Coronavirus - adult learning and safety

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we've had to make some pretty big changes to our centres and the way we do things to make sure that our learners and staff are able to learn and work safely.

Below you can find out about the measures we've put in place. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to give us a call on (01482) 392844 or send an email to learn@eastriding.gov.uk

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What's happening in our adult learning centres?

We just wanted to take a minute to let you know what’s happening with our centres at the moment. We would also like to tell you about we’re doing to make sure that you can continue to access our learning and support, while keeping both our learners and staff safe.


We’ve made a lot of changes to our centres over the past few months, and we’re confident that that they’re as safe as they can be for both learners and staff. But we’re also really conscious that we should all be doing our best to avoid any unnecessary transmission risks, so we’ve decided to make some further changes, at least for the next few weeks.

If you’re studying any of our qualification courses (including English, maths and ICT) then your sessions will continue as normal. The same goes if you have a pre-booked employability support session with one of our advisors.

Non-qualification courses

If you’re enrolled on one of our non-qualification courses then we’re really sorry but we’ve taken the difficult decision to pause these for November.

We think it’s important to keep the number of learners in our centres as low as possible, so we hope that you won’t mind waiting a few weeks to come back.

If you’re not sure what type of course you’re on, or what you should be doing, please don’t worry. Our team will be in touch to chat through your options, if they haven’t been already.

Virtual courses

If you want to get involved with learning without having to visit one of our centres at all then why not have a look at our virtual courses? 

You’ll still be taught by one of our amazing tutors, with a small group of other learners, but you can do it over video chat software from the comfort and safety of your own home.

We’re adding new virtual courses all the time, so make sure you keep an eye out for further emails, or why not follow us on Facebook?

Please note: that centres are open for pre-booked appointments and courses ONLY. 

If you do not have an appointment, you can contact us by emailing learn@eastriding.gov.uk or by calling (01482) 392844.

It’s been a really difficult decision to restrict our centres even further, but as always the safety of our learners and staff is our absolute priority. We hope you understand, and we can’t wait to welcome you back as soon as it’s safe to do so."

Do I have to come to a centre to learn?

No you don't. At the moment, centres are only open for employability and accredited courses (including English, maths and ICT) and employability support sessions. All other in-centre learning has been paused until the 2 December.

We also offer  a range of virtual courses that you can study from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

What if I want to come to a centre, is it safe?

We've worked really hard to make sure that out centres are safe for our learners and staff. Things will seem different, but our lovely staff are just as great as they've always been, and can't wait to meet you.

Do you provide hand sanitizers?

Throughout our centres, from reception to classrooms, you'll find hand sanitizer stations. We would appreciate it if you use them. Regular hand washing is a good way to help prevent the virus spread. If you find one that's empty, or even running a bit low, please let a member of staff know.

Throughout our centres, from reception to classrooms, you'll find hand sanitizer stations. We'd really appreciate it if you use them. Regular hand washing is a good way to help prevent the virus spread. If you find one that's empty, or even running a bit low, please let a member of staff know.

Have you changed the training rooms?

Our training rooms have been the biggest change of all. We’ve moved them around to make sure that there’s an absolute minimum of two metres between all learners, with place markers and signs to show where you should (and shouldn’t!) sit. Please do take note of these, and if you’re not sure ask your tutor.  

Mice and keyboards in rooms with computers will be cleaned between sessions, so you don’t need to worry about these. Keyboards now have plastic covers. You might find them a bit odd to use at first but they mean we can clean the keyboards much more efficiently.  

Have you changed the shared areas?

We’ve had to move the furniture from shared areas. We know how much our learners like to socialise before and after sessions, but for now we need to ask you to arrive just before the start of your session so you can go straight in. You can take your breaks at your seat in the training room, or if the weather is nice we’d encourage you to get some fresh air.

Do I have to wear a face covering?

We do ask that you wear coverings while you’re moving around the centre, in corridors and in toilets.  

If you wear disposable coverings, we’d ask that you take them with you to dispose of after your session. We’re asking the same of our staff.

Are you using Track and Trace?

As part of the council we’re signed-up to the Government’s Track and Trace programme, so we will be logging your visits to our centres. 

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