Term 2 Covid Update
We are open for Learning!
Welcome back to term 2 at Gloucestershire College.
We are open as usual. Following the latest Government announcements, Gloucestershire College will remain open throughout the second lockdown period, and all full-time and part-time courses will continue to run as time-tabled for students and apprentices. It is very important that you continue with your education.
Whether you are a full or part-time student, apprentice, parent, applicant, or employer, here at Gloucestershire College we want to assure you that we have adapted all our campuses following the latest stringent government guidelines for educational settings to minimise the spread of Covid. Our campus Covid safety practices are listed in detail further below; and whenever a Covid positive case is confirmed we will work swiftly and closely with Public Health England and our Local Health Protection Team, to follow their guidance for the required contact tracing and isolation of students, apprentices and staff.
Our priority as a College is to continue to deliver face-to-face training where we can, but rest assured that we are ready and prepared to switch to online delivery should circumstances dictate. Currently all on-campus teaching will continue to be delivered as timetabled. But should Government guidelines change in the future, our tutors are well versed in delivering engaging and interactive content online, and we have internet study zones on each campus for those requiring access to computer equipment/ internet connectivity.
Why you should continue to attend College
We are Covid secure
- As of November 2 2020, we have had 6 students test positive for Covid out of 6,500 - that’s less than 0.1%, compared to 0.7% across Gloucestershire as a whole
- Thanks to students and staff following our Covid precautionary measures - whilst a small number of student bubbles have needed to self-isolate, there have so far this term been no resultant infections in these bubbles and no tutors have needed to self-isolate as a result of student infections
- Infection rates in Gloucestershire remain much lower than the Country, and surrounding areas
- Senior clinicians still advise that education is the best place for young people to be
- We have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe including (see full details below):
- Social distancing arrangements and extra cleaning
- AM/PM timetables for our full-time students to minimize footfall outside of lessons
- We are now requiring face coverings to be worn in all areas of campus except when in lessons (but you can wear in lessons should you wish to)
For your health and wellbeing
- Coming to College may be the only social contact you can have outside of your household
- Keeping your routine and education going is important for your wellbeing and mental health
For your future
- Students and Apprentices with the highest attendance get the best results, which increases their opportunities for when they leave College
- Committed students and apprentices develop the personal and professional skills employers want and get the best jobs
Supporting your Wellbeing
We are extremely mindful that Covid has created an unsettling environment for all and we are fully committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students, apprentices and staff throughout this academic year – and beyond. We are in this together and whilst we focus on delivering training, we also have a strong pastoral system in place to support any concerned or impacted individuals. Please visit: gloscol.ac.uk/wellbeing for useful resources and support from our safeguarding team.
Safety measures – Risk Assessments
Extensive, full risk assessments have been carried out across all three campuses - you can find a copy of our latest risk assessment here.
Important Information for all
We have important updates for everyone in the Gloucestershire College community. You can click on the buttons below to jump to the relevant information for you on this page.
Letters have been sent out to all students and apprentices with the important information below.
We have updated our expectations in relation to face coverings. From Thursday 5 November, all staff and students must wear face coverings in all communal areas, such as entrances, corridors, toilets etc.
You must continue to wear face coverings whenever you are not in your ‘bubble’ for example libraries, internet study zones, one to one meetings with staff. The only area where face coverings will not be required within the buildings is therefore in classrooms (although you can wear face coverings in class if you choose to).
If you have an exemption from wearing a face covering then please email email@example.com and a member of the team will be in touch to support you and provide a relevant pass that can be used on site.
We have worked extensively to ensure our campuses are Covid secure following the latest government guidelines. Our scheduled timetables are designed to maximise student and apprentice safety, whilst minimising contact with others.
