Education – We’re here for you!

All those working in the Education sector are under a huge amount of strain and pressure during lockdown 3. Adjusting to new ways of doing things, with very little guidance on how, as well as little technological support.

This, for many, is a brand new way of teaching. There are bound to be hiccups and things to test all along the way – it’s more important than ever that teachers and parents work together, with a method for sharing constructive feedback by teachers, parents and students. Listening for all is vital, with adjustments being made as necessary. There is no rule book for teaching in school while also providing a learning provision for those being educated at home! We’re all finding our feet with this.

Many are resorting to Zoom sessions or using Teams as a way of communicating, which means relying on the wonders of technology. Here are our top tips for effective video calls:

  • With distractions in the classroom and at home for students, it’s important that within the classroom setting, you always face the camera with your head clearly in shot
  • Project your voice so you can be heard clearly.
  • Provide supporting documents, so the pupils have everything to hand for each lesson prior to the call.
  • Ask online learners to contribute just as much as if they were in the classroom, to enable them to feel included – you should have a system for taking children off ‘mute’ so they are able to speak, without talking over others.
  • Make lessons fun, interactive and use more visual aids.
  • Record lessons in case pupils are unable to join, or need to refer back to things said.
  • Do bitesize lessons rather than lengthy discussions – it is harder for children to concentrate when following lessons online.
  • Try and provide short 1:1 sessions for each online learner each week – if capacity allows.

We appreciate this is new for everyone. There will be bumps in the road, there will be frustrations, but together we can all find a way through, and we know it won’t be forever.

Ay Initial Recruitment, we remain here throughout lockdown to assist you. If you are struggling to recruit or need additional resource, we can help.

We are able to provide staff in the following areas:

  • 1:1 TA’s
  • General TA’s
  • Teachers for sick cover
  • FTC or catch up sessions

Please contact us for a confidential chat to see if we can offer a cost effective or interim solution.

Becky Oram

Initial Recruitment – Education

Let’s look for the positives

2021, 11 days in, almost half way through the month already. Hasn’t been great so far has it?! January is cold, dark and miserable enough in its own right so Lockdown 3.0 could easily leave us all feeling overwhelmed and pretty fed up.

I’m lucky enough to have great work colleagues who all look out for and support each other. While business continues to go through a less buoyant period, there is still plenty for us to focus on and to work hard towards. The Construction industry for us continues to be business as usual, we have vacancies to fill across the country. The Education sector are facing a challenging time, with additional strains being put on teaching staff to not only educate key worker children within the classroom, but also provide a learning provision for those children home-schooling. Hats off to them, they are working incredibly hard and we want to extend our thanks to all teachers and support staff. Having 4 children of my own now being home schooled, we are getting just a small taste of how tough your jobs really are.

At Initial Recruitment, we will do what we can to provide hints and tips and provide resource information for our colleagues in the Education sector and are open to fill any short or long term vacancies you may have during this difficult period.

The team and I have the greatest sympathy for those industries being directly affected by the economic downturn, especially the hospitality and leisure sector where recruitment is all but nonexistent. I hope that when the time come’s everyone makes the effort to support those businesses.

Let’s look for some positives. The days are still short but are getting longer, which means Spring is on the way and who doesn’t love Spring?

When Lockdown 3.0 comes to an end and some level of normality returns, we will once again be able socialise with friends and family, and go to our favourite restaurants and bars.  Until then, I plan to do my civil duty and follow the rules while doing my best to continue making the business a success and enjoying life at home. Oh, also lose some weight.

Joe Goatley

Managing Director

Initial Recruitment

Unskilled jobs need Professional People

Unskilled jobs need Professional People

This week we have received the news we have all been waiting for! Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has received MHRA approval, paving the way for mass vaccination. Life returning to a semblance of normality is on the horizon. We will be back in the bars and restaurants we love and enjoying life as we like it hopefully by the spring.

