News from Transferable Skills Training
Coronavirus Update May 21st 2020
Our staff are working remotely, keeping our students on track with their qualifications, and more importantly, helping them to stay positive in the current situation.
The management team have also been working remotely, making sure we have all the right plans, procedures, risk assessments and equipment in place for when we are able to re-open. We are taking this opportunity to improve the infrastructure of the site with plans for two new large polytunnels, landscaping around the construction unit, converting "Steve's shed" into a disabled access classroom space, and installing a new teaching space for learning independent living skills.
All of this will enable us to provide safe spaces for our students when they return/join us.
Follow us on Facebook for photos of developments, and to enjoy the antics of our animals!
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE APRIL 20TH 2020
TST remains closed due to the national lock down.
The online Homework Portal is now active through the button on the website homepage (scroll to the bottom of the page). Or if students have asked for paper copies of work these will be sent through the post.
Tutors are continuing to do a fantastic job supporting students with both academic work and pastoral care via telephone and text.
Although there is no date yet for re-opening, the management team are working on an action plan to ensure TST can re-open promptly and safely when given permission to do so.
Coronavirus Update March 12th 2020
We're very please to confirm that the tests for one member of staff, who was in Venice during half term, have been returned as negative.
In line with current Government advice, TST remains open.
If any students feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms of a high temperature, a new persistent cough, or a fever, they should stay at home and not attend college for 7 days. This will be an authorised absence.
If you need to stay at home please let us know and we will stay in contact with you throughout your absence.
Coronavirus Update March 11th 2020
The following letter has been sent to all students today:
March 11th 2020
Dear Parent / Carer / Student
We are writing to you because we take the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and their families very seriously. As you may be aware, there have been a small number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Cornwall, but we are not aware of any confirmed cases in our local community. However, one member of staff at TST has self-isolated and been tested for coronavirus, and their results are due back on Thursday 12th March.
We are taking advice daily from the NHS, the Department for Education, and our contract holder V Learning Net. So far, the advice has been to keep the college open and continue as normal, while taking precautions with personal hygiene.
However, if you are a student who has an underlying health condition and are therefore more vulnerable to infection or live with some with an underlying health condition, we are advising you not to come into college at this time. This will be recorded as an authorised absence and will not affect your attendance.
If you have a cold, sore throat, a fever or feel unwell please do not come into college and take advice from the NHS helpline 111.
To reduce the risk of catching coronavirus, or any other virus, please use the following guidelines:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with other people
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then put the tissue in the bin and wash your hands
- Do not attend college if you have cold or flu-like symptoms (e.g. high temperature, cough, shortness of breath).
Any changes in our approach will be posted on our website and social media. Should we be advised to close the college we will endeavour to phone everyone individually, so please listen to your voicemails and keep an eye on our social media.
Head of Education
Coronavirus – Advice for all staff and students
The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However, we understand that people may be concerned where there are students or staff returning from or visiting China or other countries, or where they may have been in contact with individuals who have been travelling.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
Advice for parents/guardians/carers
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend TST as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel in the near future. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
What action you can take
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.Wash your hands thoroughly and frequentlySneeze or cough into a tissue or flexed elbowMaintain social distance from other people (about 1 metre)Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouthIf you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical careAvoid consuming raw or undercooked animal products
SITE CLOSED TODAY
We're really sorry for the late notice, but due to the bad weather we have to close the site today, Monday 19th March 2018. All learners will be able to make up their hours next term, so please don't worry about missing college. Stay safe and enjoy the snow! We will keep you updated but expect to be open again tomorrow.
We will be open as normal tomorrow, Tuesday 19th March 2018, with all minibus pick-ups working at your usual times. It's still very chilly so wrap up warm with plenty of layers.
Callington Mayfest 2018
On May 19th 2018 TST will be attending Callington Mayfest. We will be providing a team of volunteers to help with traffic management for the parade and will be entering our very own giant, built by TST students. Here is a photo of our giant from 2017.
It’s a great community day, full of dancing, singing, craft and fun. If you want to know more go to the Mayfest website https://callingtonmayfest.weeb
SITE CLOSED TODAY
We don't have any snow yet, but with temperatures at -4 degrees we've decided it's too cold for students to be working. Please stay at home and keep looking on here and facebook for updates
BAD WEATHER CLOSURE
Due to weather warnings issued by the Met Office, we have decided to close the site to students on Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March. We expect to be back to normal timetabling on Monday 5th March, but will update as things progress.
We will make up the missed days later in the academic year, so this will not affect student's learning.
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