Achieve Training is committed to continuing learners’ education and training through any periods of lockdown. As such, all students (16-19) and apprentices will have access, as appropriate to them and their programme, to learning activities provided weekly/in off-the-job training blocks (as per their usual timetable).

These will include a mix, as appropriate, of:

  • Face-to-face sessions (Microsoft Teams)
  • Learning tasks and assessment tasks (typically provided online or by email)
  • Learning activities using third party apps and resources
  • One-to-one contact with tutors, coaches and other staff (Microsoft Teams, email, telephone)
  • Formal assessment activities to confirm learners’ progress

Sessions follow existing timetable arrangements for consistency and learners will be notified where any changes take place.

Learner are expected to:

  • Attend all sessions and complete all learning activities to a good standard
  • For study programme students, payment of learner incentives will be dependent on full participation in all learning activities
  • Engage with staff in one-to-one and other discussions
  • For Microsoft Teams activities, learners must:
    • Have cameras on at all times unless the tutor has agreed otherwise
    • Be appropriately dressed in casual, daytime clothing
    • Use appropriate language including not swearing
    • Engage positively in learning activities
    • Follow staff instructions around use of microphone muting etc.
    • Speak (privately if appropriate) to their tutor if they are struggling to engage for any reason

For programmes requiring specialist practical equipment, practical sessions under most circumstances are currently suspended. As such, learning activities will focus on theory elements of the subject throughout the lockdown period. Apprentices who are continuing to work will still be able to use workplace evidence as part of their learning and assessment towards their apprenticeship and are likely to be set targets to practice new practical skills in the workplace. In a very few instances, practical assessments and training activities may be delivered where absolutely necessary in very small groups.

Study programme students without appropriate devices will be supported to access their training on an individual basis. Guidance is also available for those who have appropriate console devices that can be used to access online learning. Apprentices without devices should, in the first instance, speak to their employers for support with this. In all cases, staff will work one-to-one with learners to ensure appropriate arrangements are put in place to enable learners to continue their progress.

Vulnerable students, which includes those with SEND and may include those without devices or an appropriate environment to learn, have been identified and will be invited to attend centre-based activities once a week to enable them to progress in their learning. All study programme students identified as being vulnerable will be allocated a designated coach who will provide frequent (at least weekly) one-to-one support. Vulnerable apprentices will be supported by their tutors.

Any learner with concerns about arrangements for their learning should contact their tutor for further support.

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