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November 2020 Lockdown Statement

Following the government’s announcement of a new four-week lockdown in England commencing 5 November 2020, Skills Training UK can confirm our Training Centres for young people will remain open to ensure 16-18 year olds enrolled on our BTEC programmes do not face a break in their education provision or support during such difficult times.

We would like to reassure all our learners, as well as parents/carers and our wider stakeholders, that we are fully committed to doing everything we can to ensure no-one misses out on learning new skills, building confidence, receiving support, or gaining a qualification during these difficult times. We are here to help – whether that’s in person at our Covid-19 secure Centres or through blended learning with our dedicated online training platforms. The mental health and wellbeing of our learners and staff will continue to be our top priority.

During the first national lockdown earlier in the year, we adapted quickly to put in place effective measures to move to an online learning setup using Microsoft Teams. Our virtual support continues to receive fantastic feedback from hundreds of learners, trainees and adult learners across the country.

Key health and safety measures at our Centres include:

  • Daily temperature checks of all staff, learners and visitors
  • Face coverings worn in all communal areas
  • Multiple hand sanitisers

Our Traineeship learners will continue to progress their programmes through a mix of physical learning and job support tailored for each Centre and our online support which includes virtual classrooms, on-demand resources, and 1-2-1 support from tutors. In addition, work experience placements are now resuming for trainees.

Our Courses for Adults will also be delivered through a mix of physical and online learning. Most of our free, fully-accredited short courses will be delivered online for jobseekers and people in work looking to upskill. In addition, our new exciting range of Sector Based Work Academies (SBWA) will be delivered either in person, or online, depending on the employer. SBWAs are sector-specific courses where we help employers to recruit and grow their business by creating new opportunities for local people who are unemployed and looking to improve their skills and get back into work.

All measures and decisions remain under constant review. Thank you for your continued support during such challenging times.