Following our last correspondence on 5th January regarding the closure of the Technology Campus site due to the current national lockdown rules, we wanted to provide an update on a likely return to face-to-face teaching and the reopening of the College campus.
Currently all teaching is being delivered remotely as per normal timetables, and this will continue until the lockdown ends. We are working to the current Government guidance timescales of an anticipated return to face-to-face teaching beginning on 8th March.
We are pleased to report that most apprentices are attending virtual classes and are engaging with their Tutors and learning very well. We can also report that following a very recent monitoring visit from OFSTED, feedback on the quality of remote teaching was very encouraging.
It is important that apprentices continue to attend the remote learning sessions and they keep in regular contact with their Tutor and advise them if they are unable to attend any on-line sessions. If any apprentice does report difficulty accessing Microsoft Teams for any reason, or has limited access to IT equipment, please let us know.
Waterside staff continue to work from home, undertaking regular progress reviews and supporting all apprentices as normal. If you have any concerns or questions about your apprentices or their progress, please contact us.
If the employment status of your apprentice should change during this period, for example if they are being asked to work from home, or have been placed on furlough, please contact us so we can keep accurate records, and if necessary, place the apprentice on a break in learning. Please also notify us if any apprentice is absent from work for any reason.
We expect to receive further Government guidance on 22nd February. Once this has been released, we will provide further information on a likely return to on-site teaching. We will also provide information regarding the large-scale lateral flow testing that will be in place for all students and staff as part of the return to campus plan.
We have been adapting our technical courses for online delivery via Microsoft Teams, and can offer training such as 18th Edition, Abrasive Wheels, Manual Handling via this platform. If you do have any training requirements during this time, then please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Waterside Training Limited
Following the Government’s announcement of a national lockdown on 4th January, Waterside Training premises will temporarily close, but it is still business as usual for most of our operations. All our staff will be working remotely and will continue to be available by telephone or email for any customer enquiries or support needs for our current apprentices and employers.
It is important that you continue to engage in your qualification teaching, and attendance in the online sessions will be monitored.
If you have any IT or internet access needs, please let your Assessor know as we can provide you with IT equipment and internet access whilst learning remotely.
As practical sessions cannot effectively be delivered online, plans will be made to ensure this time is made up once we can return to face-to-face teaching.
It is important that you continue to engage in your progress reviews with your Assessor, and complete any activities required on OneFile, or for those coming to the end of their apprenticeship. It is essential all work required in preparation for end point assessment is completed. If you have any concerns with any elements of your studies, please contact your Tutor.
We understand that you may be feeling worried and anxious at this time, but your Tutors and Assessors are available to offer you support and guidance at any time.
Please speak to your Tutor or Assessor if you have any concerns.
Currently, it is expected that teaching will be remote until at least February half term, and we expect all apprentices to continue to attend their online sessions as per their usual timetable and normal “college day” up until this point.
It is important that you keep us informed if the employment status of your apprentice changes during this period. If you need to discuss any issues around furlough, please contact us. It is important that any furloughed apprentices continue to engage in their qualification and “off-the-job” training activities.
We hope to have all our face-to-face technical courses back up and running as soon as the lockdown ends.
We are still able to discuss any requirements you may have for training, and many of our training courses can be developed for remote delivery. Please call us to discuss your requirements.
We thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time.