We asked Paul Fegan, Head of Apprenticeships at Alpha Development to tell us three challenges that employers and apprentices may be facing this year, and how we can support in facilitating solutions. Here’s what he said:
How has COVID affected apprenticeship learning?
“Despite the difficulties of 2020, we are seeing some real success stories. Individuals who are using what they learn on the apprenticeship programme to advance their careers. Feedback from line managers who say that they can see the difference in their staff performance as a result of the apprenticeship. Employees who are having to do English as part of the apprenticeship, and are benefitting from this, which would never have happened without the apprenticeship.
Virtual delivery has been difficult, but we used the requirement to deliver in this way to implement some changes which we had long been talking about. This included re-training our faculty to deliver virtually, and putting extra steps into our course design process to ensure that our virtual delivery is interactive and engaging. These are positive changes which will remain in future programmes.” – Paul Fegan.