Erudite, is to make education as accessible as possible. This is achieved by making the facilities suitable and comfortable, including relevance in the course content, and making the learning as interesting as possible. This ethos is the backbone of Erudite Training Ltd.

Daniel Walsh

Daniel Walsh

Electrical Lecturer

Dan has worked in the electrical industry from leaving school at 16, and has over 9 years of experience in the field. Not only has he served a full City & Guilds Advanced Electrical Apprenticeship, holds his 2394 and 2395 Inspection & Test and earned a Merit in the 2396 Design and Verification, but Dan was awarded Apprentice of the Year by the JTL Apprenticeship Scheme.

When he isn’t teaching, he’s still out working in the real world, mainly filling the role of site foreman and site supervisor, taking responsibility of sites with up to 10 men carrying out electrical work. He is also a site technician graded JIB electrical engineer. With experience that ranges from working in schools and offices, steel works and factories to high security health-care units and laboratories, Dan ensures that his high level of competence and subject passion is passed down to his students in the best way.

Mike Jackson-Leafield

Mike Jackson-Leafield

Business Lecturer

Qualified teacher, Mike, has over 15 years of industry experience managing and developing teams in the business sector, and teaches our Business Courses, such as Introduction to Marketing and Finance. After finishing college at 19, Mike worked his way up in various businesses before taking his degree and going into teaching. Now with a successful 2 years of Management Training experience, he delivers BTEC and Ascentis modules in Business, Finance and Enterprise.

Victoria Wardle

Victoria Wardle

Centre Manager

Victoria is our Centre Manager, having been internally promoted in 2013. It is her job to keep the place running efficiently and ensure all the operational procedures are adhered to, keeping the rest of us organised. It is a demanding role which she always fulfils with good humour and a constant smile. Victoria also invigilates some of the centre’s exams, ensuring that each examination goes as smoothly as it can.

Emma Grace Ogborn

Emma Grace Ogborn


Emma is Simon’s daughter and joined Erudite in 2013 to fill the role vacated by Victoria’s promotion. As well as administration, Emma uses her fantastic English and Art skills to put together our publicity material. Like Victoria, Emma is also an invigilator for some of the examinations at Erudite, creating a professional but relaxed atmosphere for each of the students.

Dave Sawyer

David Sawyer LCGI

David was our Internal Verifier from the very start of Erudite in 2005 until his untimely death in 2014.

Prior to this, David was Simon’s lecturer at college and then went on to be his mentor when he started teaching. David inspired, encouraged and supported both Simon and Erudite as a whole. The best way to describe him is a ‘true friend’, and he is truly missed by all of us.


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