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:
I am continuing to work in the business - can I continue with my apprenticeship?
Yes, whether you are in the workplace, or working from home, you can continue to study towards achieving your apprenticeship.
Our team will be in contact with each apprentice, and develop an individualised plan to help you to continue learning. Our tutors will continue to use Smart Assessor to share resources, mark work and track off the job training.
I have been furloughed - can I continue with my apprenticeship?
Yes, this may be the perfect time for you to get ahead with your apprenticeship studies, and maximise your use of time whilst on furlough.
What happens if I cannot continue to study towards my apprenticeship?
If, for some reason (e.g. sickness or because of business needs perhaps), you are unable to continue to study at this point in time, please contact the college. We can then advise you based on your individual circumstances. It may be that a Break in Learning is appropriate.
What is a break in learning?
A break in learning is when an apprenticeship is paused. During the break, the apprentice will not be expected to engage in study or record off the job training. The impact of this is that the end date for your apprenticeship will be extended, which may mean that you have to extend the end date of your employment contract.
What happens if I am made redundant?
If this happens, please contact us immediately. If you are in the last 6 months of your apprenticeship, then college can work with you to help you complete your programme.
If you are not in the last 6 months of your apprenticeship, then we will work with you to find another apprenticeship in order to continue with your programme.
How will I be supported?
Assessments: You should continue to prepare and submit assessments in the normal way and continue to use our electronic portfolio (Smart Assessor), TEAMS or via the VLE as specified by your tutor.
Exams: We will continue to be guided by the Department of Education, Institute for Apprenticeships and the Exam Boards. We will share this information as it is confirmed.
It is important that you keep up to date with your studies and assignments, so must complete any activities set by college staff and engage in any ‘Teams’, classes or VLEs being set by course lecturers, including English and maths. Please stay in contact with your lecturer and/or your facilitator by email or telephone. The Government has been clear that whilst schools and colleges are closed learning must continue.
What about Functional Skills Maths/English/ICT?
If you are studying functional skills, one of our team will be in contact with you to arrange an individualised plan to help you continue your studies. Functional Skills exams are now able to be taken remotely, at home or in the workplace. We will discuss individual needs to support this process.
How do I contact the college?
Our staff are working from home. Your tutor and facilitator are available via email and mobile phone. If you are not sure who to contact, or do not have the correct contact number, please email email@example.com and one of team will make contact with you. Please bear in mind that some of our staff will be volunteering, caring for children, self-isolating or unwell themselves so they may need some time to respond to your enquires.
What if things change?
We will continue to update the COVID-19 page on the college website. Our facilitators will continue to be in touch with you and your apprentices.
You can also stay updated by following our social media platforms, which will be monitored as normal.
For more detailed FAQ’s related to your apprentices training during these unprecedented times, please access gov.uk for updated guidance.