Hoping you are all safe and well and adapting during the lockdown.

March of course for all of us was a rather extraordinary month.  My usual end of month blog is late again, as I try and adapt to life in lockdown.  You would have thought that I would have had even more time to write a blog, but in fact there has been so much to sort and reorganise.  My normal way of working supporting those within the Learning and Skills sector has changed direction, as those within it endeavour to deal with the lockdown.

All inspections suspended indefinitely, and of course all face to face training workshop sessions postponed.  Most people are rejoicing at this news, but spare a thought for my colleagues at Newcastle City Learning.   Having worked tirelessly on a comprehensive improvement plan for the last 18 months they were wanting to show Ofsted the impact of all their hard work, and their certainly has been impact, with much improved outcomes for learners in all areas of provision. They were ready.

This month I have been working with a new client, they also have had to quickly adapt their models of delivery to accommodate a new programme of learning in warehousing and storage on behalf of Amazon, and to ensure that their current apprentices continue to be supported throughout this difficult period.

Similarly, I am continuing to work with a provider to ensure their apprenticeship provision is of the highest quality and their apprentices continue to develop new knowledge and skills as emerging team leaders, whilst also working to manufacture essential drugs during the pandemic.  Like many other providers, they have had to move all their delivery on-line quickly and to provide support remotely to their apprentices.  Interestingly, the current situation has created some naturally challenging but relevant opportunities for the apprentices to put into practice their new knowledge and skills in managing their teams in times of change and challenge. Being responsive and resilient is so important for all of us.

I have also been working on establishing a new exciting partnership with Innersummit Ltd to provide the new L4 Learning and Skills Teacher apprenticeship programme which should be ready for our first enrolments in September 2020.  I am over the moon to be working in partnership with Innersummit Ltd in this respect, and know that by joining our expertise together we will be able to deliver the highest quality initial teacher training.  We hope provide a relevant programme to practitioners supporting the delivery of high-quality apprenticeship provision. 

Keep an eye on the website for further updates as our development phase moves forward over the summer. 

Keep Safe.