Krissy Charles-Jones left school with just 2 GCSE's; She then went on to work as a care assistant and went to college, after which she worked her way up and trained as a social worker. At age 21, she became the youngest ever registered home manager for people with learning disabilities.
Krissy went onto train as an NVQ assessor, and then trained as an internal verifier followed by a Cert ED teaching qualification whilst also working full time. After she qualified, she then went onto teaching, assessing and verifying in health and social care with Thames Valley University.
Krissy worked her way up in the further education sector and got a job as a Training Manager for a care business and quickly identified an opportunity to set up a training business specialising in health and social care. Krissy then set up Pathfinders which went onto become a highly successful national training organisation. Following this success, she was then approached to set up another training company where she became the Business Development Director, obtaining multi-million pound contracts for the company.
Krissy identified a gap in the market and decided to pursue her own business training assessors online. At that time, the Labour Government's 'Train to Gain' scheme meant assessors were in demand. However, when the new Coalition Government came into power it announced plans to scrap the scheme in 2010. Whilst this could have proved disastrous for a new business specialising in training provision, the Coalition quickly outlined its intention to encourage apprenticeships. Krissy correctly predicted there would be renewed demand for assessors as a result and to fully understand the opportunity, she commissioned independent research that revealed a significant gap in the market for 'online' assessor training that also provides the candidates and work experience required to qualify. Krissy subsequently borrowed £2000 from a friend in return for 2% share and set up Bright Assessing, the first company ever to offer Assessor and IQA courses whilst also providing the real learners required to complete the qualification.
The company grew to the value of £11 million in just two years.