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Coronavirus advice and guidance for Learners


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about how the Coronavirus pandemic may affect your apprenticeship please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for further advice and guidance. If your question is not answered here​, please email coronavirusupdate@jtltraining.com​. Answers to questions sent in will be added to this Frequently Asked Questions section rather than responding to emails individually.

Frequently Asked Questions


Useful info for Apprentices & Employers during COVID-19

This resource sheet provides information on a wide variety of information sources, organisations and agencies that may be helpful at the moment.

Useful info for Apprentices & Employers


Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) transmission through paper and cardboard surfaces

There has been a lot of attention to how the surfaces of everyday items we handle may carry and transmit SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Since paper and card are very physical mediums, concerns have been expressed about whether people can catch coronavirus simply by touching or handling mail, magazines and paper packaging. Please read the guidance below which has been gathered from information available regarding the transmission of the virus through paper, cardboard and other surfaces.

Transmission through cardboard & paper


NHS Test and Trace: Workplace Guidance

The Government has produced guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers. The service forms a central part of the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery strategy, which seeks to help the nation return to normal as soon as possible for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects the NHS and social care sector.

This guidance explains how employers, businesses and workers can play their part in the NHS Test and Trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives. To find out more please click on the blue button below.

NHS Test and Trace: Workplace Guidance


Information apprentices returning to train in educational settings

As part of the cross-government efforts to respond to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is implementing new measures, until further notice, to make it easier for apprenticeships to continue and complete in a different way if they need to, or to break and resume an apprenticeship later when that becomes possible. You can read more about these measures by clicking the blue button below.

Returning to train in educational settings


Be careful what you share. Things aren’t always what they seem online.

Just because a story appears online, doesn’t mean it is true. The internet is great, but it can also be used to spread misleading news and content. Protect yourself and your friends from false information about coronavirus. To make sure you don't feed the beast click on the blue button below to find out more.

Be careful what you share online


19+ coronavirus scams to watch out for and how to protect yourself.

The coronavirus pandemic has often brought out the very best in people and society – but upsettingly, it's also brought criminals and lowlifes out of the shadows to prey on our pockets. Action Fraud has reported that £4.6 million has already been lost to coronavirus-related scams since lockdown started. To help you stay safe read these top tips on how to protect yourself from scams.

Tips on how to protect yourself


Stay alert & safe: social distancing guidance for young people

All of us, including young people, have helped to reduce the spread of coronavirus. We have done this by making changes to our lives and following the guidance. As we move to the next stage of controlling coronavirus, it is important that we stay alert and follow the guidance in order to save lives. To read more click on the blue button below.

Social distancing guidance

 

ECA guidance on essential close proximity in work vehicles

This document for employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK gives guidance on how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping as many people as possible 2 metres apart from those they do not live with. It details measures that can be used to mitigate the risk of coronavirus transmission if workers must be less than 2m apart while travelling.

ECA Guidance document

 

Learners' Guide to '20% Off The Job' training

If you need some guidance on how to log your "20% Off The Job' training, take a look at our handy guidance document by clicking on the link below.

Guide to 20% OTJ Training

 

NHS Bereavement Helpline

The NHS has a Bereavement Line with an updated service during COVID-19. It's open every day from 8am to 8pm. The nurses on the helpline can give you advice, guidance and practical support if you have experienced the loss of someone close to you and need support during this difficult time. Tel: 0800 2600 400

Bereavement advice and support

 

Social media and mental health

How you experience social media can affect your mood. Being connected is a big part of our lives. But if you’re seeing stuff online which makes you feel angry, sad, worried, stressed, or annoyed, this can build up and start having a negative impact on your life. If you ever feel overwhelmed by the online world, unable to switch off, or find it difficult to cope, you’re not alone. We all struggle to keep our online world positive sometimes.

Read our handy guide on how you can have a more positive time online along with tips to deal with online bullying and managing your privacy online.

