Remote working: A guide for apprentices and employers Part 1

The past year has seen increasing numbers of people working and studying from home, with apprentices often being no exception. Studying or working from home can bring its challenges for many of us, especially with the lack of face-to-face contact it can bring. However, the difficulties facing apprentices can be quite significant, as an apprenticeship requires an appropriate level of support to be given to apprentices who are still learning their vocation. In this article, we look at some of the things that apprentices can do to improve their home working situation to maximise their ability to work effectively on a remote basis. We also cover some of the things that employers can do to ensure that their apprentices are properly supported if they cannot complete their apprenticeship in a workplace environment.

Remote working: tips for apprentices

1. Get organised: The first point on our list is crucial for anyone working from home, regardless of whether you’re completing an apprenticeship or not. If you’re an apprentice you must ensure that you have a clear timetable of work, have an effective work schedule to stick to and are prepared to structure your work to meet any deadlines you may have. Getting organised at the beginning of your apprenticeship is the best way of ensuring that you’ll be able to meet all of your work or study obligations without the risk of falling behind in future.

2. Have a properly set-up workplace: This point very much relates to getting organised and is also important for any apprentice working from home. Make sure that you have a quiet place to work in your home where you can be free of any interruptions, and that you have access to a proper desk and a computer with a reliable internet connection. It might also be best to talk to your family or housemates about your working arrangements so that they can be aware of any needs you might have pertaining to space or internet access. If you’re going to be sitting at a desk for long periods it’s also important to have a proper office chair and desk to work at.

3. Talk to your employer or tutor about support: All of us can find home working to be a challenging process at times, especially if it’s for long periods of time. If you feel you need more support from your employer or tutor, be sure to ask them for any help if it’s needed, whether it’s regarding flexible working hours or support with your learning needs. Apprentices are not expected to know everything, so it’s to be expected if you need some support occasionally. Your tutor or employer should always be there to answer any questions you may have.