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Apprenticeship Newsletters - May 2020

Pareto Law Mission

‘To Empower People and Businesses Worldwide to Unleash their Potential

Pareto Law Apprenticeship Vision

‘Our vision is to be a leading Apprenticeship training provider in the UK offering innovative and high quality learning experiences for both learners and businesses. Guided by our core values, we are focused on learner excellence and aim to elevate apprenticeships to the highest possible levels of attainment. Our developing partnerships with employers are key to achieving this aim and to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to reach their full potential in a safe and supportive environment’.

Editor's Pick
May 2020

Out of all the sadness, fear and frustration the last couple of month’s has also had its highlights. Without doubt the most positive has been how brilliantly Pareto, Employers and Apprentices have shown just how amazing, caring and truly innovative they are!

Social media has come alive with fantastic stories about what Pareto Law are doing, going above and beyond to support our learners, showing their creativity and adapting to the challenging environment. We have found new, innovative and exciting approaches to remote delivery.

With new practice come new challenges such as managing quality for home working and remote delivery. Despite COVID-19 we have a lot to celebrate. Currently there are 70+learners in gateway awaiting results. Below is a breakdown of our achievers so far for 19/20.

Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance

Gaining an Apprenticeship can have positive impact on your career progression and open opportunity to a variety of career opportunities including internal promotion, additional roles and responsibilities and further qualifications. Pareto Law adopts the following principles as a basis for its IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) and Careers Services:

Accessibility and Visibility
We aim to provide recognised and trusted IAG services which are signposted and made available to all apprentices at all times. We aim to ensure learners have up-to-date resources within their reach.

Professional and Knowledgable
Our staff have the ability to quickly and effectively identify learners’ needs and if necessary signpost or refer them to a suitable alternative careers/education services.

Effective Connections
Where learners are signposted to suitable alternative services we aim to support them in that transition. Our IAG services are targeted to the needs of our learners. IAG interventions are recorded and audited to ensure quality.

Our staff have the ability to quickly and effectively identify learners’ needs and if necessary signpost or refer them to a suitable alternative careers/education services.

Our IAG services aim to support learners to make informed choices, on Apprenticeships, adult levy and progression routes, based on their needs, interest, prior attainment and circumstances.

Our IAG services aim to reflect the present and future needs of our learners and local Labour Market demands.

Friendly and Welcoming
We aim to provide services which encourage the learners to successfully engage with us.

Our IAG services aim to engage and support learners in becoming life-long learners, allowing them to explore and plan their careers through access to and use of information.

We aim to make clients and learners aware of the relevant IAG services available to them and to have an informed expectation of those services.

Quality of information and advice given throughout the Apprenticeship programme:

Excellent 55%
Good 36%
Standard 9%
Poor 0%

You Said...We Did...Learner Voice

At Pareto we strive for Excellence!

Albeit we have scored very high in the ‘good’ category. We would like to share with your some of our ‘Excellent Data’. This data is derived from learner survey feedback and what our Apprentices are telling us. Action plans are in place to address any gaps and improve the learner experience.

We have improved the quality of feedback and action plans given by your Skills Coach:
2019- 59% of learners rated this excellent
2020- 76% of learners now rate this excellent 

We continue to improve the information and training on Safeguarding and Prevent:
2019- 45% of learners rated this excellent
2020- 66% of learners now rate this excellent

You are more knowledgeable, confident and competent a result of the Apprenticeship:
2019- 36% of learners rated this excellent
2020- 64% of learners rated this excellent

You are treated fairly as an individual:
2019- 45% of learners rated this excellent
2020- 67% of learners rated this excellent

Health and Wellbeing

We all know the steps we should take to protect our physical health. Practising social distancing. Washing hands regularly. Wearing a face-mask outdoors.

But here at Pareto Law, we believe your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health. Follow these 5 steps to keep your mind healthy during this time.

Get into a Daily Routine

Getting yourself into a regular routine may sound tricky at this time. After all, the strategy around dealing with COVID-19 is changing day-by-day. And that in itself can affect mental health.

Why is a routine so important for your mental health?

It provides predictability to your life, helping you feel that you, and nothing else, is in control.

When your day is organised by a routine, you know what to expect.

