Other Ways To Engage Your Trainees in Schools During COVID-19
What COVID-19 has reinforced for us is that our trainees are tremendously adaptable; proving to be an even greater asset to their school during this period than ever before.
Whether it was helping out with IT issues, organising online sporting activities or helping to prepare the school and classrooms for a return to face-to-face learning, their capacity to be flexible has been a significant benefit to their school.
Tassie Trainee, Chelsea Clarke, who is completing her traineeship with Ulverstone Secondary College in the School’s Sports Department had a change of responsibilities when her role was affected.
“I have been able to try new things and help others where I can which has been great for my work and personal development,” said Chelsea.
“I have been engaging in extracurricular activities such as learning about disability support in the workplace and autism spectrum disorder,” she added.
Trainees have been also going out on their own accord to complete online courses and workshops to strengthen their skills and knowledge around their traineeship roles.
Like Chelsea, trainee Keely Sharman, who is also from Tassie, has had a change of role in her Business traineeship at Marist Regional College.
“With my traineeship being mostly based around student activities, many of my plans this year had to change. This meant I had to instead encourage students to participate in non-contact programs such a reading programs and create new initiatives,” said Keely.
It was a similar story for trainee, Zac Wells, who is completing his traineeship in the Sports Department for Lumen Christi Catholic College in NSW.
His host employer and Head of PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) at the College, Mark Thompson, said, “During remote learning, Zac spearheaded the delivery of online PE activities for years 7-10. He has been amazing at adapting to new online learning platforms and understanding the difficulties students may be facing during these times.”
Although trainee’s regular day-to-day duties may have been disrupted, it’s true that they are able to contribute in many other ways.
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IMAGE: Tassie School trainee, Naomi Wakefield