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COVID-19 – An update for employers

We’re getting in touch to provide you the latest information on the college, the re-opening of our campus and how we are responding to the latest Government updates.

We have continued to work throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, supporting employers who have remained open for business and apprentices who have been able to continue with their training.

We have also continued to recruit to existing apprenticeship vacancies, working with employers who are keen to bring new apprentices into the business in time for the ‘re-opening’ of the UK.

Supporting your apprentices

The Government announced that colleges can start to provide more on-site learning from this week (15 June), but the majority of learning should still happen remotely where possible. The guidelines state up to 25% of students can attend college at any one time.

In order to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our apprentices, students and staff we have carefully formulating plans to ensure that we can safely engage with a minority of apprentices and students over the summer. The majority of apprentices and students will continue to learn from home.

It’s important to stress that apprentices can continue their learning during this period, even if they are furloughed. We highly recommend that apprentices are encouraged to stay on track with their learning and our tutors will stay in regular contact with them throughout their time on furlough.

We are currently implementing new safety procedures and processes for staff that visit apprentices in the workplace. We’ll be in touch with you over the summer to start looking at safe ways to re-engage with you and your apprentices in the workplace.

A safe learning environment

We have carefully reviewed our risk assessments and plans and are now implementing the changes across our main campus in Chesterfield and the Learning Unlimited centre in Derby.

I would like to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of apprentices, staff and students is at the forefront of our minds as we move forward.

For those who do return need to return to one of our sites in the coming weeks, we have implemented a range of measures, including:

  • Small group sizes
  • Increased facilities for maintaining hygiene and cleaning
  • Zoning the college buildings to ensure we can maintain social distancing
  • Perspex screens where close interaction is unavoidable e.g. reception areas
  • Staggered start and finish times to avoid large congregations

If you need any support from us now or over the summer, we are available as usual via email (info@learningunlimiteduk.com) or phone (0345 850 1055). We can help you to recruit any new apprentices you may require or advice on any other forms of staff training and development needs.