Life under lockdown with Julie Curtis

As we all know, our lives have been changed considerably over the last few months to an extent that no one could have predicted. As a result, we have had to adapt to our new circumstances whilst continuing to provide a quality service to our learners and employers.

Over the coming weeks, we will be providing you with an insight into how our staff here at McArthur Dean have coped with and adapted to the changing world we now live in due to Covid-19.  

Today, we talk to Julie Curtis, our Business Development Manager:

‘Well, I would like to start with the positives! Working from home means that I don’t have to spend 2 hours a day sitting in traffic jams as I try to get into Hull.  That is a real bonus!

Technology has also been amazing. Using Teams, Zoom and GoTo in order to communicate with my team has been crucial. As a result, we have been able to coordinate what we do each day and feed back to each other at the end of the day. In addition to this, we have been able to continue to interview potential Apprentices and keep up to date with regular staff meetings each week.

One of the hardest parts of working from home initially was remembering to stop for lunch and take a break from the computer screen, which is important.  However, I’m in a good working pattern now and have structured my day to cope with the current situation.  

Overall, the whole experience has been very unusual but I think we have coped with it and adjusted to the changes well.’


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To all our apprentices, trainees, employers and stakeholders. We hope you are well and keeping safe in these most difficult times. We just wanted to remind you that McArthur Dean’s staff will continue to work hard from home to help and support you as much as we possibly can and deliver the service you have become accustomed to.

We will, of course, update you on a regular basis. However, if you need further information please feel free to contact us on 01482 210093 or email us at and one of our staff will be happy to help. Please be assured that we are always there to help you…