College update - Friday 10 July 2020
Dear Student and Parent/Carer
On Wednesday the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, shared plans for the country's economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. This update outlined measures to support 16-24-year-olds with finding employment. We are reviewing what the summer statement means for us and our students and will share an update when we can.
We are really keen to support those in our community that have been made redundant or are unable to find work due to the impact of Covid-19. We recently launched our ‘Kick-start your career’ campaign to support a minimum of 1,000 people - read more here. Part of this campaign includes a series of free courses for the unemployed or those on low wages that will take place over the summer - find out more here.
The Government has outlined its plan for all children and young people to return to school and college full-time from September, with necessary adaptations and protective measures in place. This includes those students that have been advised by the Government to shield - the current shielding advice changes from 1 August. Click here to read the update from the Government.
We appreciate that you and/or your child may feel uneasy about attending college so we want to reassure you that safety remains our absolute priority. We have planned and implemented a whole range of safety measures to minimise the risk to both staff and students. In addition, a Covid-19 handout which outlines the procedures that must be followed will be provided before attending college. These measures include:
- Ensuring everyone on our sites regularly washes or santises their hands. We have installed numerous hand sanitiser stations to support this.
- Regular cleaning of any surfaces that are frequently touched throughout the college day.
- Staggering start times, breaks and end of lesson times to reduce traffic in our corridors and communal spaces.
- Reducing the number of students on site each day by maintaining an element of remote as well as face-to-face delivery.
- Promoting the Government’s safer travel guidance - click here to view this.
- Installing protective screens for our public-facing staff.
- Reinforcing the guidance that anyone who has or is living with someone with symptoms of Covid-19 must not attend college.
Some of our courses will continue to include a blended approach towards teaching and learning. This means that for some students there will be a mix of face-to-face and remote learning. Tutors will provide further details when timetables are issued towards the end of the summer holidays.
We will continue to update our website on a weekly basis with further guidance. We are also preparing additional resources to answer any questions you may have about the autumn term, whether you are a current or prospective student, an apprentice or one of our employer partners. These will be shared on our website as soon as they are available.