FAQs for employers and partners | March 2021

Your questions answered

The Government has announced that colleges can resume face-to-face teaching. Please read the frequently asked questions below for guidance.

Please check back regularly as any updates will be posted here. Should your question not be answered within the following FAQs, please email marketing@gbmc.ac.uk

  • When will face-to-face teaching resume?

    Face-to-face teaching for the vast majority of courses will resume from Monday 15 March.

    In line with government advice, we will be prioritising our courses for 16-19-year-olds, apprentices and university-level students. These students will receive a mix of face-to-face and live online delivery from Monday 15 March.

    For some students, including the vast majority of our part-time adult provision, face-to-face teaching will not resume until after Easter.

    Curriculum teams will be in touch with their students to provide further detail relevant to their particular course.

  • How will students liaise with their teachers?

    Teachers will set work for students as per their existing timetable and will be available for support at the start of each session. Students will be notified of available tutorial slots via their preferred method of contact. They will also be kept up-to-date on when they can expect feedback.

    For further information to pass onto your employees, please click here.

  • How will my apprentice continue their programme remotely?

    Facilitating continued learning and development for our students and apprentices is a high priority for the College.

    Assessor visits are currently carried out through remote contact. Our assessor team will be in contact with your staff member and their line manager to support their learning and to arrange a virtual meeting.

    Evidence and work can still be submitted to an assessor via email or through Google Classroom/Drive for remote feedback and assessment. The assessor will be in touch to agree on a preferred way of working moving forward.


  • How do we contact you?

    In the first instance please email us at business.solutions@gbmc.ac.uk. Should you wish to speak on the phone, one of the team will arrange to call you.

    Please ensure we have the most up-to-date contact details for you and any staff who are undertaking programmes with us (including professional development courses, apprenticeships and courses for the unemployed). If you need to update your details, please contact us on the email address above.

  • Who do we inform you of our own company procedures in response to the current situation?

    We ask that you inform us of any risks, updates or procedures required by your organisation during this time. Please provide us with any relevant information relating to your employees’ or apprentices’ learning as and when it becomes available to you. Information should be sent to: business.solutions@gbmc.ac.uk

  • Will assessor visits and face-to-face meetings take place?

    All visits and meetings are currently being carried out remotely. We appreciate that we need to be flexible with our approach so should your organisation decide that any remote contact needs to be postponed, we will look to reschedule as appropriate.

    Our priority is ensuring our valued employers, apprentices, students and staff remain safe at this time. We will continue to post updates on the homepage of our website.

  • Which programmes will you continue to deliver?

    Our aim is to continue delivering all of our programmes to avoid any disruption to your employees’ education and training at the MET. If you feel this is a time to upskill your workforce and utilise your training budget, we have a number of distance learning courses and professional qualifications that can be completed online. For more information, please see: www.gbmc.ac.uk/employers

  • Where can I read the College's updates?

    All of our updates are posted to our news pages which you can view here.