Private training organisations have not explicitly been told to close within the regulations, they have continued to deliver through this period, adhering to social distancing and ensuring Covid safe environments. As a result many training providers remain open for training. Sectors this would currently apply to are:
• Manufacturing; and
• Sectors supporting the national infrastructure.
Welsh Government recommend that employability programme participants are allowed to attend training centres for practical training and assessments (Such as the Client Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) safety passport) where the employing sector is open. In allowing the training to go ahead it will be on the following principles:
1. Minimise contact between individuals wherever possible
o Face-to-face learning and assessments must be delivered on a socially distanced basis.
o Providers should ensure that participants arrive and leave the training facility at set times to ensure social distancing is maintained and there is no mixing with other participants outside of their course. Any breaks or lunch breaks may need to be staggered or extended to ensure numbers using any communal facilities are limited and there is no mixing of participants outside of their course.
2. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who have someone in their household or extended household who does, do not attend their training centre.
o Under no circumstances should learners or staff attend their training centre or workplace if they feel unwell and have any of the identified COVID-19 symptoms; have tested positive to COVID-19; live in a household with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19 (in which case they should be aware of the need to self-isolate immediately); have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.
o Training providers should also have a clear escalation policy and procedures in place if learners or staff begin to show symptoms of COVID-19 while at their centre. These need to be fully understood by staff, learners (where able) and parents/carers.
o This would also be reinforced in any invitation to training correspondence issued by ACT or sub-providers for the MTS contract. For the CfW+ Programme we would ask that in the mentors correspondence with training providers they engage with, they would ensure the same principles would apply.
3. Ensure adequate levels of ventilation
o Providers should ensure adequate levels of ventilation.
4. Ensure good hand and respiratory hygiene
o Washing hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and running water or hand sanitiser is an effective way of minimising the risk of contracting COVID-19. Providers should, via messages, signage and notices, remind all learners of the need to clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating.
5. Continue enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach.
o Providers should follow the latest cleaning guidance for non-healthcare settings.
6. Where necessary, wear appropriate face coverings and/or appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
7. Comply with the Welsh Government’s and NHS’ Test, Trace, Protect strategy and under GDPR rules staff and will need to be informed of the learning providers’ obligations under the TTP strategy.
8. Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.
9. Ensure safe travel to the venue
o As far as it is feasible to do so we would encourage participants to walk, cycle or use their own vehicle to travel to their training course. Where this is not possible then all participants should follow the Welsh Government guidance on travelling safely.
o People from different households (other than extended households where this would apply within current regulations) should not share a car. If participants only option is to use public transport then advisers/mentors would encourage the use of masks and sanitiser and ensure extra time is taken to plan the journey to help minimise any risk.
o Training providers and advisers/mentors should ensure, as far as possible, that the principles are adhered to.
Below is a link to our guidance around risk assessments in terms of being an employer:
Last updated: 25/02/21