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‘Good Advice’ From ‘Across The Pond:’ The Top 10 Tips For Apprentices ‘Continuing Their Training’ During The Coronavirus Lockdown

Published Friday, May 8, 2020
by Damar Training/
‘Good Advice’ From ‘Across The Pond:’ The Top 10 Tips For Apprentices ‘Continuing Their Training’ During The Coronavirus Lockdown

COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown in the United Kingdom – as well as the Coronavirus impacting the United States - has led to many Apprentices either working from home or being furloughed.

Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, this has not prevented Apprentices continuing on with training and their personal and professional development.

We’ve all discovered that adjusting to working from home or being furloughed is a challenge, but Apprentices have the additional issue of managing their ongoing 20% off-the-job training as well.

Here are our Top 10 Tips for how to do this (including some ideas from our own Apprentices):

  1. Figure Out What Days And Times Work Best For Your Learning - Play around with what days and times work best for you and your circumstances. We all have times during the day when we feel more alert and are more productive. If you’re furloughed, it would be best to use these times for your Apprenticeship work, so that you can relax with leisure activities or get some exercise when you’re looking to wind down.  For Apprentices who are working from home, you will also need to consider what days and times are critical for you to be working, rather than training.  Consider what regular meetings you need to attend and when you’re at your busiest.
  2. Diary In Your 20% Off The Job - Once you know what works for you, add it to your outlook calendar or set an alarm on your phone. It can be tempting to finish off another piece of work, answer a few more e-mails or watch a bit more television - and if you’re not careful, another day will be over without you having achieved what you set out to do. Your training provider should have given you a way in which to record your off-the-job activity once it has been completed so make sure you are keeping your Apprenticeship Journal entries up to date. “I have learned that it is important to ‘try and maintain some sort of routine, despite the fact life is far from normal.’  I have been doing this by ‘still getting up and getting ready at my usual time,’ starting work at eight a.m., ‘exercising either on my lunch hour or straight after I finish work,’” one Apprentice suggested.
  3. Establish A Work Space - Finding somewhere suitable to work or do your Apprenticeship Training can be difficult, particularly if there are a few of you in the household all working from home. Whatever room it is, establish the area in which you are going to work which, ideally, is somewhere different to where you spend a lot of your spare time. That way, at the end of your working day or training, you can leave that area and have a sense of leaving work.  “I keep my work space ‘tidy,’ I ‘stick to my working hours and when work is over, I close everything down and make sure that I do the things I would usually do if I was still working in the office,” another Training Apprentice said.
  4. Turn Off The TV And Your Phone - If you can, get away from any distractions whilst you’re completing training. If you are furloughed, turn off the TV and your mobile phone or at least switch it to silent. If you are working, it may not be possible to be completely uncontactable for a few hours - but if you make colleagues and your manager aware of what time you’ve set aside for training, this should hopefully ease the amount of contact they try to make during these periods.   

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