 

Cybersecurity during lockdown

Unfortunately, some people are exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to scam at-risk individuals. We’re Unfortunately, some people are exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to scam at-risk individuals. .We're hearing reports of telephone scams, email scams, and even in-person scams.Regardless of whether a virus is making the rounds, the best way to protect yourself and others from scams is through remaining vigilant. Be aware of the risks yourself, and learn what sort of warning signs to look out for. And if you know or care for any at-risk individuals, make sure you advise them on the risks too.Some general guidance for avoiding scams:

  • NEVER give your card or your card details to anyone else, whether it’s in person, online or over the phone, unless they’re someone you know and trust.
  • Banks almost never contact customers by email or telephone. If you receive an email or a phone call requesting your bank details, you can safely ignore it. Then contact your bank by other means, telling them about the call or email you received. If there’s genuinely an issue with your account, you can sort it there and then.
  • If someone’s offered to shop for you, don’t give them your card. Instead, ask them to provide a receipt, and arrange to send them money afterwards.

It’s sad that we have to share these guidelines. The vast majority of people who offer to help during this crisis genuinely want to help. But there will always be some who will think nothing of exploiting others’ goodwill and vulnerability. As always, it pays to be vigilant.

Source: 
https://www.anncrafttrust.org/safeguarding-and-the-coronavirus-info-tips-and-resources/

Protecting your mental health and wellbeing

Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this may impact upon your mental health and well being, particularly if you are already living with conditions like anxiety, depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Although JTL is not an expert on mental health, we are acutely aware that many of you may need some additional support to get through the next few weeks with as little distress as possible.

You may be aware that JTL has partnered with the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) to offer a range of welfare support services to all of our learners working within the electrical sector and the wider building services industries.

The EIC is an industry charity that offers a range of free and confidential support services for those who may be struggling with personal or work-related challenges, whether financial, legal, emotional or health related. Support is available in the form of telephone counselling, legal and debt advice, scholarships and financial grants.

JTL recognises that if you have an existing mental health issue, such as stress, anxiety and depression you may feel particularly in need of this service during this period of uncertainty.

Find out more about the EIC

How to feel less anxious about Coronavirus 

This film created by The Independent offers very good advice as to how you can help protect your mental health during these challenging times.

JTL's Diversity, Safeguarding and Inclusion team have also put together this helpful document featuring lots of tips on how reduce anxiety to protect your mental health. At the end of the document you will find the contact details of helpful services which you can access if you need further assistance or guidance.

 

JTL update to all learners regarding JTL Training

(24 March 2020)


Central to all our decisions and thinking is the safety and wellbeing of our staff, learners and other partner organisations.  We continue to follow advice from Public Health England and the latest information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england.

Your health and safety is our top priority and in response to yesterday’s announcement from Government regarding schools and colleges, we have taken the decision to temporarily cease all face to face training at our centres from Friday 20th March at 5pm.  We shall be putting a Remote Learning Plan in place as we want to make sure you can continue to learn and progress in your studies as much as possible during this challenging period.  In addition, from Monday 23rd March you will be able to access a new suite of on-line resources through Smart Assessor and through your BKSB accounts.  

We will be updating these resources on a weekly basis and each week we will send out an update on what has been added with further guidance, so please check your emails (including your junk/trash email box) regularly.  These resources will be available for all our learners, whether you are learning at a partner college/centre or at a JTL Training Centre. For those of you at a partner college/centre please also take advantage of any support and resources made available to you through them.

For those of you studying at a JTL Training Centre, we will put in place on-line tutor support and training after the Easter break, whereby your tutor will be able to support you remotely.  If you are booked onto a JTL Functional Skills session your Functional Skills Trainer will be in contact soon to arrange a remote training session.

Remember, you will still be able to talk to your Training Officer. They will be in contact with you shortly to check how you are and discuss your reviews and assessments going forward. They will also explain how our Remote Learning Plan can support you until our centres open again.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns you can contact JTL’s customer services team on 0800 085 2308 or email info@jtltraining.com 

View the Coronavirus Guidance on the Gov.UK website

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