Covid-19

Important Information for Learners on a DART Apprenticeships, Study Programmes or School’s Provision

As you will now be aware, in line with advice from Public Health England, we have taken the decision to change our delivery model from face to face teaching and assessing to a remote learning model for all our learners. We have been actively preparing for this predicted change over the last week or so and are ready for these changes to be implemented as of next week (23rd March 2020). These changes will be regularly reviewed in line with Government advice and we will return to our usual delivery model as soon as possible. Learners should, where safe to do so, remain in their work placement. We will be liaising closely with both employers, placements and learners regarding this.

All staff will be working remotely. Please contact us via enquiries@darttraining.co.uk - we have a dedicated team on standby to answer all queries and will endeavour to respond within 24 hours. Thank you for your patience.

Apprentices

Our Tutor/Assessors will be contacting learners regularly to support them with their learning, they will be setting work through OneFile or Moodle and agreeing tasks to be undertake within the workplace and in conjunction with the employer. It is crucial that all new learning is recorded on OneFile. Practical assessments, tests and EPA’s may be delayed for a period of time but it is important that learners continue with their studies so that these can be rearranged as soon as face to face sessions resume. Veterinary Nurses will receive advice from Bottle Green Training or Abbeydale Veterinary Training and will be contacted by their Veterinary Nurse Visiting Officer to discuss their learning progress and support.

Study Programme & School’s Provision

We would like to take this opportunity to stress to learners that it is crucial for our learners to continue to work with their tutors/assessors to enable them to successfully complete their course and prepare them to progress onto their next steps. Our Tutors/assessors will be contacting learners regularly to support them with their learning, they will be setting work for them to complete remotely at home. Work will be set via email or sent in the post and tutors/assessors will be booking in phone call tutorials. Learners can obviously contact our tutors at any point should they need further support. It is also vitally important for them to also complete a remote learning log. This needs to detail in full all of the work that they complete. Where applicable, please note that a learner’s bursary will continue to be paid as long as the learner actively works with the tutor on their remote learning working towards the requirements of their course.

DART NPTC, ROLO & Short Courses

Some of our NPTC and Short Courses will be able to go ahead as planned. At the moment, unfortunately we will be not be able to run open courses for ‘NPTC PA1 & PA6A Courses’ and ‘ROLO Courses’. All courses taking place at an Employers premises, specifically for their Employees, will go ahead as planned (depending on Employer, Candidates and Trainers/Assessors all being in agreement.

Please note, DART Apprentices will not be able to attend any of our short courses at the current time, their places will need to be rescheduled.

If you have any questions regarding this, please speak to our Short Courses Team on 01332 216640 (Option 2) or email ShortCourses@darttraining.co.uk

Health & Safety & Safeguarding

If you have a health & safety accident or incident please report this by using the Health & Safety App on OneFile. If you have a safeguarding issue or you feel you need welfare support or someone to talk to during this difficult time. Please contact DART on 01332 216640 or your Tutor/Assessor or Visiting Officer and they will arrange appropriate support.

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your main link person at DART or the main office on 01332 216640.


Business guidance on Covid-19

DART Training are here to support our businesses, apprentices and the community during this challenging period.

We want to reassure you that our apprenticeship provision is continuing to operate on a remote learning basis. This will ensure apprentices can continue their learning and development while working remotely from home.

The businesses that we work with are vital to the landbased economy and we are here to provide guidance and signpost you to government information outlining the support available to you.

If you need any advice or information, please contact our dedicated apprenticeship team at apprenticeships@darttraining.co.uk and we will endeavour to respond within 24 hours.

Please see link below for the latest guidance from the government around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) apprenticeship programme response.

We have put together frequently asked questions and information below to help guide you through this difficult time. These will be revisited on a daily basis.

What happens if I am unable to continue to provide work for my employee and/or apprentice (the individual is furloughed), and am unable to pay them?

SME Apprentice – If whilst your apprentice is furloughed, they continue to study and access their training via our remote training programme, then their apprenticeship will continue.  The government has issued guidance to ensure that all UK employers are able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that are furloughed during this crisis, and will not be undertaking any work.  This guidance can be accessed here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Levy Apprentice – If whilst your apprentice is furloughed, they continue to study and access their training via our remote training programme, then their apprenticeship will continue.  Do not stop their apprenticeship in your DAS account. The government has issued guidance to ensure that all UK employers are able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that are furloughed during this crisis, and will not be undertaking any work.  This guidance can be accessed herehttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Employee - The government has issued guidance to ensure that all UK employers are able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that are furloughed during this crisis, and will not be undertaking any work.  This guidance can be accessed here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

What happens if during this period my apprentice resigns from the business or have to permanently cease employing them?

Please notify us of this as soon as possible via our email address apprenticeships@darttraining.co.uk. The apprentice will be placed on a Break In Learning (BIL) until alternative employment is found. Remote sessions may be able to continue whilst we find alternative employment for the apprentice.  We will contact you if you are a levy employer to advise of the actions to take on your DAS account.

Please note that this guidance is subject to changes in government guidance and will be updated accordingly. Therefore please check this site regularly and notify us of an changes to your apprentices employment circumstances via apprenticeships@darttraining.co.uk

When will the cancelled blocks be rearranged?

We will be in touch to rearrange blocks once it is safe to resume face to face activity.

What is going to happen about my planned EPA?

The EPA (practical elements) will be rearranged as soon as it is safe to resume face to face activity. Any aspects which can be completed remotely will still take place.  We are currently in discussions with EPA organisations and will update this section as further clarification is provided.

What do I do if I was planning to take on an apprentice this summer?

Please email us at apprenticeships@darttraining.co.uk, as we are continuing recruitment activities for businesses, although initially this will be via remote activities.  Once normal business starts to resume, apprentices will be key to a business resuming normal operations.

What about recruitment if people do not have GCSEs ?

We are awaiting guidance around this but expect predicted grades to be honoured.  The government are currently discussing the arrangements for this with the awarding bodies and as further guidance is issued we will update this section.

Will the start date for new apprentices be postponed?

All start dates are on hold, the start dates will be communicated once it is safe to continue face to face sessions.

Will we have assessment centres?

All face to face assessment centres have been cancelled and will be rearranged once it is safe to resume face to face activity.  Assessment centre activities that can be undertaken remotely will continue to be scheduled.

How do livestock keepers maintain the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Please see government guidance here which highlights advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on maintaining the welfare of their animals.