The robust processes we already have in place include:
- Classrooms marked with dedicated teacher zone at the front of class to ensure staff remain 2 metres from students
- Visors for staff who on occasion may need to move from teacher zone to assist a student
- Class bubbles by course adhering to Government guidelines for classroom spaces
- Classrooms and workshops have been adapted based on latest government guidelines
- Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes available throughout campus
- One-way system around campus and protective screens where required
- Specifically designed timetables to minimise movement around campus
- Staggered start and end times
- No communal refreshment facilities open – e.g. café and coffee shops
- Enhanced intensive cleaning regimes throughout the day
- Compulsory wearing of face masks on public transport to and from College
- Compulsory wearing of face masks in all communal areas – including campus entrance and reception, corridors, toilets, libraries and internet study zones
- Face masks can also be worn by students within their specific bubble classrooms should they prefer to
What we expect from our students and apprentices on campus
Remember: Hands – Face – Space
We need you to:
- Attend all your face-to-face classes on campus as timetabled.
- Attend all your online delivery classes – including all English and maths online lessons as timetabled
- Wear a face mask on public transport to and from College
- Wear a face mask at all times on entering College and in all communal areas including reception, corridors, toilets, libraries and internet learning zones
- Follow the instructions relating to the one-way system on campus
- Maintain social distancing when outside of your classroom bubble, particularly in shared communal areas
- Adhere to the main instructions relating to increased hand washing and ‘catch it, bin it, kill it”
- Make sure you go straight to your timetabled room and leave the building as soon as your face to face sessions are finished
- Your class group forms your ‘bubble’ whilst on campus, please adhere to this and do not mix with other bubbles on campus
- Arrive no more than 15 mins before your timetabled session
- Follow staff instructions about designated workstations and computers during a session
- Bring your own stationery and any other course materials as outlined by your tutor
It is very important that you:
- Do not attend/enter a College building if you have any Covid symptoms or need to self isolate
- Report any Covid related absences immediately to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have been furloughed it is very important that you continue to attend College as per your timetable. Please confirm your furloughed status by emailing your GC Training Co-ordinator immediately.
What we expect from our students and apprentices outside of campus
We must all work together to keep everybody safe while at the College. We have all seen in the news reports from across the country of individuals blatantly disregarding Government Covid requirements and attending mass gatherings. If we believe that anybody has taken part in such activities and may present a risk by then coming into the College, we reserve the right to take disciplinary action including suspending them from attending the College.
Covid Absences and Self Isolating
All Students and Apprentices: If you are showing Covid symptoms and need to isolate or having to isolate because someone in your family has symptoms or tested positive, you must email:
- Students: email@example.com and your course tutor, student mentor and course leader/teacher - with your course name and student reference number in your email. For any other type of absence, please email your course tutor and student mentor as per the absence policy.
- Apprentices: firstname.lastname@example.org and your employer, College Training Co-ordinator, Tutor and Assessor/Trainer.
Please remember you should self-isolate if:
- You have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- You've tested positive for coronavirus
- You live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
- You're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
- You arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk – see: GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK
Unsure about Covid symptoms and whether to get a test?
In September, Public Health England produced a helpful letter, which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children and young people being taken out of education unnecessarily and answer some of the questions around testing. We think this is still a useful signpost for parents who are unsure if their child needs testing or not. Please see a copy of the letter here.
Virtual open events for Year 11 school leavers, Year 10, and parents
Whilst we’d love to welcome you on campus to see first-hand our fantastic student facilities, we’ve had to move our popular open events online this year. But you won’t miss out! You’ll still get to meet our friendly dedicated teaching teams, hear about our wide array of full time courses for 16-18 years olds, and watch videos of our fabulous three campuses and all they have to offer. All our events will have a live Q&A where you can ask our teachers and learning support staff any questions about our courses at GC.
Make sure you register for our next virtual open events from Monday 9 to Monday 16 November 2020 for Year 11 school leavers, Year 10s and parents.
Virtual open events for University Level, Adult and part time professional courses
We’ll be hosting an event online in December – email: email@example.com to register interest and we’ll be in touch!
