Learning & Development Manager
Victoria Thompson, or Vici as she prefers to be called, joined Pathways at the beginning of 2015 within the capacity of Training & Development Coordinator. Vici had previously studied at Manchester Metropolitan University before graduating with a 2:1 BA Hons Degree in Criminology & Contemporary Culture before progressing into the role of Support Officer at Manchester Victim Support.
Vici also worked within the Moss Side and Hulme areas of Manchester for over 9 years as a swimming, dance, and fitness instructor. Within this role Vici was able to engage children and young people in healthy lifestyles and improve their quality of life whilst doing so.
Through Vici’s experience within the sports and fitness industry Vici went on to launch her very own female Zumba programme which further provided the opportunity for Vici and her Zumba teams to partake in National Sports England Campaign empowering women to work out and feel good about themselves.
Vici began exploring the next stages of her career path and through discussions with David Thompson; Chief Executive it was believed that Vici’s ability to engage and empower people through training and instruction could very easily be a transferable skill beneficial to the teams and young people within Pathways.
It was agreed that Vici would join the Organisation with the primary goal of assessing all training and bringing aspects of that in house on a bespoke level rather than buying external ‘one size fits all’ training programmes. Vici has subsequently completed her Train the Trainer qualification along with an array of other training courses that have allowed her to deliver a comprehensive in-house training programme to the staff and young people within Pathways including but not exclusively bespoke first aid courses covering self-harm and mental health crisis’.
In 2017 Vici completed her Level 3 Management and Leadership NVQ Diploma and was promoted to Learning and Development Manager. Vici also completed her NVQ Level 5 in Management.
Vici has spoken openly about her ambitions for the role she is in. These include, but are not limited to; increasing engagement and activities based sessions for young people, supporting staff to improve their relations with young people, ensure cultural events and festivals are celebrated across the service to empower and embrace diversity and awareness, increase staff moral and improve staff retention through consultation and upskilling the workforce.
Vici is currently working on building up relationships with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire to , build upon external relations with Universities and other Partners such as Manchester’s Contact Theatre providing a variety of cultural and creative experiences to young people within the service. Vici also delivers the ECHO programme within the service centralising young people in decision making as part of ECHO Vici organises the annual Pathways residential activity holiday that all young people attend and enjoy.
Vici has created a robust and meaningful induction training programme and continued in house training schedule for all staff, create and deliver young peoples’ training sessions.