What to do if you have symptoms or you're self-isolating
If you are unwell, displaying symptoms or sharing a household with someone who is unwell or displaying symptoms, please do not travel to the AMRC Training Centre.
Apprentices must follow the following procedure and inform us of your situation so that we can take appropriate action.
You will need to:
- Complete the University of Sheffield track and trace form here
- Notify the AMRC Training Centre at email@example.com or call 0114 222 9958
- Notify your employer and follow your company's absence procedure.
You must complete these steps if you have been identified as a contact and asked to self-isolate by NHS track and trace or if someone in your household has symptoms and is awaiting test results, even if you have no symptoms. If you develop symptoms while self-isolating, you will need to complete step one again.
If you need to use public transport to get to the AMRC Training Centre or your workplace, minimise the risk of you catching or transmitting the virus by wearing a face mask.
You should try to not share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble. If you need to do this, try to:
- Share the transport with the same people each time
- Keep to small groups of up to 6 people at any one time
- Open windows for ventilation
- Travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
- Face away from each other
- Consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
- Clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products - make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
- Ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering.
In the AMRC Training Centre (all areas)
When you first arrive at the training centre you should go straight to your allocated classroom/workshop area. You can find this information on your personal timetable.
- Returning students have already been sent their timetables via email
- First year students should expect to receive their timetables before their start date via email.
Students should follow social distancing guidelines at all times when in and around the training centre.
The following guidelines should be followed at all times in AMRC Training Centre: Hand washing - we will continue to actively promote the government guidance on hand washing to help keep you safe. You should wash your hands:
- When you get to training centre or arrive home
- After you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
- Before you eat or handle food.
You should wash your hands for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser. Face masks - we have adopted a safety-first approach to the wearing of face masks and require staff and apprentices to wear masks in all communal areas such as the canteen, corridors, toilets, reception, lower atrium and during activities where social distancing of 2.0 metres cannot be adhered to.
If you are exempt from wearing a face covering then please let us know and provide us with the appropriate proof by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may be requested to wear masks in the classrooms and workshop if there is a student or tutor that is in a higher risk category. We know that you will support this and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
We ask that all students to bring their own masks with them to the training centre. Clean as you use - we ask that all apprentices support the ‘clean as you use’ system for equipment, to ensure that we adhere to safe working practices. This means if you use a machine or tool it is your responsibility to make sure it is cleaned and ready for the next person. We will provide the materials to do this.
We have adopted a safety-first approach to producing timetables and rotas that ensures that we follow 2.0 metres social distancing guidance for classrooms, workshops and communal areas.
Here are the procedures we have put in place to keep you safe:
- We have ensured that routes for entry to and exit from the training centre are clear and follow social distancing measures at all times
- We have planned timetables to minimise the number of apprentices in the centre
- We are following government guidance to create ‘bubbles’ in the centre. Your bubble will be your group. Please stay in your bubble to help us to manage any potential outbreaks
- Where possible you and your group have been allocated a classroom on floor 1 or 2 and or an area in the workshop. We anticipate that some groups may need to move throughout the day to access specialist computers. We have put safe measures in place to support these situations.
Our guidance to apprentices on the booking of annual leave remains the same.
Wherever possible, annual leave should be taken during the pre-planned shutdown dates. This is to ensure apprentices are able to use their holiday allocations during their time with the AMRC Training Centre without impacting on their progress. This should be discussed and agreed by their employer in advance.
In relation to foreign travel and self isolation requirements, the AMRC Training Centre will continue to adhere to the latest published government guidance.
How we will enforce the new guidance
All apprentices will be made aware of our code of ethics, new guidance and expectations relating to Covid-19 on their induction or return to the training centre.
Your safety, well-being and learning is of paramount importance to us and to keep students, staff and their family’s safe, any apprentice not adhering to our guidelines will be asked to leave the building.
We understand this is a difficult time for apprentices, our learner support team, who have expertise in dealing with mental health, are on hand to talk to if you are struggling. If you would like to speak to a member of the team, email email@example.com or call 07548 153370.
For more information, contact details and free external helplines, go to our Mental Wellbeing page.
For many, food and other necessities have become more difficult to obtain, both physically in the shops and financially, due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Here is a list of food banks available to you if you are struggling during this time:
Apprentices can also register with Amazon Prime Student for six months, for free. This gives you access to Amazon Prime Now, where you can browse Amazon Prime Now or a local shop and get food and household essentials delivered to your door on the same day.
The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA), launched by the Department for Education, provides clear, accessible advice and guidance to apprentices following redundancy, while supporting their next steps. It will help redundant apprentices to identify new apprenticeship and employment opportunities, and, where they are eligible, complete their current apprenticeship.
This service will enable individuals to access free online information and telephone support, helping to connect them with national and local support services, including financial, legal, health and wellbeing and careers advice. It will also share with apprentices details of new apprenticeship opportunities being offered by employers in their region.
ReSSA is a free service for any apprentice that is funded through the English apprenticeship system and has been made redundant or feels at risk of redundancy.
Apprentices can submit their details via an online registration form or through the Apprenticeship Helpdesk. The service will work with employers to identify new apprenticeship opportunities which redundant apprentices can apply for.
If you’ve been made redundant or think you might be made redundant in the future visit facing redundancy during your apprenticeship or call 0800 015 0400 to speak to an adviser.
This service is part of the government's support for apprentices and the vital role apprenticeships will play in economic recovery and skills development.