Applications for 2021
You can now apply online for September 2021 starts for:
- Full time programmes for 16 – 18 year olds (Levels 1–3)
- Apprenticeships (Many of our apprenticeships start throughout the year - so there is no need to wait for September!)
- University Level courses and apprenticeships (Levels 4–6)
- Adult part-time courses
NEW Online courses for adults
We are also offering some adult courses with 100% online delivery for those who prefer not to attend campus – some of which run throughout the year and are completely free! Our free training courses are fully flexible to fit in around your lifestyle, and you can start your course and study at any time. Discover our full range of courses and apply online here.
Applications for Adult professional courses
All of our open events and applications for 2021 courses are currently online – however, for some of our adult professional courses we may need to invite you onto campus for interview/assessment. We have carried out extensive risk assessments and you will receive clear guidelines by email from our Admissions Team. We ask that on arrival you wear a face covering, use the sanitisation station on entry, sign in with reception and adhere to our strict social distancing policy whilst following the one-way system to your allocated classroom. Further instructions will be given to you in your session on how to use and navigate the campus safely in line with our latest procedures.
If you have any applicant queries or concerns please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolment for September 2021
We are currently planning to undertake our enrolment online for September 2021 starts. This will be carried out after GCSE and A Level results in August 2021.
Online enrolment for some adult courses and university level courses will start earlier in the summer of 2021.
Get in touch
General Covid enquiries or concerns? Please email our student services team at: email@example.com or call 0345 155 2020.
For specific application enquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employers who currently employ a GC apprentice
- Any staff members have tested postivie for Covid and had recent contact with your GC apprentice
- If you have to furlough an apprentice
- You have any queries or concerns about the Covid measures in place at GC within our training workshops/classrooms and the impact of the second lockdown
Then please contact: email@example.com or call: 01452 563400 immediately. Please note that it is very important that furloughed apprentices must still continue to attend College as per their timetable.
If your business can continue to operate throughout the second lockdown, it is your responsibility to ensure your workplace is compliant with Covid government guidelines to ensure a safe working environment for apprentices.
We are here to support your business through the second lockdown and into 2021
We appreciate this is an incredibly difficult time for many of our local employers. Our dedicated Business Hub Team is here to fully support you, whether that is guidance on your current apprentice commitments, utilising our flexible January apprenticeship start programmes to help kick start your business in the new year; or taking advantage of any staff training opportunities whilst on furlough. See below for the many options of how we can help support you further.
Training and upskilling existing staff
- Free training courses
- Professional short courses
- Part time professional courses
- Apprenticeships for staff to support the running of your business
We offer a variety of training programmes with flexible funding options and start dates to suit your needs. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01452 563400.
New recruits and trainees
We appreciate these are such difficult times, but we also know that Covid unemployment is hitting our young people hardest and drastically shrinking their career opportunities. This will ultimately damage our local economy further down the line with future skills shortages. For businesses who can, it has never been more important to help the next generation succeed and offer training opportunities to our hard-hit Covid generation. We offer a variety of opportunities for businesses to help the next generation in any way they can:
- Apprenticeships – Give a chance to a young person and build the talent pipeline of your business for the future. Your business can receive up to £3,000 for each apprentice hired by 31 January 2021. We offer over 45 apprenticeship programmes available from Level 2 all the way up to Degree qualifications. We have apprenticeships starting in January 2021 and throughout the year. Find out more here.
- Traineeships – Support a young person into employment by providing them with valuable work experience. Traineeships at Gloucestershire College include an 8 week intensive classroom learning programme delivered on campus followed by a 6 week work placement with one of our employer partners. Your business can receive £1,000 per trainee you take on. Find out more here.
- Kickstart programme – Support young people most at risk of long term unemployment. Provide a new 6 month job placement for a 16 to 24 year old, and the government will cover their national minimal wage salary plus funding towards any start-up costs such as uniform, equipment and training. Find out more here.
For any help and support, please contact: email@example.com or call: 01452 563400.