Bespoke Professional Development (BePro) are a highly experienced training company, based in the market town of Stokesley. We are predominantly focused on business related qualifications to both individuals and organisations. We provide CMI, CIPD and Edexcel accredited programmes in Management and Leadership, Human Resources, Learning and Development, Education and Training, Recruitment, Business Administration and Customer Services and can provide our clients with a qualification from the UK’s leading bodies in the subject areas.
We offer our qualifications delivered in many different ways, including weekly taught classes, distance learning and apprenticeships. We pride ourselves on our flexible approach ensuring we get the best fit for the individual or organisation.
Founded by mother and daughter duo Val Swales and Georgina Selmi in 2014, BePro have a wealth of experience in management, HR, customer services, sales and marketing. We offer accredited and non-accredited training throughout the country. As of 2017, we can now accept enhanced learning credits for all of our courses.
Val Swales – Managing Director
Val is co-founder and director at BePro, managing many aspects of the business and engaging with clientele. Working with some of the country’s leading colleges and universities, Val has over 15 years in an education and training capacity. With vast industrial experience both HR and management, Val is educated to masters level in Management, holding a PGCE and many other management related qualifications. In her spare time, Val likes to spend as much time as she can in France, sampling the local cuisine and the different varieties of Grapes!
Georgina Selmi – Operations Director
Georgina is co-founder and director at BePro, overseeing day to day operations and teaching on management and HR programmes both taught courses and distance learning. Georgina has a background in administration management and HR and branched into teaching with the completion of a PGCE in 2012. Qualified to masters level in Management with a degree in Law, Georgina has an extensive knowledge of many business subjects and a passion for learner satisfaction. Georgina enjoys making good use of her English Heritage Family Membership visiting a new castle or Abbey on a weekend with her husband and two young boys!
Members of the Team
Paula Read – Head of Quality
With a collective 30 years of experience working in education, Paula is an industry expert in her field. With a Masters degree in the subject there is nothing Paula does not know about the learning experience! Heading up the Quality Assurance at BePro, Paula is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learner journey. In her spare time Paula loves to travel and drink fine wine! Paula has recently updated her Assessing qualifications to remain current.
Helen Shinner – Administration Manager
Helen graduated from Teesside University in 2007 with a degree in Advertising Management. She has since been running her own business offering marketing and writing services, skills which Helen brought with her to BePro to provide support in everything from course coordination to developing marketing materials and copywriting. In her spare time Helen likes to go to Fencing classes and learn new vegetarian dishes. Helen studied the Foundation Diploma in Human Resources with BePro as part of her professional development.
Sophie Dalgarno – HR and Admin Officer
Sophie joined us in 2017 and has already proved a real asset to the team. She acts as a main point of contact for our learners, deals with daily admin tasks and implements HR processes. Sophie joins us on a HR apprenticeship and is currently studying towards her CIPD level 3 Diploma in HR Practice. In her spare time Sophie enjoys going to music festivals and baking.
Provide access to professional development opportunities that enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, and improve the competitive advantage of their organisations, and ultimately bring economic success to the wider community.
Build your future professionals around your needs.
As a professional organisation with highly qualified and experienced personnel we are totally committed to providing our learners with the highest quality learning experience and to ensuring that individual needs are identified and met. Learner progress and achievement is constantly reviewed through individual tutorials and assessment feedback.
We often get asked how we can offer lower prices than many other training providers, and there are several reasons for this. Our base is in the north east where overheads tend to be a little lower. We have training facilities in house which takes away costly room hire fees charged by hotels and venues. Our learners love the personal experience they receive from us and we get a lot of our students from word of mouth, so there are no national marketing campaigns to pay for.
Above all, BePro was set up with a specific aim to help economic growth by improving professional development, meaning that accessibility and quality of learning are our primary focus.
Together, these factors allow us to offer great service, experienced tutors and fully accredited programmes while keeping our costs reasonable.