Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough colleges are continuing to teach and train through the Coronavirus lockdown across further education, apprenticeships and higher education.
Working towards a Level 3 qualification in Education and Training at Lincoln College has really helped learner Elise Saitch, who has already progressed in her career since starting the course.
And despite working remotely at home due to the current coronavirus restrictions, Elise says she is on track and progressing well.
“Initially it was hard to find the motivation to study - we went into lockdown the week before we were due to start to deliver the micro teaches and we also had assignments that were due in at the end of the March,” says Elise.
“As a mum of two teenage daughters, one of whom was dealing with the emotions of having their GCSE's cancelled, I found it difficult to balance supporting them, working full-time from home and studying; it felt like it had slipped down my list of priorities. However, without the need to ask, Gavin, our tutor, suggested to all of us on the course that we extend the deadline for the assignments to allow us the time we needed to readjust to the 'new way of life' and that we would review the micro teach delivery when the first lockdown was reviewed.”
She said it has been this kind of flexibility and supportive approach to her learning, that has made all the difference.
“This helped me to set myself realistic timescales for completing the assignments that I then approached in 'bite size chunks' working on them a section at a time to help me balance my priorities without feeling overwhelmed.
“The support from Gavin has been brilliant as ever, through the entire course he has been there to provide support and guidance along with appropriate stretch and challenge. In the early days, when it was becoming a strong possibility that we would be in lockdown, Gavin talked to us about the possibility we would need to deliver our micro teaches digitally, providing us not only with support and suggestions as to what platforms we might use, but also allowing us thinking space to process what was happening without adding to the pressures we were under due to the unfolding COVID picture.”
Elise has been using Microsoft Teams throughout the course for handing in assignments, sharing resources and generally keeping in touch, but hadn’t used the video call option until she started studying from home.
“Once we went into lockdown Gavin started to use the video call option to enable him to continue to provide lessons to us, in essence all that changed was we were sat at home watching from our computers as opposed to physically being in college. The fact that this was up and running the day after lockdown started, was testament to Gavin and all involved, it was a seamless transition.”
Before starting the course, Elise worked as a Senior Business Support Assistant at Lincolnshire County Council, but needed to study for this qualificationto enable her to progress and apply for a position within the Organisational Training Team, a move that she has now completed.
“My career aspiration when I started the course was to become an Organisational Trainer for the County Council Business Support Learning Centre, supporting apprentices to complete apprenticeships.
“I am at my most professionally content when supporting others to develop, it brings me a great sense of job satisfaction. Since being on this course I have been able to progress my career and have recently been appointed as part of the Organisational Training Team.”
Find out more about Lincoln College’s online courses by visiting the website, where you will see a range of subjects and details on how to enrol. Search the courses here.
Lincoln College is recruiting school leavers and adults to technical training courses, A-levels, apprenticeships and degree courses starting in September. To ease anxiety, we’re giving automatic conditional offers on all technical training courses and A-levels. Just Search for your course and apply now.
For degree courses conditional offers still apply as standard and we’ll do phone or video chat interviews if they’re necessary. Just search for your course and apply now.
And for apprenticeships we’re still recruiting to vacancies – check them out here.