Welcome to the sixth in a new series of weekly insights, delving into the lives and thoughts of college staff working from home.

This week, we hear from Awen Mai Williams, who is an HSC Assessor at the Llangefni campus.

Working as an assessor during lockdown has been a challenge in many ways and, as my learners work in the care sector, and are therefore classed as key workers, we as staff have had to ensure that our support is available to them whenever they need it.

This is a difficult time for everyone, but especially for people who are working in the care sector as their way of working has completely changed. Some of our learners have come into direct contact with Covid-19, which has made this a worrying time for both them and us. 

Despite this, I feel that my students are coping really well in these uncertain times. They are highly motivated, and they have been sending me work regularly via email. I make sure that they know we are here for them, whenever they need us, and staff also made a short video to thank them for their commitment during this difficult time.

As staff, we have regular team and standardisation meetings, along with plenty of catch-ups, which have all been very positive. We're currently working with a brand new qualification, which in itself has presented its own challenges, but we are working closely with the Essential Skills Qualifications team and the Work Placement Officers to ensure its success.

We have still been taking on new students and signing them up throughout lockdown, whilst also supporting current students to complete their qualifications. As a team, we are working closely with both Internal and External Quality Assessors to identify different assessment methods.

On a personal level during this time in lockdown, I have been doing all I can to help others by picking up their shopping and prescriptions, and cooking meals for older family members.

I have taken up cycling as well as running. Back in October 2019, I started Irish dancing lessons and have kept this up during lockdown. I've also started to teach my 5-year-old daughter in the hope that, by the end of the summer, we will be able to do the Riverdance!

Juggling work, home schooling and childcare has been really hard at times - at 5 and 2, my children still need a lot of attention! - but my husband is also currently working remotely, so at least I have another helping pair of hands if needed!