Alone in a room with a computer, Harriet (not her real name), is sat in front of a computer panicking. She has no idea what to do or what’s expected of her, she’s been told to ‘do the marketing’ and given no guidance. Harriet is a Digital Marketing Apprentice and has been taken on by a company, who like many others, like the idea of a cheap employee. She has not been given an induction, just a series of passwords for the company’s social media accounts and a briefing on what the company does.
Next month I’m chairing a London conference on mental health in the workplace and it’s got me thinking about the work we do in the FE sector. Whether you are working with apprentices or in a higher education setting, the pressure on the young people is evident in today’s fast-paced technological world.