Current Notice: COVID update

15th December 2021


Dear Employers, Apprentices, Colleagues, Parents and Guardians,


COVID Update

I wrote to you all in late November concerning the covid situation and the need to observe all safety measures in the interests of the wider community. We are all aware that cases of covid are rising again and that the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly and hence we must be extra vigilant and take all reasonable precautions. With that in mind, I wanted to reiterate the College’s protocols with respect to safe practice.


The College has asked all staff and students to:


  • observe as far as possible social distancing
  • regularly wash their hands, especially upon arrival at the College
  • resume the wearing of face coverings, where appropriate and as guided by staff, in classrooms, workshops and communal spaces. (Any student or apprentice who is exempt from wearing a face covering must notify their tutor)
  • take regular lateral flow tests, preferably on a daily basis. Please see the following link for information on how to obtain free test kits:


The College will be reinforcing the messages above with all members of the community and would ask for your support in this.


With the possibility of further restrictions being enforced and recognising that the situation with respect to any further restrictions – including a potential lockdown – could change with little or no notice, please could I also remind you to check the College website regularly for any updates, especially immediately prior to the scheduled re-opening of the College on Tuesday the 4th of January.


For now, and in the hope that 2022 is a better and less challenging one for us all, may I take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Festive Season.


Stay safe and well!


Yours sincerely,




David Dowdles