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.
Lecturer in Electrical Installation
Barry teaches on the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma courses as well as Building Regulations, Portable Appliance Testing and specialises in practical techniques in our workshop.
With an extensive background in teaching and learning (including BSL qualifications), along with being a qualified Assessor, he also has wealth of electro-mechanical knowledge and builds electric motorcycles as a hobby!
“…I enjoy bringing the experience and expertise of different students together to provide a synergistic group learning experience and develop great satisfaction from seeing students achieve….
Tom Fawcett BSc (Hons) PGCE DMS Gas Safe Reg.
Senior Lecturer | General Manager
Tom is Senior Lecturer and General Manager at Erudite Training with over 30 years electrical experience in Industrial, Commercial and Agricultural installations.
He teaches the full range of courses here at Erudite, including the EAL Level 3 Diploma, C&G 2391 Inspection and Testing, AM2 Preparation and 18thEdition Wiring Regulations. He is particularly interested in evolving technology and teaches BS7909 Temporary Electrical Installations for electricians working in the entertainment/media industries and C&G 2919 Electric Vehicle Charging.
With a background starting in the forces, followed by self-employment and running a Limited Company along with 15 years teaching experience; he empowers learners from all backgrounds to develop their understanding and abilities and push the boundaries of what is possible.
Tom has a special interest in Building Services Engineering, is Gas Safe Registered for Natural Gas and LPG including boats and has taught the HNC in Building Services Engineering.
“…I like to create a calm and positive learning environment, inclusive to all students, where students can hold professional discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. Passing on my knowledge and experience, along with seeing people achieve their goals, gives me a real sense of satisfaction…”
Simon Ogborn FIET MSET LCGI
Managing Director | Electrical Lecturer
Simon is our Managing Director but still has a passion for teaching, and does so on various courses up to Design and Verification. He has been an Electrical Engineer for nearly 30 years and has been teaching since 2005, and is a qualified Further Education Lecturer (Cert. Ed.).
Frustrated at the college system, Simon started Erudite in 2009 with the express aim of increasing teaching standards and actually teaching the subject, not just the exam. That aim has more than come to fruition and as a result of this very high standard of teaching, City and Guilds’ Lead Examiner invited him to become an Examiner and Technical Consultant for them. Simon is now a technical consultant himself and integral member of the electrical assessment team at C&G developing many qualifications from Level 2 Technical Certificates to Level 4 Design. Simon has chosen his team very carefully to ensure this standard and ethos is maintained throughout Erudite.
Following on from Simon’s work at C&G, he was recommended to undertake work for the IET in relation to BS 7671:2018 and now also undertakes work directly for them. As you can imagine, this is incredibly useful, not only with regard to his own knowledge, but also for all the lecturers and students at Erudite.
“… My passion is ensuring that students learn the subject and do not just get coached to pass exams. Qualifications are very important, but more so is being able to do your job correctly and safely…”
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.