Coronavirus update

Following the most recent Government advice announced by our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson this evening (23/3/20), HWGTA will be completely closing both training sites (Hereford and Worcester), until further notice.

HWGTA staff are all working from home and are all contactable through the normal methods. Landline calls will be redirected to ensure customers and learners are able to speak to our team.

All staff at HWGTA are fully focused and united in their determination to work together, with both learners and employers, to ensure that during this unprecedented national crisis, we continue to support achievement, learning and success.   We are already working towards new and innovative ways of delivering training, to meet the current needs of our customers. 

What does this mean if I am an Apprentice?

  • If you are due to be on block or day release, at one of our centres, you should stay with your employer rather than attending HWGTA.  This includes:
    • Accountancy programmes
    • Business Administration programmes
    • Customer Service Programmes
    • Functional Skills Training
    • Further Education days for engineering programmes
  • Residential weeks due to take place in April and May are cancelled.
  • If you are an engineering first year who is spending the full first year at one of our training sites, you should report to your appropriate employers site, from Monday 23rd March, unless instructed to do otherwise by either your employer or HWGTA
  • Training staff from HWGTA will still be working and will contact you with work to be getting on with during the closure period, in order for you to keep in line with the targets of your qualification.  It is essential that you keep on learning and HWGTA staff will do their utmost to support this.  We do not want this change in training circumstance, to impact your progress and future achievement.  Therefore, you will need to be self-disciplined in keeping on top of the work required 
  • All planned examinations and tests are now postponed and we will rearrange dates. 
  • We will continue to be in touch with you throughout the closure period and will undertake learning reviews, either over the phone or via a video calling system 
  • We are likely to use online learning much more during the closure period and this will start to be used for most programmes, where this is appropriate 
  • Please ensure HWGTA has your most up to date email address and mobile phone number - check your emails regularly for any updates
  • Please check the HWGTA website regularly for any updates
  • Please contact your normal Monitoring/Training Officer if you have any queries about your apprenticeship

What does this mean if I am an Apprentice Employer?

  • Your apprentice/s will be returning to your business sites from Monday 23rd March on the days they were due to be training at a HWGTA site.  This will obviously be most significant for Engineering learners who are spending their full 1st year at one of our training sites.  We appreciate this might be not be an ideal arrangement, but we are duty bound to follow closure guidance issued by the Government
  • Apprentices need to continue learning, even where they are not attending day release/block release/full time training 
  • As per Apprentice funding rules, learners must be allowed 20% of their working week to complete “off the job” training.  HWGTA will provide apprentices with qualification materials, will be carrying out reviews remotely and will also start online training sessions where appropriate
  • Please talk to your HWGTA contact, through the normal channels if you have any queries or concerns
  • New apprentice recruitment will continue and we would urge employers to carry on with original plans, wherever economically possible and we can explore measures, such as postponing start dates, to ease any concerns you may have.

What does this mean if I am booked on a course with HWGTA?

  • On site courses are now suspended until further notice – our staff will be in contact with any affected delegate.s
  • HWGTA are quickly developing resources to offer courses remotely, through online technology
  • The HSE has announced a 3 month extension to the validity for all First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work certificates coming up for renewal on or after 16th March during the current Covid-19 crisis. 
  • If you have any concerns or queries about an upcoming course, please contact Emma Codd - emma@hwgta.org 01432 377027

What does this mean if I have applied for an apprenticeship this year?

  • New apprenticeship recruitment will be going ahead
  • Initial Assessment and interviews will be carried out with additional safety requirements to allow for social distancing
  • If your exams are being delayed due to the coronavirus, HWGTA will be advising employers to use your predicted grades as a guide when making a recruitment decision
  • We may experience a delay from employers in recruitment decisions, whilst they deal with the impact of Covid-19
  • If you have any concerns or queries about your application, please contact:

Herefordshire Engineering 

Sue Tong  stong@hwgta.org 01432 377002

Herefordshire Commerce (Accountancy, Business Administration and Customer Service)

Hayley Grismond Hayley.grismond@hwgta.org 01432 377010

Worcestershire  Engineering 

Dale Victoria Wooldridge   dale@hwgta.org 01905 330720

Worcestershire Commerce (Accountancy, Business Administration and Customer Service)

Marianne Thompson Marianne.Thompson@hwgta.org 01905 330721

 

What does this mean if I have hired a room at HGWTA?

  • Room hire commitments are now cancelled – HWGTA staff will contact any affected individuals.  

 

General Covid -19 Information

The guidance around self-isolation changed on 16th March 2020 and anyone with a high temperature and/or sudden onset continuous cough:

  • If they live alone - are being asked to self-isolate for 7 days as a precautionary measure
  • If they live in a household with others – the full household must self-isolate for 14 days

This will inevitably lead to absence, as many people have coughs and other ailments at this time of year, that do not necessarily mean they have the virus, but under the new guidance are required to self-isolate.

There is a new emphasis on people working from home. There are specific guidelines around increased “social distancing” where you are either over 70 or have an underlying health issue (including conditions such as asthma and diabetes), this includes strong guidance to work from home.  Details are below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

If apprentices do need to self-isolate or commence increased social distancing, we will be giving them work to do at home, to ensure, where possible, they do not get behind with their apprenticeship.

If you are tested positive for Covid -19 and have attended HWGTA within 4 weeks prior to a positive test outcome, please ensure you let HWGTA staff know urgently.

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

Last updated 23/03/2020 21:30