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Following the government's announcement of new Covid-19 measures on Sunday 2 January 2022, learners on apprenticeships, study programmes, traineeships and short courses are now required to wear face coverings in classrooms and teaching spaces as well as all communal areas, unless exempt.
We will continue to deliver learning as normal and our face-to-face classroom delivery, workshop delivery, in person exams, workplace visits and assessments will continue.
The safety of our learners, employers and colleagues remains our highest priority and we are abiding by health and safety protocols at our sites and training centres to ensure we all stay safe and well.
These include wearing masks in classrooms, teaching spaces and communal areas, ensuring adequate ventilation in classrooms and workshops, hand sanitising and maintaining social distancing where possible.
In addition, the government is advising that all learners and colleagues in a further education setting take a lateral flow test at home before returning this week.
Learners and colleagues should take a lateral flow test at home either in the morning or the night before their scheduled return to the classroom or workshop delivery, and then continue to test in line with government guidelines.
If you have any concerns, please contact your Total People Learning Coach who can advise you.
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All Total People sites and facilities are fully open.
Following the government’s easing of restrictions, all of our training centres have undergone a rigorous assessment process to ensure they can operate safely and in accordance with the latest guidelines.
Learners on apprenticeships, study programmes, traineeships and short courses will continue to learn through a blended learning model. This will be a combination of remote learning and face to face sessions at Total People sites or at employer sites.
To ensure the safest possible environment for all learners and colleagues, a number of on-site Covid-19 mitigation measures will remain in place:
• learners and colleagues are asked to continue to wear face coverings in communal areas
• learning materials are not to be shared
• learners and colleagues should continue to regularly self-test as advised by the Government
• hand sanitizing facilities will remain and regular hand washing will be encouraged.
There will also be increased ventilation in classrooms and work spaces.
Melanie Nicholson, Managing Director, said: “Following a challenging 18 months, I’m pleased to announce that all our sites are fully open for learners to lead the future in their studies.
“We will continue to deliver our successful blended learning model, which combines online learning and site-based training, and we will, of course, follow the latest government guidelines in relation to Covid-19.
It is important for us to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all our learners and colleagues so we have retained a number of measures including the wearing of face coverings in communal areas.
“As always, we will continue to closely monitor the situation over the coming weeks and will communicate any changes, if needed, as soon as possible.”
If you have any concerns, please contact your Total People Learning Coach who can advise you.
Face to face learning for Total People learners will be phased back starting from Monday 8 March.
Following the government announcement on Monday 22 February, learners on apprenticeships, study programmes, traineeships and short courses will be invited back in stages. Learners will return in a phased approach to a blended learning model, which will be a combination of remote learning and face to face sessions at Total People sites or at employer sites.
From Monday 8 March all learners aged 16-19 and learners aged 19-25 with a with Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will start to be invited back to either classroom/workshop learning or face to face visits as part of a blended learning model.
From Monday 22 March all learners aged 19 and above whose programmes consist of practical or workshop training, require observations, face to face classroom learning or who are due to sit EPA or exams, will start to be invited back to either classroom/workshop learning or face to face visits as part of a blended learning model.
After Thursday 8 April all learners will return to a blended learning model which may include either classroom/workshop learning, face to face visits on employer premises or at a Total People centre.
All existing Covid-19 mitigation measures on sites, including two metre social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, one-way systems and hand sanitizing facilities, will remain in place. All learners will be asked to wear face coverings at all times in communal areas and in classrooms and workshops.
Melanie Nicholson, Managing Director, said:
These dates are the earliest dates for our planned phased return and we will monitor this closely over the coming weeks, taking into account local conditions, testing, infection rates and capacity.
“The safety and wellbeing of our learners and Total People colleagues remains our number one priority and we will adjust our plans as necessary to ensure that we have a safe, controlled and managed process in place.”
If you are unsure of how the phased return will affect you or you have any concerns, please contact your Total People Learning Coach who can advise you.
In line with the latest government announcements, Total People locations will be closed to learners until further notice.
Tutors and Learning Coaches will be in touch with you individually to advise you of your remote learning arrangements and provide you with support.
During the closure, it is essential that you regularly check communications via OneFile about your training and learning.
We have been offering remote learning throughout most of 2020 and this looks set to continue to ensure we abide by Covid-19 restrictions and keep all our learners, employers and colleagues safe.
We will do all we can to ensure that you can access education and support remotely while our sites are closed. You will receive learning which meets your needs, the specific requirements of your programme and the latest government guidance.
During this time, you can expect the following from Total People:
We will continue to safely deliver as much of the programme as possible within the guidance
If it is not possible to deliver learning in workshop spaces, we will change the curriculum order to focus on online learning where possible
We will use our e-portfolio system OneFile as well as Microsoft Teams for most of our remote delivery. Other software will be used where appropriate for specific courses
Learning Coaches will be your main point of contact and they will make sure that instructions and timetables are sent to you in advance of any sessions
We expect all learners to regularly log in to OneFile to engage with the learning that has been set
We have a laptop loan service in place if you do not have the equipment you need.
