Covid-19 has highlighted the crucial role of key workers in society, including those in industries such as health and social care, the supply and distribution of food and other essential items, utilities, transportation, the emergency services and the armed forces.

In a recent interview with FE Week, Seetec Outsource Apprenticeship Development Coach Clare Ramsbottom spoke about her role during the pandemic, and how further education has helped to prepare her apprentices for the crisis.

Clare Ramsbottom, Apprentice Development Coach, Seetec Outsource

Clare has been continuing to remotely train 50 learners on the level 3 international freightforwarding apprenticeship. “These are the young people who are keeping the country going, distributing PPE, bringing in food,” she explained.

Clare reminds the apprentices they are “an integral part” of the response to Covid-19, with the logistics industry arranging the delivery of stock to hospitals, factories and shops.

She said there have been a few early starts and late finishes but “it doesn’t feel like a job. I absolutely love what I do.”

Clare has had to adapt her work so now schedules video calls with learners, checks in with their managers and puts on “bitesize” days with regular mini-tasks such as workbooks or 30-minute online courses issued along the way.

She has also been “putting in extra time so that I can learn about the functional skill side and help my learners when it comes to maths and English”.

Clare started as an apprentice herself 27 years ago. She says that to now “be able to see the learners, who are also so passionate about it – it’s fantastic. It has come full circle.”

This interview was first published in FE Week on 26 June 2020. You can read the full article here.