Employers supporting Student Learning

Key Information

On this page we will keep you updated on the latest announcements from College and from awarding bodies. This will be updated as information comes through. Downloads are listed on the right hand side and this will include a compilation of information from awarding bodies and will detail where possible which courses are affected.

There is some summary information below outlining why we are committed to supporting your continued learning and how this may affect your course of study.

Following the recent update from the Government the College will be moving to remote and on-line learning from Monday 23rd March. This will affect employers in a number of ways.

1. Employers providing workplacements
  • All students will cease to attend work placements from Monday 23rd March until further notice
2. Employers with apprentices
  • Apprentices will continue to be supported in their learning on a remote basis.
  • Employers should continue to facilitate the 20% off the job time for learning
  • Apprentices will access their learning for College taught sessions as per their existing timetable through the College Virtual learning Environment. This will include maths and English as well as vocational learning. Classroom tutors will provide support via College Email or other approved College communication system. (See Apprentice guidance for more details)
  • Apprentices should submit work and assignments in the usual way
  • Trainer Assessors will NOT visit apprentices within the work place as this would undermine the social distancing aspect of the Government’s strategy however they will continue to make appointments with apprentices to support learning and ongoing assessment. Short videos from work, professional discussions and other approaches will enable your apprentice to continue making progress. Learning materials and resources will be made available via Smart Assessor and other platforms and the trainer assessor will provide guidance for this purpose
  • Your Apprentice should advise their trainer assessor if they have to start working entirely from home as part your own response to the current health crisis. This may further restrict the progress that can be made and result in a new end date for completion
  • It is uncertain how some aspects of achievement can be managed. The College is working closely with awarding bodies in terms qualifications and End Point Assessments and we shall update this site as further information becomes available
3. Other Employer Engagement
  • All trips, visits, guest speakers and events that interface with students will cease immediately and throughout this period when students are working on-line and from home.
  • Staff are also working from home during this period but can continue working an any development plans or other topics via email and potentially other media mechanisms if they are set up through authorised College mechanisms
We thank you for your support and co-operation during this difficult and uncertain period and we shall endeavour to keep you updated of any relevant information as it emerges