Following Govt advice sadly our training centres now have to close to our students until it is safe to re-open. Our phone lines are still open if need simple clear advice call 01295 529777.
If you are on a current training course we will call you over coming days with details of where we go from here. With help and goodwill we will all get through this, we’ll support you, we ask you support us.
UPDATE: 27/03/2020 16:50
We have contacted all customers directly who are due to start a course in the next week by phone and email. If you are due to attend a course next week but have not heard from us please check your emails and make sure you check your junk folder for any important communications. We are working through in date order and prioritising classes starting soonest. If you have a course starting in the following weeks please bear with us and we will update you shortly as to next steps.
If your course is being run virtually then the log in details and joining instructions will have been sent by email. If you have not received these instructions please make sure you check you junk folder before contacting us. If in doubt please call 01293 529777.
We are running numerous courses via virtual classroom in the coming week. Our focus is to ensure that our existing customers receive their training for classes already booked or about to start. If you course is running via virtual classroom next week you will be contacted directly via email or phone in the next 48 hours. If you do not hear from us but think you should be attending a course in the next week please do call 01293 529777 to double check.
Our virtual classroom is exactly what it says on the tin, it's live, our own real tutors, interactive and the same content you would have in our real classroom 'in centre'. The only difference is that you sit in your own home to take part.
We are having to re-arrange a large number of courses so please bear with us. If you course is postponed we apologies and greatly appreciate the support from all our customers at this exceptional time.
UPDATE: 23/03/2020 8:45PM
After the Prime Minister's broadcast this evening we now sadly will close our training centre's to our students from this evening until further notice. Please do not come to our centres tomorrow morning. We will be in contact with you direct, obviously we will be very busy with student enquires on Tuesday morning, so be patient with us, we will get to you.
Virtual Classroom Training
Train at home, Learn at home.
For our current student's information, our tutor staff have been very busy over recent weeks developing Virtual Classroom Training packages (VCT) for your training courses so you may be able to continue with the classroom element of your courses via a Online platform that enables you to receive real time online live learning from our tutors. If your class is able to be hosted virtually we will contact you directly with your joining instructions.
We continue to monitor the government guidance and will update this page daily from now on. You can find out more about our Virtual Classroom Here.
New Enquiries for training.
For new enquiries of our training courses. We intend to run a menu of several electrical courses online with our Virtual Classroom Training service. These courses will come online from next week, details will follow on social media and on this website.
Trade Skills 4U: Update 20/03/20
We think its important that the electrical and internet system be maintained and repaired during the Covid crisis which is why we will be playing our part by ensuring the electrical workforce have updated skills and are relevant and current in their operating knowledge. So from Monday 23rd March Trade Skills 4 U's service will continue to operate but now under social distancing protocols but with no requirement to change our current training schedule. We do however wish to plan for all eventualities. At all times we will be following the advice of Public Health England, The Department for Education and the local authorities where our Training Centres are located. Please understand that in such a live, evolving and challenging situation, we have limited ability to respond to questions about individual circumstances and this update is intended to help answer questions you may have.
We will use all channels of communication to provide further updates when necessary.
General health advice
Individuals who need advice on personal circumstances, including those who are immunocompromised, should seek it from NHS 111 or the 111 online coronavirus service.
Students are asked to speak with their Personal Tutor in the first instance following any specific advice from a medical service or professional.
Hygiene: The likelihood of infection reduces with good hygiene practices. Please follow good hygiene practices and help enforce them with students. Please see this helpful guide from The BBC: Coronavirus information – how to stay safe.
In order to keep you as safe as we are able we will be operating a constant cleaning program. Also our facilities management teams have been regularly checking and keeping soap, sanitisers and toiletries topped up across the our sites, however we encourage individuals to carry their own tissues and personal hand sanitisers with an alcohol content of +60% if possible.
Remote working contingency
Trade Skills 4U intends to stay open and current advice from the government is to do so. In the event of a centre closure, we will communicate to all customers via email and via our website. In order to assist with any closures we ask our students to prepare for learning remotely. It is possible that a number of lessons can be delivered remotely via online software. This would not apply for practical sessions but it is possible that course units can be swapped to encourage continuity of learning and workshop sessions will be scheduled at a later date.
Students are advised to prepare the way to have access to a screen, keyboard (i.e. desktop PC or laptop) and internet connection at home, or alternative place of study, should the centre have to close. If a screen and keyboard is not possible, access to the internet via a mobile device will allow students to continue to work with handwritten notes. We will be able to schedule extra exam sessions as and when required once the learning is complete and any closure has ended.
Teaching staff teams are considering online resources so that content can be readily uploaded to Moodle our online learning portal, so that we can continue to broadly maintain our ability to deliver course content.
Unless your centre is closed, students should continue to follow absence procedures.
We will be using a number of channels to help raise awareness of the virus and ensure students understand the steps they could take to help prevent or delay its spread, including:
- discussions in tutorial sessions, including preparing to work remotely and likely contingency measures
- encouraging good hygiene practice within our community
- posters on site and online and this dedicated webpage
Whenever there is new information relevant to Trade Skills 4U, we will log updates to these pages at the top of this webpage.