Gloucestershire College - Covid Update
On 19 July 2021 England moved to step four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. This included removal of legal requirement for social distancing and wearing of face marks in any area of the College.
Our priority is to maintain the safety of our students and staff, whilst ensuring we deliver the highest-quality learning experience. Our current expectations for those coming into College are outlined below. These will be reviewed again on 16 August 2021, prior to the start of the Autumn term.
There are now very few learners remaining on site as we reach the end of the academic year but for those still attending we expect them to:
- be mindful of their proximity to others in all corridors, around the building and in the toilets – once you leave your classroom you need to keep apart.
- continue to follow the one-way system as per the signage and also enter/exit the building using the doors highlighted.
The College will continue to restrict movement around the building, supporting social distancing.
From 19 July, in line with step four of the roadmap, the Government stated that face coverings would no longer be a legal requirement.
As such, in classrooms at Gloucestershire College, staff and students are not currently required to wear facemasks. However, staff and students can still wear face coverings if they would prefer.
Students and staff, however, are still expected to wear face coverings in all communal areas, corridors, toilets etc. as these are areas where social distancing is not always possible.
Lateral Flow Tests and symptoms
Please remember that you should be taking two lateral flow tests each week, there are packs in college for you to take home. You must report any positive result to the college and you must not attend college if you have a positive result.
Remote education provision: information for parents/learners
Please click here to read about what to expect from Gloucestershire College with our remote education provision for pupils.
In the summer of 2020, the government released additional funding for one-year for schools and colleges to help mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus.
Here at Gloucestershire College we are utilising this 16-19 tuition fund in two ways:
1) We have appointed English and maths coaches – these staff work with the English and maths teaching team to work with learners who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in these subjects. They coach the learners either one-to-one or in small groups particularly focusing upon those who are struggling to engage, those with identified gaps in subject knowledge, and those identified by the tutors as requiring extra tuition.
2) Providing study coaches to specifically work with one-to-one and small groups to support those who are struggling on their main programme. This might be vocational/subject specific support or developing study skills so they can be successful.
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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 155 2020.
For specific application enquiries, please email: email@example.com
For employers who currently employ a GC apprentice
- Any staff members have tested positive for Covid and had recent contact with your GC apprentice
- You have to furlough an apprentice
- You have any queries or concerns about the Covid measures in place at GC, how we can continue to assess apprentices in their workplace or how we are delivering teaching
Then please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01452 563400 immediately. Please note that it is very important that furloughed apprentices must still continue to attend College learning as per their timetable.
If your business can continue to operate within the latest government guidelines, 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 in 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 apprenticeship start programmes to help kick start your business in 2021; 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: email@example.com 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 £4,000 for each apprentice hired by September 2021. We offer over 45 apprenticeship programmes available from Level 2 all the way up to Degree qualifications. We have apprenticeships starting 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01452 563400.