When the country first went into a national lockdown we had to act quickly to find a solution to continue our learning delivery and keep connected with our learners and employers. We knew we had to adapt to keep going forward and create an easy transition for our learners and employers. We also wanted to ensure no one was left behind.
The first and most pressing challenge was to convey the message to all learners and employers that we were still there! Communications were increased via our Teaching and Learning Co-ordinators and Social Media. We immediately began to research online delivery platforms so we could conduct lessons remotely and registered with Zoom. It is easy for the learner to use with minimal technology requirements and can be used on a smartphone.
We faced some other hard challenges to overcome:
How did we overcome these new challenges?
As we enter the next phase, remote learning is normalising. The technology we have introduced enables more frequent support for our learners and they are overall more engaged. We have seen an uptake on employers advertising for new apprentices and have several new learner appointments planned for the coming months.
So has lockdown changed the face of delivery? Yes and in a positive way! We have learnt a lot over this period and will continue to adapt to change as the situation evolves.
A couple of reflections from our learners:
“There is a lot of platforms available through studying and FW Solutions have been amazing, providing weekly updates on new and exciting articles to read to really keep the passion burning.”
“When we went into lockdown, I was really worried how I would carry on with my apprenticeship. I was furloughed from March and thought that I would not have contact with Jill my tutor. Luckily, Jill called and explained how the teaching and learning lessons would be held using video calling called Zoom. I had never used this way of teaching but after the first time really enjoyed this way of learning. As you can share documents, I found it very useful. Another advantage was that we could arrange our meetings any time of the day and I could also have 2 meetings a month instead of one. The meetings on zoom were also less intrusive, when learning in the setting we sometimes must move rooms or can get disturbed by members of staff.”