Apprentices returning in September 2021

Apprentices returning in September 2021

Remember that as continuing or new apprentices, you will need to carry out a lateral flow COVID test the day before you are due into college.

You must ensure that you are negative for COVID before you come into college and if you do have a positive lateral flow, you will need to follow government guidance to obtain a PCR and to self-isolate. Please contact your assessor and call 01473 382200 to clearly state you are phoning to report a student positive COVID result.

You will need to continue to carry out a test in this way. You can obtain test kits directly via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests They can arrange to post kits to you directly to your home at no cost. All types of lateral flow test kits are acceptable by the College. If you would prefer to collect test kits from the College, you will need to go to the Ipswich site, into main reception who will give you a kit.

In response to the changes in government policy, the college is no longer in a position to enforce mask wearing but we recommend that both staff and students wear masks whilst on site, particularly in the larger circulation spaces. We feel that mask wearing really helped us to manage the COVID risks over the past academic year, and therefore we will ensure that there is a supply of masks available, along with hand sanitisers and wipes. We will continue to carry out the extra cleaning and fogging to help combat the risks of COVID.

We are also really pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with the NHS to have a Vaccine Bus on site at both Ipswich and Rural from the 13th September for a week and again from the 4th October for a week. Post-16 apprentices will be able to have their first or second vaccine on site.