UPDATE CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19

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CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19

LETTTER TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS

24th March 2020

Dear Student and Parent

As previously communicated we have worked tirelessly to ensure remote working and learning can take place. Clearly, this is easier for some courses than others. We will continue to do our utmost to ensure that our students make progress, and we ask for your patience over the coming weeks, as we embed recently developed systems and processes to enable this to happen on this scale. 

It is absolutely clear that every person that can stay at home should do so.

The restrictions that the Prime Minister announced on Monday further reinforces the seriousness of this situation. I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the following:

You should only leave your home for the following reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents’ homes, where applicable
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home

Even when following the above guidance, people should minimise the amount of time spent out of their homes and should keep two metres (6ft) away from people they do not live with

Office Closure

As a result of the above restrictions and the work we have undertaken to support our students, we are now in a position to be able to safely close the APT offices. All necessary support is in place for our students.

APT offices will be closed from 5pm Tuesday 24th March 2020. At this point we do not know when we will be able to re-open, as soon as it is safe to re-open we will.  You will be unable to contact us on the main office telephone numbers.

If you require any support you have a range of options:

  1. Your teaching staff – via Google Classroom or by email
  2. General enquiries – mail@apt4u.training
  3. Safeguarding Concerns – Chris@apt4u.training

Finally, please keep yourselves safe and comply with the government restrictions. This is going to be a difficult and challenging time but we can get through it by supporting each other and those in our communities and by being patient and kind to one another.

Remember – Stay At Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives! 

Keep safe.

Best Wishes

Balwinder Gill

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19

LETTER TO STUDENTS, PARENTS AND EMPLOYERS– CEASING FACE TO FACE TEACHING

18th March 2020

Dear Student, Parent and Employer

I am writing to inform you that APT will cease all face-to-face teaching from close of play 20th March 2020.  This is not a decision any educational setting takes lightly, however following the recent government advice regarding self-isolation and social distancing it is not practical or safe to continue to operate in our normal way.

We have been preparing for this scenario and from Monday 23rd March learning will continue remotely. All staff are working hard to ensure normal life continues and working and learning can take place digitally.  Please bear with us as we introduce these changes over the coming days and weeks.

Students are encouraged to attend this week, if they feel safe to do so and do not fit into any of the vulnerable group categories as determined by the government, so they can work with staff and prepare for remote working and learning as well as ensuring we have up to date contact details.

We will continue to issue communication via our website and staff will instigate communications at course level.

I wish you all the best at this difficult and challenging time.

Yours sincerely

 

Balwinder Gill

Director of Business
Anglia Professional Training Ltd.
Endeavour House, Saville Road
Peterborough PE3 7PS

Below is a list of questions and answers that APT students have been asking. We hope you find them helpful, but if there is anything that you are unclear about then please call or email APT at any time.

We will continue to update this information as we make further decisions or new information is released. Please check here first but if you need to contact APT, please use emails where possible as this will be our primary channel of communication over the coming weeks.  You can email APT at any time.

I am attending an APT course at the moment, what should I do?

If you are a current APT student, you should have received an email about the current decision that we have cancelled all face to face classes as of Monday 23rd March, due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus.  Please note this is based on the latest information from Public Health England and Peterborough Regional College.  Your tutor will be contacting you shortly to provide further advice and guidance on how to continue your studies remotely.

I haven’t heard from my tutor, what should I do?

If you have not heard from your tutor, it could be that they are unable to work.  Please contact the APT office if this is the case.

What will happen to exams?

We are receiving information daily from our awarding bodies and as of 20th March AAT have cancelled all exams with immediate effect.  Students that have exams booked will be contacted directly.  Your tutors will continue to support you remotely and we will be running extra revision sessions to prepare you for the exams, as soon as we are able to offer you the exam dates.  This does mean your existing timetables will change slightly, in light of this.  However, please be assured that your success and achievement is very important to us and we will minimise any disruption to your learning plans, as possible.

Please see latest communications from the awarding bodies.

AAT click here

CILEX click here

I am an apprentice and have a face-to-face review meeting booked with my Learner Coach. Will it still go ahead?

All scheduled review meetings are still planned to go ahead however in order to protect yourself and our staff your Learner Coach will be contacting you to change this to a remote meeting instead of face to face.

I am a new apprentice and due to start my programme in the next few weeks. What should I do?

Your Learner Coach will be in touch with you and your employer to discuss how the current circumstances will impact the start of your programme but we are keen for you to begin your training as quickly as possible.  We do not envisage any changes to start dates, at this stage.