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Coronavirus Update: Employers/Subcontractors

Updated Wednesday 27 May.

Dear partner

Further Changes to Dates of Onsite Teaching

Following my e-mail on Friday, the Government has now given new guidance to the opening of further education colleges. The College will now recommence learning from week commencing Monday 15 June. To that end, we will be delaying their induction and teaching to fall in line with this decision. 

As per my communication last week, the return to onsite teaching will be for apprentices who are required to undertake assessments in order to continue with their Apprenticeship. Those apprentices who are required to return to College will be contacted next week. 

I know that this is a really challenging time for all of us, coming on the back of nine weeks of restrictions to our day-to-day life; any reopening is so much more difficult than closing down. I’m sure like me, you have a mixture of emotions of being glad that restrictions are easing, coupled with fear of what this may bring. These are fears we all share and that is why it is so important that we all support each other in this.

As you can imagine, Government guidelines and decisions come into effect quite quickly and I will continue to keep you updated as announcements are made.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the College reopening please visit the FAQs section on our website or e-mail

Yours sincerely

Jackie Grubb



Updated Friday 22 May.

Dear partner

Recommencement of Onsite Teaching at City College Plymouth 

I hope you and your colleagues are safe and well. We are now halfway through the summer term and whilst lecturers have been continuing to deliver remote learning, we have been working on a plan to recommence face-to-face learning to a small number of apprentices when it is safe to do so. 

By following Government guidance and implementing strict social distancing measures, the College will commence a phased reopening with inductions during week commencing Monday 1 June. Teaching will commence from Monday 8 June.  

If your apprentice is required to return to College we will be in touch with further details on attending an induction. The induction will include a safety briefing and a tour. Their timetable will be updated so they know which days/times they are expected to come into College and the room numbers allocated for their assessments to take place in. 

The safety of our apprentices and staff continues to be my utmost priority. I understand that these are anxious times and appreciate that you may have concerns regarding your apprentice returning to College and would like to reassure you of the plans in place to protect them. We have implemented the following social distancing and safety measures:

  • designated entry and exit doors, physical barriers and floor markings
  • one-way directional flow through corridors and stairwells
  • staggered start, end and break times for sessions
  • hand-washing and sanitising available in thoroughfares
  • social distancing monitoring team circulating the site.

For those apprentices who will be returning for the next year of their Apprenticeship in September, we are currently developing plans to ensure procedures are in place to support them in returning to onsite learning, dependent on social distancing or other restrictions that may be in place at that time. 

I hope that the information contained in this communication answers any questions you may have about the College reopening after the half-term break, however if you have any queries or concerns please visit the FAQs section on our website or e-mail 

Yours sincerely

Jackie Grubb