Emerald Works have constructed an in depth support pack containing lots of training opportunities for people to use while working and learning from home.
The COVID-19 Support Pack, which is available on Emerald Works’ Mind Tools platform, offers more than 20 articles and videos on topical subjects such as working from home, running virtual meetings, mental health and decision-making under pressure. The most popular articles accessed to date are around the topics of staying focused while working from home and problem-solving.
Other topics covered in the Support Pack are working in a virtual team, managing emotion in a team, keeping calm in a crisis and mindfulness in the workplace.
Under current UK government guidance, everyone is required to work from home unless it is impossible to do so, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
While some companies have previously introduced a culture of flexible working, many people have never worked from home, leading to new challenges and additional stress in already worrying times.
The National Office of Statistics reported that in 2019 around 1.7m people were working mainly from home – with the evolving coronavirus outbreak, that number is rising dramatically.
With so many people working from home, Emerald Works is also seeing a significant surge in interest in people accessing the resources from Minds Tools. Figures from client sites show an increase in engagement and number of users to the Emerald Works Mind Tools toolkit – with a 33% increase in traffic week on week a 43% increase in traffic compared with the previous month.
The package of online learning solutions is drawn from the Mind Tools library of almost 2,500 resources which are divided into 12 skill areas such as leadership, creativity, strategy and project management. The resources are accessed by more than 24 million people each year.
In addition to the COVID-19 Support Pack, Emerald Works also uses its Minds Tools platform to provides and create customised online learning solutions for companies such as Tata Steel.
Louise Burge, Lead Projects Advisor at Tata Steel, said: “The Working From Home and Living Well custom pages created by MindTools during COVID-19 have enabled us to provide practical resources quickly to people on a range of relevant topics such as virtual meetings, managing remote teams and working from home. This gave people some much needed practical support during this challenging time.”
Peter Casebow, CEO of Emerald Works, said: “Our mission has always been to make a difference to people’s lives and give them the solutions they need to work smarter, overcome challenges, better their wellbeing and enrich their careers. With COVID-19 forcing so many people to work from home for the first time and disrupting normal ways of working, the challenges have never been greater and people need support more than ever.”
Emerald Works was launched in January when it brought together three established international learning organisations – GoodPractice, Towards Maturity and Mind Tools – to form one global company.
Emerald Works, which has offices in Edinburgh, London, Horsham, the US and Australia, works with global brands such as Virgin Money, Standard Life Aberdeen, Rolls-Royce, Edrington and AstraZeneca among its growing client base. With a focus on the USA, UK and Australia, the company now serves more than 2.5m learners and learning professionals each month, based in 180 countries worldwide.
“At Emerald Works, we’re committed to helping individuals and organisations around the world realise their full potential by using evidence-led learning solutions that work. We work together to build learning cultures that empower people to bring about real change for real impact.” www.emeraldworks.com
FREE Professional Development training – ESOL practitioners working with lower-level New to ESOL / ‘pre-entry’ learners.
Learning Unlimited have been in touch as they are offering FREE training for ESOL practitioners working with lower-level New to ESOL / ‘pre-entry’ learners. This is under their New to ESOL Project. They can tailor the training depending upon the attendees and the event timings can be anywhere between a half day (approx. 2.5 hours) and a full day (5 hours). To make sure that the format is correct to local practitioner/learner needs and interests a broad indicative ‘menu’ of topic choices or focuses which can combined to suit particular regional/local/practitioner concerns has been added below to highlight the topic areas that can be covered.
Learning Unlimited have the capacity to hold a few training days within the East Midlands up until the end of March so if anyone has a venue that can be used to hold this training, please do let me know.
This a great training opportunity for those involved in in pre-entry ESOL to gain further relationship and share practices along with gain further training and development .
If you are interested in either attending a training day and/or host a training day (either half or full) please be in touch.
Each of the ten sections contains between 1-2 hours of negotiable content: sections can be combined or adapted in any way to suit your local context.
Where to startTypes of learnerDefining basic literacyLearners as a resource
The language experience and whole word approach
Key approach to teaching basic literacy
Teaching absolute beginnersDifferent types of beginnerExperiential learning
Language and literacy practices
What are ‘literacy practices’?Integrating the ‘4 skills’ Cultural and linguistic norms and expectations
Digital practices for basic literacy
Developing digital literacies/using digital technologyDigital writing vs handwritingDigital literacy practicesBring your own device approaches
Focus on reading
How people readReading acquisitionExperiential activity
Focus on Writing
Experiential activities (Greek writing) Handwriting and digital writingMotor skills
Phonics for ESOL
Types of phonic approachesUsing some of the phonics packDeveloping reading and phonic attack skills Integrating phonics
New to ESOL resources – making them locally relevantThe top tips
Learners as curriculum designersCourse planningParticipating in society
Over the past two years Lincolnshire’s Volunteer Centres have offered a popular free online training programme to community organisations and volunteers operating in Lincolnshire. The training has been highly successful, with over 800 courses completed in the current financial year.
There are 31 courses available on the programme including safeguarding awareness, basic first aid, person-centred working and workplace wellbeing.
The programme currently runs until 31-Mar-2020 and there are a number of licences remaining which are now being opened up to the wider community. Any organisation or individual who is resident, volunteering or working in Lincolnshire can apply and find further information click here