Meet Candle Shack’s Training Manager, Adam

Adam Goodier - Training Manager and history buff

What do you do at Candle Shack?

I do a few things at Candle Shack, I am the Training Manager responsible for internal training such as making sure that all staff are up to date with mandatory health and safety training. I am also responsible for staff development, giving support for courses to help staff gain useful and relevant qualifications for their current and future job roles. The other part of my job is my role as Customer Education Manager. Along with my skilled colleagues, I am responsible for the development of the Candle Shack Academy content, using the experience I gained in my previous role as the team leader in the contract pouring department. You may have seen me popping up in some of the troubleshooting videos on the website.

What is your favourite part of your job?

The best part of my job is the varied nature of the workload I have. I like to have a few different projects on the go to keep my mind busy and productive. If I had to choose one thing overall then it would be teaching the academy courses as it is lovely to impart Candle Shack knowledge to students who are really interested in the craft and to see their development during the course and afterwards, too.

What are you most proud of accomplishing at Candle Shack?

I’m probably most proud of the online courses that I’ve produced along with our multimedia producer Beth and the team in the R&D Lab. I am pleased with how well they have been received and how much our customers have used them to improve their skills. It is wonderful to get feedback from people who have completed the courses on what they have enjoyed and things that we can use to constantly improve them over time.

What's your favourite thing to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I have an eclectic mix of hobbies like video games, movies, reading sci-fi, and cooking etc. But I also enjoy, making and painting miniatures both for myself and as commissions. I am a history buff so I enjoy visiting Scottish castles, and most recently I have taken up Historical European Martial Arts or HEMA, so learning how to fight with a medieval longsword using 15th-century instruction manuals. To keep active as well as longsword, I enjoy skiing, swimming and mountain biking when I get the time.