Staying safe in our centres
It’s no secret that we’re really excited to start welcoming learners back into our centres. But with that excitement comes a great responsibility; now more than ever we’re incredibly conscious of the safety of our learners and staff.
We’re going through changes
With that in mind we’ve had to make some changes to the way we do things. We’ve introduced the option to study some of our courses virtually or as a mix of classroom and online learning, and we’re hoping to extend this to more courses in the future.
But we know that coming into our centres is a big part of learning with us for a lot of people. This means that we’ve had to do a lot of work to make our centres safe.
The same but different
Things will seem different as soon as you walk through the door. Our lovely staff are just as you remember them, and can’t wait to see you – but you’ll find them behind plastic screens, to make sure that they stay healthy.
You’ll find hand sanitizer stations throughout the centre, and we’d really appreciate it if you use them – regular hand-washing is a good way to help prevent the virus spread.
Lots of space
Our training rooms have been the biggest change of all. We’ve moved them around to make sure that there’s an absolute minimum of two metres between all learners, with place markers and signs to show where you should (and shouldn’t!) sit. Please do take note of these, and if you’re not sure ask your tutor.
Mice and keyboards in rooms with computers will be cleaned between sessions, so you don’t need to worry about these. Keyboards now have plastic covers. You might find them a bit odd to use at first but they mean we can clean the keyboards much more efficiently.
Things might look a bit sparse
We’ve also had to move the furniture from shared areas. We know how much our learners like to socialise before and after sessions, but for now we need to ask you to arrive just before the start of your session so you can go straight in. You can take your breaks at your seat in the training room, or if the weather is nice we’d encourage you to get some fresh air.
To mask or not to mask?
Because we have social distancing of more than two metres in our training rooms, we don’t need you to wear face coverings in them, though you’re welcome to if you would prefer. We do ask that you wear coverings while you’re moving around the centre, in corridors and in toilets.
If you wear disposable coverings, we’d ask that you take them with you to dispose of after your session. We’re asking the same of our staff.
Track and Trace
As part of the Council we’re signed up to the government’s track and trace programme, so we will be logging your visits to our centres.
The new normal
Really, we don’t know what the new normal is yet. What we do know is that the changes we’ve made to our centres will make them safe for our learners and staff in the here and now. We’ll be constantly monitoring and reviewing things as well as updating our centres in line with government guidelines.
We also know that for a lot of our learners – and staff, too – coming back to centres can feel like a very big step. Hopefully you now have a better idea of what our centres will be like, and how we’re making them safe for you. If there’s anything we haven’t covered, or you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Our centres have been awfully quiet without any learners so we want you to feel happy and comfortable coming back.