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Support and encouragement helps keep home study on track

April 30 2020

Lincoln College Group is determined to ensure people in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and in its colleges abroad are not disadvantaged by Coronavirus-related social distancing.

Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough colleges are continuing to teach and train through the Coronavirus lockdown across further education, apprenticeships and higher education.

The Level 1 Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery is proving the right choice for Lincoln College student Amy Cole, who says it has opened up a variety of employment opportunities.

Amy joined Lincoln College in 2019 and enrolled on the course because it supported her chosen career path.

“I selected this course as I have a keen interest in woodworking and working in the construction industry. The course has opened me up to a variety of different possibilities for job roles. This course does support what I would like to do next within employment as it gives me the qualifications to be able to go further in my career.”

And Amy has managed to keep up with her study as best she can, despite the coronavirus restrictions meaning she, like thousands of other learners, are continuing their studies away from college.

“I have managed to do some practical work to keep myself used to doing certain methods of joinery and keeping myself busy. The other half of my course is theory work, which I can complete at home, which is great, and that work will go towards my final grade.”

Amy has overcome some of the challenges by researching projects she can do at home with the tools and materials she has – the fact her family is currently carrying out DIY jobs around the house has also helped, providing her with experience with different projects.

And Amy has managed to be quite disciplined in her approach in continuing her studies away from college, but admits it can also be quite challenging.

“Most days I don't find it difficult to get up and start doing my theory work on my computer, but if I decide to do some practical, I do find I have to be pushed a bit into starting it, but I think that is because I am in my home environment, whereas if I was in my class at college, I wouldn't be like that.”

Support from her tutors has also helped provide the motivation she needs to get the most from her course while at home.

“A lot of my motivation has come from my tutor, practical teacher and Progress Coach, as I have been keeping in contact through phone calls and emails. Some motivation has also come from speaking to my classmates and seeing how they are adapting and progressing.”

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.

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