We hope you are well in these difficult times.
This is a summary of the latest government guidance and the college's position on supporting your apprenticeship during this extraordinary time. Currently, the college buildings remain closed until further notice for the majority of staff and students, and we are operating as a virtual college.
We are working to ensure that no apprentice experiences long term disadvantage because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We've answered some FAQs below:
What will my apprentice do if they are not in college?
From week commencing Monday 11th January 2021, any scheduled sessions that were due to be in college will now take place online. The online sessions start and finish on MS Teams but may involve some off-line time in between to complete tasks. Engagement and learning will be expected from each apprentice throughout the full session.
Each week, our Lecturers will send an invitation (using MS Teams) to your apprentice’s college email address and this will indicate the start time of the session. Apprentices will require a device to access this session, either a laptop/desktop/iPad, etc. All apprentices have an MS Teams account enabled via their college email address. We have a small bank of laptops available for those who have no access, these can be applied for via the apprentice’s Facilitator.
What if my apprentice uses the college workshops?
For those apprentices who access our practical environments, we will be reviewing the training plan for each programme to focus on the theory development in the next few weeks.
If your apprentice is furloughed, we will expect them to attend the remote sessions we will encourage them to use this time to progress with their studies. We understand that many apprentices have been working in this way since March 2020 meaning there is little change to their training, but many will find this a new experience. Our Lecturers and Facilitators will support as much as possible but we also value support from employers during this challenging and unpredictable time.
Will my apprentice be expected to take part in the college COVID testing?
At this point and in line with government advice we are not planning to carry out COVID-19 lateral flow testing for Apprentices when they do return to college premises.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and if you wish to discuss this or any other matter further please contact the facilitator linked to your apprentice’s programme or email firstname.lastname@example.org.