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Stephens' story


Free distance and online learning helped Stephen through furlough.

Keeping active

Stephen was keen to continue learning and keep active after he was put on furlough at the end of March. He had been working full time as a pub manager whilst studying part time on the first year of a two-year PgCE course. So his life went from being very busy to having more available time. 

“I was working full time, generally over 40 hours per week whilst studying part time and each week I went into college one day and out on placement one morning. 

“The first year of my course came to an end and I was also put on furlough and almost overnight my life changed. I went from being very busy where I was constantly learning new things and engaging with a wide variety of people to having lots of spare time. I really felt that I needed to keep my brain active and to continue learning.

Getting support from Working Wales

“I was made aware by a family member that Working Wales had gathered information about distance and online courses available to people on furlough. I decided to visit the Working Wales website to find out more. 

“The information on furlough support was clear and concise and just what I needed. I was able to see in one place lots of providers that were offering distance and on-line and a direct link to find out more about the courses that were available.

Making the most of being on furlough

By accessing the furlough support page, Stephen decided to undertake a number of courses offered through the Open University and Alison. 

“I’ve now been able to complete ten courses in total, all education based and generally relating to post 16 compulsory education. 

"I’ve also been able to look into other areas of education such as behaviours, learning styles and educational psychology and motivation. 

“I really feel that these courses have kept me active and structured my day. 

“The array of courses has added to my teaching portfolio and enabled me to carry on learning during this time. They will hopefully enhance my future long-term career plans once I finish my PgCE."

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