Exams and end point assessments
We understand that you may have concerns about any upcoming assessment and examination period.
We are working with awarding bodies to understand their contingency plans to ensure you are not disadvantaged. We will let you know of any plans as soon as possible.
We offer comprehensive support for all our SEND learners, which includes consulting you on your preferred way of learning and supporting you with equipment needs.
Should you wish to discuss your circumstances, or those of someone you care for, please contact our SENCO Samantha Knowles firstname.lastname@example.org
We received very positive feedback from Ofsted with regards to our response to the pandemic following their interim visit in November 2020.
You can read the report here.
Total People remains open during this second national lockdown (starting Thursday 5 November) and we will continue to actively support our learners. As an educational establishment, we will continue to deliver learning both in the classroom and through workshop activities as well as observation visits.
The safety of our learners, colleagues and employers remains our highest priority and we are abiding by strict health and safety protocols to ensure all our learners and colleagues stay safe and well.
Our training centres are marked up for social distancing with available hand washing/sanitising facilities and additional cleaning sessions introduced. Find out more about our safety protocols in our Return to Site guides for employers and learners.
Message from Melanie Nicholson, Total People Managing Director
“We understand that this is an unsettling time for many but we are committed to supporting our learners and employers throughout.
Our Total People teams are here to ensure a seamless delivery of learning, both online and in person, and to provide support for our valued employers and learners.
“As always, we will continue to follow the latest Government advice and will keep you informed at all times.”
Total People remains open and we have been working hard to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest level of learning to our apprentices while supporting our employers and keeping our teams safe.
Following the easing of government lockdown restrictions, we have prepared all of our sites to be ready for reopening in a safe and controlled manner.
The safety of our learners, colleagues and employers remains our highest priority and we are confident that the training and health and safety measures being introduced across our business will ensure a worry free learning environment for all. These include, but are not restricted to:
We are committed to supporting our learners to achieve their full potential and to expand and develop their online learning skills. Please rest assured that we will always take the recommended actions and advice to protect our learners, colleagues and employers.
We will update you on our re-opening strategy as soon as we can so please keep checking this page. In the meantime, if you have any questions related to your learning or about working with Total People, please call our team on 03333 222 666.
Message from Gina Steele, Total People Interim Managing Director
“I am incredibly proud of the hard work and commitment that our learners have maintained during the lockdown period and that of our Total People teams who have ensured a seamless delivery of online learning.
We look forward to seeing our learners attend their study centres once again and want to reassure our employers that we are here to support them in providing exceptional training environments.
“Rest assured that we will continue to follow the latest Government advice and will keep you informed at all times."
Employees who have been furloughed due to Coronavirus can still undertake online training with Total People.
Total People has created a new Training in Furlough Information Sheet with details of how furloughed employees, both apprentices and non-apprentices, can benefit from our online learning.
Employers and employees should visit the News section of this website to read more.
Total People is open and has moved to remote learning due to the Coronavirus. We are enabling this by resequencing our apprentices learning to bring forward wider aspects of learning, such as English and maths, while also pushing back practical work that is difficult to complete if businesses are closed.
Learners can continue to access learning through our Virtual Learning Environment and Onefile, and we are also conducting coaching and progress discussions by phone and via Skype. These were all possible before but are now our normal way of working.
We have also provided all of our learning coaches with webinar training and the tools to deliver virtual classroom teaching. Our teams are excited to use this new approach and have expert support on hand to ensure the experience for our learners continues to be positive.
If you have any questions, or need advice about managing your studies during this period, please contact your learning coach /training advisor or call our team on 0333 242 8128.
Total People team
The Government on 18 March 2019 instructed all educational establishments, which includes Independent Training Providers such as Total People, to close to reduce and limit the spread of Covid-19.
The Government also instructed that learners of key workers, such as NHS staff and delivery drivers, and vulnerable students continue to be supported. We will provide an update as soon as possible.
We are doing all we can to ensure that our learners can access education and support remotely during this period of our location closure. We have been working on a contingency plan to deliver as much course content as we can in virtual environments, primarily Onefile.
Tutors and Learning Coaches will be in touch with learners individually to advise them of these arrangements and provide them with support.
During the closure it is essential that all learners regularly check communications via Onefile about their training and learning.
Exams and end point assessments
Total People understands that learners may have concerns about the impact of the closure on any upcoming assessment and examination period.
We are working with awarding bodies to understand the contingency plans to ensure they are not disadvantaged. These plans will be communicated to learners, where necessary, as soon as possible.
Message from Gina Steele, Total People Managing Director
“The health and safety of our learners and colleagues at Total People is our number one priority and we have been following government advice and guidelines on Covid-19 throughout this situation.
“Throughout the closure it is vital that all learners and colleagues take the necessary precautions to keep themselves, their families and their friends safe while helping prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“We will be working relentlessly to ensure that our learners can continue to learn and access their studies remotely and be given all the support they need.
“This is a developing and unprecedented situation which we are monitoring on a daily basis and we will continue to provide our full support to our learners throughout this challenging period.
"We will continue to follow the latest Government advice and will keep you informed at all times."