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February 5th, 2021
The 16-19 Tuition Fund has been made available to providers to support the disruption to learning caused by COVID-19. Skills Training UK is committed to using this funding in line with the government guidance and our values to support young people who continue to be disadvantaged by the pandemic and its impact on their learning. The Tuition Fund gives additional support in English, Maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. Learners aged 16-19, on our Study Programme or Traineeship are eligible if they have not yet achieved a Grade 4 in GCSE English and/or Maths (or equivalent) or have achieved it but need catch-up support.
The funding is being used to support learning above that which is already planned as part of the learners’ usual timetable. It includes a mix of tutoring and additional learning support which is delivered face-to-face and remotely via Microsoft Teams. It supports groups of up to 5 students per session, who have a relevant English and/or Maths qualification in progress, structured by level. Sessions are taking place outside of normal timetabled hours which may include evenings and Saturdays. Staffing is a combination of internal staff, teaching assistants, external tutors, and intensive courses delivered by external providers. We are working with our Quality Department to ensure a robust monitoring and recording process is in place.
We are delighted to announce that we will be issuing home lateral flow testing kits to our staff and learners from Monday 29th March. Learners will be contacted early next week to schedule their test kit collection times. Following a negative home test learners aged 16-18 will be invited back to Centres to attend their face to face lessons. Please note that upon return to Centre all learners and staff will be required to wear masks. In the meantime the current arrangements of full delivery online will continue as normal.
Further updates to these arrangements will be communicated to learners and posted on our website and social media pages.
We would like to reassure all our learners, as well as parents/carers and our wider stakeholders, that we are fully committed to doing everything we can to ensure no-one misses out on learning new skills, building confidence, receiving support, or gaining a qualification. Our online learning platforms will fully support Learners in ensuring there is no break in their learning. The safety, mental health and wellbeing of our learners and staff will continue to be our top priority.
All measures and decisions remain under constant review and will reflect the latest government guidelines. Thank you for your continued support during such challenging times.
February 8th, 2021
Skills Training UK was Highly Commended with special recognition in the 'Education and Training Provider of the Year' and 'Apprentice of the Year' categories at the prestigious 2021 West London Business Awards held on Thursday 4th February.
Evette Smith, a Business Administration Level 3 apprentice at The Royal Marsden NHS Trust Hospital, was a Highly Commended finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category after being nominated by Skills Training UK. The award recognises apprentices who have made an exceptional contribution to their employer’s West London workplace.
The Education and Training Provider of the Year award celebrated the training providers who have made a positive impact on the local economy with training that supports employees and businesses to thrive.
The online ceremony, which marked the eighth year of the West London Business Awards, paid tribute to the business community’s talent, entrepreneurship, drive and resilience despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Skills Training UK pride itself on making a positive difference in the lives of every young person or adult who joins one of our programmes. We have two training centres in West London in Ealing and Wembley.
We’ve made sure none of our learners faced any disruption to their courses, offering thousands of online learning sessions and one-to-one support through our flexible learning offer during the pandemic.
Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, said: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have welcomed and continued to train young people and adults through apprenticeships, traineeships or one of our other vocational training programmes and to date have delivered over 5,000 online learning sessions, including approximately 1,560 to West London learners.
“We have also invested in our West London Centres and recently opened two new training centres in Wembley and Ealing, each with eight training rooms. They have been very positively received.”
Evette Smith works in the Billing Department at the Royal Marsden Hospital and is nearing completion of her Business Administration Level 3 Apprenticeship. Her goal is to upskill and develop further within her role in business administration.
Evette said: “I applied for the Business Administration Apprenticeship Level 3 because I knew I had more to achieve, more to give, but no way of showing this without a practical demonstration or up-to-date qualifications.
“I cannot afford to go back to college or university, but through the support of the Royal Marsden Hospital and Skills Training UK I am able to reach my full potential.”
To find out how Skills Training UK works with employers to design and deliver training that upskills their teams in line with their goals, see here.