Something else was announced this week which is going to have a big impact on us. The government has announced the details of the UK’s post Brexit points based immigration system. According to the reports it’s user friendly and straightforward which it is, as long as anyone wanting to come to the UK has a PhD and a job offer. As expected, there is no place in the UK for unskilled workers who want to come here to seek the opportunity of a better life or even to just experience life in the UK.

Really simple and welcoming conditions to come to the UK, the epicentre of the British Empire and arguably the catalyst for international trade and the Global economy of today. Without getting too political I think it would be remiss to ignore the fact that it was the British who first started taking people from the lands of their forefathers and brought them here as our purpose saw fit. (Ok that was a bit political).

The basis for these conditions is to restrict the number of immigrants coming into the UK while upskilling the UK workforce. We want the cream of the foreign crop you could say.

Personally, I find this policy and the new rules for immigration unfair at best, xenophobic at worst (I’m not saying I’m anti Brexit or pro Brexit, just questioning the post Brexit immigration policy).  It is also going to leave us with a BIG problem and that is we need unskilled foreign workers.

Even if a role is defined as unskilled, we still need people who are professional to fill these jobs. To be professional is to demonstrate commitment to effective performance in a given job. Commitment and confidence, responsibility and dependability, honesty and professional presence are central professional characteristics. Without immigrant workers we will face a major hole in the supply of ‘unskilled’ but professional workers which large swathes of our economy rely upon.

So I suppose the key question is once the vaccines are rolled out and Covid-19 starts to fade out and become a thing of the past, who is going to serve us in the bars and restaurants we love, who is going to keep the shopping centres clean and who’s going to make sure we get our delivery the next day? There are simply not enough professional people willing to do the unskilled jobs to keep up with the demand as it is, let alone once we shut the door and tell them they’re not welcome.

Let’s hope the policy makers have something up their sleeves they’ve not told us about, otherwise it’s unlikely your new outfit will turn up in time for that table you’ve booked at the self-service restaurant.

Dan Broady

Initial Recruitment Limited 

Working from Home (WFH) – it’s a no from me….

Working from Home (WFH) – it’s a no from me….

Can most of us work at home? Yes, of course we can. We can set up a workspace, make phone calls, send emails and use whatever programs we need to remotely. By doing so we can carry out our duties as described within our job description and fulfil our contractual obligations. We all enjoy peace and quiet and WFH takes away all the distractions that get in the way of doing our job in a busy office.

So, we can be more productive and don’t even have to get dressed and leave the house to do so. Brilliant. Everyone’s a winner right?  

Not in my opinion. And I’m going to bore you with why I don’t believe WFH is a long-term alternative to working in an office.

Humans are social beings. Throughout the evolution of humankind, we have always worked in groups to achieve the best outcomes for our survival. By nature we organise ourselves and become an organisation made up of individuals with a common purpose or goal. To be successful as an organisation you need the right blend of individuals with the necessary skill sets and for those individuals to cooperate with each other.

We have spent thousands of years evolving and learning how to work together successfully through human interaction which involves reading each other’s body language, motivating each other, being able to ask each other questions and guide each other in many ways. In my humble opinion the technological revolution we have seen over the last 20 years leading us to the Zoom phenomenon has not yet rendered face to face human contact unnecessary.

This year has been really tough for many people. It has become apparent that social interaction with family and friends is vital for our mental health and wellbeing. Doing our job and following our careers takes up most of our waking hours so how could it be possible that isolating ourselves for all that time makes for a more efficient and productive human? Some of the time I’m sure it is a good thing, all of the time though? I believe that level of isolation across the whole population would make for a pretty sad group of people who don’t care whether they are productive or not.

Luckily this isn’t an academic piece of writing so I don’t need to back any of my opinions up with references to the work of much cleverer people, but I bet I could find some if I had to. So, for me I think an office provides an environment that works for both the wellbeing of the business and the wellbeing of those individuals that are the business. Beings together achieve more.

What are your thoughts?

Joe Goatley

Managing Director

Initial Recruitment Limited