It reduces stress levels by distracting your attention from anxiety-inducing things. Establishing a daily routine doesn’t mean you need to be doing something every minute of the day. In fact, the best routines are those that include small, simple and meaningful tasks. Washing and getting dressed, a home workout or cooking dinner.

Knowing that you have set tasks each day, can help you regain a sense of normality during an abnormal time.

Start a Thought Journal

We all feel overwhelming emotions at times. The key to preventing your emotions from becoming damaging to your mental wellbeing, is to find a healthy outlet for them.

And that’s where a thought journal comes in. All you need is some paper and something to write with. A pen, a crayon, a lipstick - anything that helps you to log your emotions in writing.

A journal is not a diary. Instead it’s a tool to help you process the thoughts circulating your mind and connect these to your emotions and health. So don’t worry about the spelling or neatness. Be as honest and open with yourself as possible.

Limit Time Spent Watching News

Keeping up to date with what’s happening in the world can be beneficial. For example, knowing what the government advice is around COVID-19 can inform your decisions to protect yourself from the virus.

But excessively consuming the wrong type of news can lead to worry, anxiety and stress.

To combat this, the World Health Organisation suggests watching the news only so you can take the practical steps you need, to protect yourself and those around you. Once you have this information you can stop watching.

Another thing to think about is the type of news you watch. Alarmist news coverage (news that focuses on disaster reporting with only negative coverage) is particularly toxic. You should avoid this.

Try to stick with reliable and informative news sources such as BBC, Sky and GOV.UK. If you are seeking medical related advice around COVID-19, visit NHS.UK.

Stay Connected to Friends and Family

Humans deal better with stress when we work together and share our feelings with others.

If you feel stressed, anxious or experience negative thoughts, reach out to somebody. Modern tech allows you to connect remotely with those in your life, with just the tap of a few buttons.

Not sure what app to use? Houseparty, Zoom and Skype are some good ones to start with.

It’s also important to stay connected to things that will help protect your mental health and not those that cause negative thoughts. So, if there are any social media accounts or people that increase your worry or anxiety, consider muting or disconnecting from them.

Focus on Value Activities

A value activity is anything that benefits you. In terms of your mental health, this can include:

Exercise stimulates the release of cortisol, a chemical that helps to manage stress. It also allows you to focus your attention on the task, rather than worrying about other things.

Cleaning for just 10-15 minutes can give you a sense of control over your environment. It also improves your sense of accomplishment.

Hobbies are a simple way to improve your mental health. Reading a book, cooking a tasty treat or playing a musical instrument are all ways of turning your attention to something positive.

Ensuring you put some time aside each day for value activities is really important.

Not only are these activities fun and boost your mood, but value activities offer respite from more stressinducing activities like preparing for an exam, or food shopping during a pandemic.

Success Stories 

Dean has maintained a consistent standard of work during his apprenticeship, and recently won an award as the most successful apprentice in the company’s whole European operation over the 4th quarter. This is a testament to Dean’s hard-work and commitment, both of which are evident in how he has spent his period of furlough; turning his hand to DIY to build skateboarding ramps for his children, and a multi-gym for himself. It hasn’t solely been handiwork for Dean though, as he has been eager to continue his development, using his spare time to complete his functional skills work. This has meant that he is now ahead of schedule, and with a great chance of going through gateway early!

Elli has been a consistent worker and apprentice, every challenge that has been thrown her way has been resolved quickly, and efficiently. Elli is very responsive and will always delivers a quality of work above and beyond what is asked of her, quickly and efficiently. On top of this she has made herself available for work and to do other duties outside of her normal sales role. Elli took 6 weeks total of furlough, completing admin tasks whilst others were off and returning earlier than others for the same reason.

Having self-isolated early on due to health conditions, Matt was eager to make good use of his extended isolation as an opportunity for self-development. Utilising his newfound spare time, Matt has completed numerous DIY tasks around the house, and has turned to podcasts as an avenue for motivation whilst he continued to complete all of his academic work. By his own admission, the academic side of the course was always going to be the section of the course he found most challenging, despite this Matt has utilised the support network to it’s full extent; meaning he is now on the brink of getting through Gateway earlier than expected.


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