Record number of online learners at Make UK

Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, has announced record figures using its online teaching resources, as hundreds of apprentices prepare for the weeks ahead of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over three quarters of its apprentice population of 1762, who are usually based at the Make UK Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham, were able to continue their studies online in the first week of virtual teaching and assessments, with a record 118 online learners recorded in one day, being taught their academic studies.

Stephen Mitchell, Director of Apprentices and Technical Training, commented: “These are testing times for all businesses and educational institutions; through our interactive online classes, our team of highly experienced lecturers have been able to maintain studies, with numbers going from strength to strength into the second week.

“We’ve also recorded some incredible levels of engagement with our target audience, who we speak to regularly in our ongoing work to encourage more young people to consider an apprenticeship as the next step in their career.”

Other statistics released by Make UK include:

Last week saw 15 lecturers teaching 42 groups online

3,326 emails sent to its talent pipeline

2,920 texts sent to its talent pipeline

56 telephone interviews completed

Raisa Matadar, a third year apprentice at Make UK, added: “Our new remote learning classes have enabled us to continue progressing in all subjects of our technical qualification. We have been able to engage in our lessons with our tutors, just as we would if we were back at the training centre. The most beneficial feature I have found is the ability to ask questions directly through the audio option and to be talked through the learning resources available e.g. PowerPoints and data sheets.”



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