Case study

Francesca DiTano — Head of Recruitment

Explore Learning

Francesca DiTano, head of recruitment at Explore Learning, talks about the attributes candidates need to successfully manage their own maths and English tuition centres

What do you look for in an applicant?

Inclusivity is one of our core values and so we welcome applicants from any background and experience. It's important that we hire inspiring ambassadors who are ambitious and driven. We're looking for people willing to step up to new challenges, and those who can inspire great performance by making a meaningful impact on our business, and on the lives of the children attending our centres.

Our applicants are usually graduates with strong degree classifications in any discipline, and a GCSE or equivalent in maths and English. Some applicants may have experience working with children of different age groups, but what all our successful candidates share is the unfaltering desire to impact a child's education, as well as demonstrating inspirational leadership and role-model qualities.

How can a graduate stand out?

To join the Explore family, we need people to embrace our culture, and embody our vision and values. We also look for graduates to demonstrate strengths in the following competencies:

  • Passion - we look for people with a strong desire to grow our business and make a meaningful impact. Are you inspirational, ambitious and goal-orientated?
  • Communication - our people are energetic, warm, positive, articulate, adaptable, credible and empathetic, with fantastic interpersonal skills.
  • Receptiveness - we always seek feedback from others, and strong self-reflection is crucial to recognise your own strengths and areas for development.
  • Leadership - to develop into strong people managers with responsibility for a team from day one, you should be confident, driven, assertive, decisive and demonstrate strong self-belief.
  • Resilience - when you're juggling multiple responsibilities as an assistant director, resilience is vital in dealing with setbacks, along with the ability to problem solve any pinch points you encounter.
  • Initiative - we love a can-do attitude, and will be looking out for gumption, drive and willingness to go above and beyond.
  • Teamwork - one of our fundamental values is family. This means embracing the collaborative elements of working in a team, taking shared ownership and conscientious accountability for your work.

What would a graduate be doing?

Main areas of responsibility include managing a team, raising awareness of Explore through face-to-face sales, delivering first class customer service, and rolling your sleeves up to tutor our members.

We don't expect our people to be experts in all these roles straight away; we deliver a brilliant training platform in everything from the national curriculum and supporting educational needs, through to commercial and financial performance management.

How can graduates find out more about Explore Learning?

To find out how you could join a company ranked second in The Sunday Times list of 'The 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2018' and help inspire the next generation of fearless learners, look through the Explore Learning Careers website where you can chat to one of our careers team about available opportunities.

You can also contact us directly at 01483 447410, email us or make contact through one of our careers social media channels: