SETA Covid Info


Coronavirus – COVID-19 - Update

Over the last year, SETA has taken numerous actions to preserve the health, safety and welfare of both our apprentices and customers whilst they complete distance learning with SETA during these challenging times. Thank you for your continued support and understanding during the initial site closures that took place.

As part of our plan, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic,  SETA has been communicating with employers, candidates, apprentices, visitors and sub-contractors to help ensure mitigation of any potential risks. SETA was able to open for training again.  Not only did this allow for continued staff training and development, but to ensure that we had the necessary procedures and measures in place to follow the Government guidance on managing the risk of Coronavirus. This strategy goes some way to help strengthen the economy and get the nation back on its feet.

Our Covid-19 Compliance Document can be found on our Covid Compliance web page


Asymptomatic Testing

Everyone entering the buildings will need to be able to self-declare that they have had a negative Covid-19 test result. SETA will be carrying out Asymptomatic Testing, using Rapid Lateral Flow Tests, of all individuals entering any of the SETA buildings.  These will be carried out as follows:

Full-time Apprentices will be issued with 7 Asymptomatic testing kits for use at home, with further being issued when required. They are expected to test twice weekly on Monday and Thursday before coming to SETA for their training. No self-testing will be carried out in the building for these individuals. 

Part-time Apprentices (BTEC/HNC/Electrotechnical etc.) will need to self-test at SETA in their vehicles only on their first day of attendance on return from the Easter break. On the day of testing, they will be issued with 7 Asymptomatic testing kits from the ‘COVID-19 Test Distribution Area’ at the front of the building for use at home, one of which they will do 30 minutes before the start of their training in their vehicle. They will be expected to test on the morning before they attend SETA for their training. 



We are proud to say that with a lot of hard work from a dedicated team we were able to stick to our pledge of being able to re-open our training centre on Tuesday 26th May adhering to the guidance provided appropriate to the time.

Commercial testing and assessment now continues to take place whilst adhering to national guidance issued for educational establishments set out by Government, The Health & Safety Executive and various industry Awarding Bodies. Covid-19 risk assessments are in place for each activity taking place at both SETA centres, which were deep cleaned and redecorated ahead of opening.   A copy of our risk assessment can be obtained by e-mailing our Health & Safety Manager, Quality and Compliance Manager - Pete Hurlstone 


Commercial Courses

We remain open for classroom based courses.  Again this is within strict adherence to the necessary guidelines and following the new change to operational procedures.

There is now a comprehensive new arrival procedure (including temperature checking), with some reduced class sizes and increased overall hygiene measures.  Candidates must self-declare symptoms and under no circumstances attend training to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.  SETA also displays the NHS Covid-19 Test & Trace App in reception as you sign in, and strongly encourages its use.  For more information on what the App does please visit the dedicated Covid-19 NHS website.

What to expect on arriving at SETA and the new operational procedures can be found in the FAQs section.

If you would like to contact us then please use the details below:

Telephone – 023 8077 1908

Email –



We are in regular contact with all employers of apprentices keeping them up to date with the ongoing situation. We are ensuring the continuity of training with education and support services being successfully operated remotely.

To help ensure that apprentices are working towards their learning targets:

~Apprentices continue to use Google Classroom for online learning

~Assessors continue to remain in contact with apprentices via telephone and e-mail in the usual manner

~Off the job workshop training continues as normal at SETA


Apprenticeship workshop training continues as normal and apprentices should attend SETA in the usual manner.  This will obviously be subject to review.  Should future guidance advise that changes are to be made then apprentices and their employers will be notified of any decisions made as soon as possible.  Please be assured that risk mitigation strategies are in place to ensure safe delivery of training for all involved.


Apprentices with confirmed test dates

SETA will now defer these and re-arrange. Apprentices requiring these qualifications will receive practice papers via e-mail to complete.


Apprentices approaching gateway for end point assessment

SETA is reviewing this with partner organisations and will contact apprentices directly once we receive further instructions.



All safeguarding matters and concerns will continue to be facilitated via SETA Safeguarding Team and 07594 299517.


SETA would like to thank you for your continued support and co-operation during these unprecedented and challenging times.


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