Coronavirus update

Following the latest Government announcement regarding increased national restrictions, commencing on the 5th November 2020, HWGTA has undergone a full review, regarding how the new measures apply to both the training sector and to HWGTA’s own operating procedures.

Following this review and in line with the Government guidance, that education should continue throughout this restriction period, HWGTA will continue to be open for business for apprentice training, workforce development course activity and distance learning examinations.

HWGTA training centres are operating in accordance with the latest Government guidance.  The safety of learners, staff and visitors is our overriding priority, and we are continually reviewing our risk assessment and control measures to ensure we provide a safe working and learning environment.

From the time of the allowed reopening of our centres in June 2020, HWGTA have put into place thorough safety measures, which have included (but are not limited to):

  • Hand sanitising facilities and expectations
  • Strict social distancing
  • Health and safety “return to site” inductions for staff and apprentices
  • Covid specific sickness and isolation reporting systems for staff and learners
  • Amendments to training delivery methods
  • Enhanced sanitising and cleaning regimes of training rooms and communal areas
  • Staggered breaks for apprentices and course delegates  
  • Reduction of class sizes
  • Restricted access around training sites
  • Amended visitor handling procedures

In response to this restriction period, alongside the rise in infection rates, these measures have been expanded to include:

  • Further reduction of class sizes
  • Requirement for wearing of face coverings for all, when entering and travelling around both training centres
  • Mandatory full-time face coverings required, within the engineering training centres
  • Temperature checking measures for apprentice learners who attend full time

HWGTA staff are working both at home and in the office and are contactable through the normal methods. Landline calls will be redirected, where required, to ensure customers and learners are able to speak to our team as normal.

The team at HWGTA continue to be fully focused and united in their determination to work together, with both learners and employers, to ensure that during this unprecedented national crisis, we effectively support achievement, learning and success. 

Apprentice activity

Apprenticeship training continues in our centres across all programmes.  Our delivery methods have been adapted and tailored for each programme, with traditional face-to-face and remote delivery being used to ensure our high standards of training continue throughout the pandemic. 

Our Training and Monitoring Officers are attending employers’ premises where permitted to do so and where it is appropriate and safe to monitor apprentices in the workplace. 

Workforce Development Courses

We are continuing to deliver training on site from our portfolio of courses including First Aid, IOSH and Management (ILM) Courses.

Alongside this we also delivering a large portfolio of online courses.

Please contact or visit our website for details.

Apprentice Recruitment

We encourage applications from anyone interested in an apprenticeship.  Many employers are continuing to recruit apprentices and we are supporting them in finding suitable applicants.  We are carrying out initial assessments and interviews using the latest technology available, to ensure we can place apprentices with employers, as soon as opportunities arrive. 

We encourage apprentices and employers to contact us to discuss how we can support them in the coming months. 

There are enhanced Government financial incentives for employers, with up to £3000 available for employing a new apprentice.

If you have any concerns about this matter, please do not hesitate to talk to one of our team.


Last updated 04/11/2020 16:00