A BUSINESSMAN has traded his corporate career at McDonald’s for a new venture tutoring young people.
Adie Twining, from Southampton, spent 28 years working for the fast food giant, becoming franchise manager, before stepping down during the pandemic.
He took over the local franchise of Tutor Doctor, which provides in-person and online help to young people, covering the Southampton and Salisbury areas.
Mr Twining, a business studies graduate from the University of Southampton, said: ‘Working in the community means the world to me. Having moved to Southampton from Cornwall, I feel my 30 year old roots are here.
“I have a lot of love and pride for the region, and it feels good to make a difference for local students. I have already been able to help so many local families and children.
“Schools are doing a great job, but with the loss of learning due to the pandemic, they are under pressure, and we can help students, families and schools catch up. As a local resident, this means a lot to me.
“I underestimated the sense of reward I would receive from this work and the satisfaction and sense of partnership you get from being part of a team, working with tutors, students and their families.
“As my career progressed, I really missed being part of a team – my fondest memories at McDonald’s date back to when I started working in their restaurant. My priorities have also changed over the years, and the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what matters most – giving back while having a successful business so I can provide for my family now and in the future.
He said the business allowed him to stay involved with the Simon Says and Ronald McDonald House charities.
Mr. Twining and his wife Tracy have three children, all of whom have taken private lessons to reinforce their learning in school.
“We have worked hard to attract an outstanding group of local tutors,” he said.
“They share our vision and are fully committed to providing an exceptional learning experience to young people whose parents entrust us with their education. Not only do they provide support on specific program content, but they also help their students build confidence and develop the skills needed to become lifelong learners. »
He said he would like to expand to other towns and cities when he feels he knows the business inside out, and would like to bring his wife into the business to utilize her HR and training skills.