As you will be aware the Government has made the decision to close all schools and colleges for normal business until further notice.

The College has been planning over the past week for this possibility and has been making contingency arrangements to enable us to continue to provide services remotely in order to support apprentices and employers.

Recognising that many organisations are seeking to reduce the number of external visitors attending their premises, the college has decided that assessors will support apprentices, and review their progress, using a variety of online methods. Your assessor will be in contact over the coming weeks to discuss how best to deliver ongoing support remotely, taking into account any changes to how your own business is currently operating.

As a result of the government instruction to close our premises, all timetabled classes or workshops for apprentices will not be able to take place.

As we receive further government advice over the coming weeks we will keep employers and apprentices informed of how provision will be delivered going forward. We will also be continuing to support employers with training requirements where possible, including helping to deliver remote/online training.

As I’m sure you recognise, this situation continues to evolve quickly. Therefore, we recommend regularly checking the guidance being provided by the government at www.gov.uk.

Our website at www.iwcollege.ac.uk will also be regularly updated to reflect any changes that effect the college and we will communicate directly with you as we have additional information. If you have a work placement student we will also contact you separately about future arrangements.

On behalf of the college I would like to thank you for your continued support, especially at this difficult time for all of us. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your assessor or the college’s apprenticeship team at apprenticeships@iwcollege.ac.uk who will be happy to help.

Debbie Lavin
Principal at The Isle of Wight College.


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