Coronavirus: FAQs for employers and partners
Updated: Friday 20 March 4pm.
As we receive more information, we will update the following questions and answers.
How will teaching and assessment continue?
Following on from the government’s decision to close schools and colleges across the country from Friday, we will continue with our aim of delivering online teaching and support to all of our students from Monday 23 March.
The College remains committed to delivering a high-level of education to all of our valued students, and we will endeavour to continue this service using remote resources over the coming weeks.
Classes will continue remotely via a virtual learning platform as per the existing timetable. Delivery methods will include email, telephone and other platforms used by the College, such as Google classroom.
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.
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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 will now move to 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 email@example.com. 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 yourself 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are visits and face-to-face meetings now cancelled?
All visits and meetings will move to remote contact. 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 daily updates on the website . If you require further information, please visit: www.gbmc.ac.uk/covid-19
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
The UK government has issued clear guidance on how we can all work together to stop the spread of Coronavirus and save lives during the outbreak. The most important aspect of this guidance for people with no symptoms is 'social distancing'. This means:
1. Don't go out unless absolutely necessary
2. Keep 2 metres apart from people you don't live with
For more information about how to keep yourself and others safe at this time please visit the government website.