Skills Group is committed to supporting our learners and employers during these unprecedented times and our objective is to provide high quality training and guidance whilst ensuring learners safety.
The centre remains open to vulnerable learners and children of critical workers in line with Government guidance and we have embedded safety precautions to ensure that we are Covid-19 secure.
The health and safety of our learners, staff and visitors is of upmost importance to us, we’ve implemented measures across all of our training centres including one way systems, small class sizes that meet social distancing requirements, and we’ve put enhanced cleaning measures in place.
Where learners on study programmes and apprenticeships are unable to attend the centre, they can access their training remotely, this offer includes:
• live virtual classroom sessions using Zoom or Teams
• live and recorded remote access to practical training and demonstrations
• one to one remote tutorials
• online learning activities using our VLE and E-portfolio systems
• self-directed learning activities using structured and guiding resources
We are confident that our provision is interactive, engaging, developmental, flexible and personal and will support your learning and progression whilst you are training with us.
Learners receive a tailored programme of delivery to meet individual needs and we expect our learners to attend any agreed sessions whether in-centre or remote and to behave with the high standards outlined in our code of conduct.
Where allowed end point assessment and vocational testing will be conducted remotely in line with Awarding Body and End Point Assessment Organisations guidance, if face to face assessments are required then all health and safety and Covid-19 precautions are in place and will be adhered to.
An ICT audit is carried out when any learner starts a course with us. This allows for the identification of any learners who may have any ICT issues, this can include the lack of equipment, a suitable learning environment or limited internet access. We will work with these learners to ensure that they are not disadvantaged.
Support for learners with SEND is provided on a one to one basis based on individual needs. Our centre is safe and secure where learners can attend with their regular training and support teams, where a learner is isolating or unable to attend in person the provision can be remotely delivered.
I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.
I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!
I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!
Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up
The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.
I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!