Your safety remains our priority, so we’re continuing to take precautions in the new academic year.
We advise you to:
● keep a face mask with you at all times in case circumstances require you to wear it
● wear a face covering in enclosed spaces. A teacher may ask you to put your mask on for certain tasks
● wash your hands often throughout the day. Sanitising stations are situated throughout the Training Centre
● take two rapid lateral flow Covid-19 tests per week. We currently have a limited supply of lateral flow testing kits, but we recommend that you order these from the government's dedicated web page
● follow any one-way systems in place (they will be clearly marked) and make space for each other when moving around the building. For example, the atrium staircase is open without restriction but access to the 1st and 2nd floor teaching rooms remains one-way.
Do not attend the AMRC Training Centre if you experience any Covid-19 symptoms.
Self-isolate, book a test, and inform the University.
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.
The refectory will be open from the 1st of September with a full breakfast and lunch service. Your teachers will stagger your lunch and breaks to limit the volumes accessing the service at any one time.
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 expectation and current plan is to deliver face-to-face teaching during 2021-22. This means you are expected to attend in person as required unless otherwise specified. Your teacher may ask you to wear a mask if an activity requires people to work in closer proximity.
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.
Lateral Flow Tests
We are supporting the Government's lateral flow test initiative in which FREE lateral flow tests (that provide results within 24 hours) are available to all. Now that restrictions are easing, more staff and students will be coming into the training centre. We encourage all staff and students to make use of the FREE lateral flow tests available to them.
We recommend that tests are done twice a week (e.g. on Wednesday and Sunday). Results should be recorded on the Government website.
There are a few ways you can obtain tests:
- Ordered online and delivered to your home address via the Government website
- Collected from the AMRC Training Centre reception (you'll need your U-card)
- Collect from your local chemist or supermarket pharmacy
- At your local testing centre
- At the University of Sheffield Covid-19 testing centre.
These tests are for students and staff that are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, self-isolate, book an NHS test and inform the University.
We advise that you are vaccinated as soon as you are able. Everyone aged 18 and over living in the UK is eligible for a free Covid-19 vaccination, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.
You can get your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you are aged 16 or 17. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to get the vaccine.
If you have been fully vaccinated in the UK, you no longer need to self-isolate if you’re identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19. Instead you should book a free PCR test as soon as possible.
It is important that we keep working together to stay safe.