Archive for March, 2020

Building Working Relationships – Juniper

During National Apprenticeship week we were excited to welcome Juniper to our Derby Hub for taster sessions giving their learners an idea of what an apprenticeship journey would entail.

We were delighted to receive such great feedback from Juniper about the working relationship they have built with our Learner Engagement Team

Geason Training have supported our students over the past few months with various activities. They have conducted mock interviews, currently supporting a student with an administration work placement and arranged a taster day for our business administration students for national apprenticeships week. The team are extremely knowledgeable and have given our student fantastic IAG. The taster day consisted of a formal presentation with one of the tutors/assessor, discussing digital marketing and ICT apprenticeship. The tutor discussed in detail what their entry requirements are, how long the apprenticeship is for level 3 and level 4, how the students will be assessed and how this is measured and companies Geason are currently working with. The presentation was extremely informative. The tutor set the students a task using the Canva to create a leaflet that would attract potential apprentices with the information that was discussed with them in the presentation. The verbal feedback from the student after the event was extremely positive. This has had a positive effect on our student as it have help them understand expectation progressing into higher education. The taster day was professional and very well organised, we look forward to the next taster day. Lauren and Martin kindly offered one of my student with an administration work placement. Lauren and myself conducted a risk assessment prior to the student starting, this was to ensure the placement was suitable for the student and for the work taster day. We arranged a meeting with the student, myself, Lauren and Martin. This was to discuss her duties and responsibilities, times, days and how we will all be supporting the student throughout her placement. When the student start Lauren ensured a full induction was completed. We have weekly contact to discuss the students’ progress and attendance, the employer feedback has been consistent and the staff have made my job easier. Martin has plans for the student to help her further develop in the work placement, by supporting them with blogs and posting on their social media. The student’s feedback from her placement has been extremely positive, she is thoroughly enjoying it and feel safe and supported. The student would like to progress onto a Level 3 Digital Marketing apprenticeship and she feels this placement will give her the platform she needs to progress positively from Juniper. My overall experience with Geason has been outstanding and I am looking forward to continuing a positive working relationship with them.

Michaela Watters – Progression Co-ordinator

We have built a strong work relationship with Geason over the past year. Their approach and attitude to working with young people has always been very professional and nothing is too much trouble.
My first meeting with Lauren Beavis was very informative and she was keen to offer her support with our students undertaking mock interviews. Student feedback following mock interviews with Lauren and Aaron, was extremely positive. They felt that Lauren and Aaron were professional, friendly and both gave clear and detailed verbal feedback, as well as formative feedback by completing Juniper feedback forms. As a result of the time and care they invested in our learners, our students felt more confident to tackle future interviews  and they had a clear understanding of their strengths and the areas that they needed to develop. Lauren has offered her services to us many times and she was very proactive in setting up a Work Taster Day at Geason, as part of National Apprenticeship week. I attended this trip and it was well organised and all staff supported our Learners. Every student that attended the work taster are now aware of progression routes onto Geason Apprenticeships and they have a clear understanding of employer expectations.  

Natalie Cundy – Recruitment Officer

Top Tips for Working from Home

As the current situation continues to evolve, many workers and learners will now find themselves working from home.
For some, working from home is part of their usual or occasional routine, for others, it is an entirely new experience and one they may be unsure how to navigate.

Looking for a bit of advice on how to handle a change to the usual working routine?
Here are a few of our top tips.

Set up a dedicated working area

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a ‘home office’ or a spare room, but you do need to have a dedicated space where you can work.  It could be the dining table or the kitchen worktop, a fold away table or even the garden shed. 

Having a dedicated space to work from will help you to get into the mindset of ‘going to work’ and to develop a sense of routine.

Get Dressed

We get it, the temptation to work in our pyjamas is strong!
What you wear isn’t important, you can dress as you would for going into the office or place of learning or you can dress casually but getting dressed will help you to focus on working,

Develop a routine

It may sound silly, but developing a sense of routine really helps when you are working from home.
While you may not have to coordinate your lunch around your colleagues to the same extent, it will help to have a rough routine for when to plan to start, finish, take a break or stop for lunch.  

Remember to focus but also switch off

Distractions are everywhere – social media, streaming services, neighbours, the weather, but it’s essential to try and focus without letting too many of those distractions consume our time.

Overworking is so easy to do when working from home.  You can absolutely adapt your usual working schedule to work for you while working from home but try not to burnout by staying in the zone all day every day, it’s important to switch off too.

Be mindful of other people’s time

Manage their expectations and give them a realistic idea of when you may be able to pass on information or complete tasks.

Prioritise your tasks

Review your list each day and think realistically about what you can achieve. 
Mark which tasks are urgent, which are not quite as time-sensitive and what you are unable to achieve. 

If a task wouldn’t usually sit with you, but you have the time and skills to do it without deviating from your own role, that’s fine but if you think you may struggle, speak to your line manager who may be able to identify a solution.

Get creative with your to-do list

You may be happy with a pen and paper; you might thrive on phone or calendar reminders. 
You may be a visual person and prefer to work with a vision board. 

Feel free to get creative and work your list into a format that makes you feel inspired and ready to conquer the day ahead. 

Stay in touch

It can be easy to feel completely cut off from the outside world. 

Many workplaces have provisions in place, such as social media groups, instant messaging services, online hangouts to help staff keep in touch with others.  It’s essential to stay in touch with each other for morale, information and even our own mental health. 

For those not used to working from home or setting up a workstation, there is a great guide on the HSE website which has some great information on working practices: Working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Do you have any tips for working from home? Comment below and let us know!