Gloucestershire College - Covid Update
As we head towards the start of the new term, we have been reviewing our COVID measures in the light of changes made by Government and Public Health authorities, and the removal of restrictions more generally.
As a result, there will be a number of changes with immediate effect:
- Masks are no longer required in educational settings in classrooms or in communal areas. However, we continue to encourage staff and students to wear masks in communal areas.
- All one way systems in operation will be removed.
Self Isolation and Symptoms
There have been changes to the requirements to self-isolate when someone has had close contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID.
The Government requirement now is that unless you have symptoms yourself there is no requirement to self-isolate provided you are either double jabbed or under the age of 18 years and 6 months; instead you are advised to get a PCR test.
Students are entitled to attend college in these circumstances. However, we are strongly encouraging staff or students to self-isolate in the event of someone in their household receiving a positive test result; until they have the results of a PCR test which shows them to be negative.
Lateral Flow Tests
Full-time students will be offered two Lateral Flow Tests at the beginning of the term and individual groups will be invited to do this by their Head of School during September.
The government released additional funding in 2021-22 for schools and colleges to help mitigate the disruption to learning arising from COVID-19. 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 enrolling online for September 2021 starts.
For information on how to enrol on to your course, click here.
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.