SETA Covid Info


Online Learning and Remote Education

30 November 2021

SETA is considering online remote learning for BTEC/HNC classes to help lower the footfall in our Centres and to minimise the mixing of groups.  Should this action be taken it will be communicated to all apprentices and employers through our usual channels.


19 July 2021 - Government restrictions lifted

Remote education will be utilised for BTEC and HNC apprentices when required.  Apprentices are required to follow the instructions in the Tier Restrictions.


 19 April 2021 -  BTEC and HNC learners to return to SETA

SETA is pleased to be able to welcome back our BTEC and HNC apprentices into our classrooms for face-to-face teaching.  Learning will still be delivered in a blended approach as and when required.  Everyone entering the buildings will need to be able to self-declare that they have had a negative Covid-19 test result.

Asymptomatic Testing

SETA will be carrying out Asymptomatic Testing 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. 


22 February 2021 - update

The Government’s announcement on 22nd February 2021 confirmed the easing of lockdown restrictions as part of a gradual roadmap for reopening the country. As a result of this SETA is pleased to advise that we will be re-opening our workshops to apprentices from the 8th March on a phased return basis. Not all apprentices will be returning on this date. Both employers and apprentices will be contacted separately to advise of specific arrangements.

Both BTEC and HNC delivery will remain online for the foreseeable future. Apprentices who require additional support can arrange to see tutors and come into SETA as necessary, and where specific arrangements have been requested with their tutors these will continue.

For further information please read the Workshop training to recommence page.


5 January 2021

In line with government guidance from 5 January 2021 ALL apprentices will be switched to remote (online) learning.  This will be up until the 22nd February 2021, but will be subject to review and change.

Learning will be tailored to suit each individual apprentice, depending on trade-skill discipline and position in training. If required, we can provide material according to accessibility needs and are able to deliver/collect portfolio work and make use of digital technology where this is possible.

Whilst there are fundamental limitations towards completing elements of practical training, technical training and written activities supporting practical training (e.g. log-book entries, written reports) can be achieved remotely. SETA believe in fair and equal opportunity to training and assessment so as not to put apprentices at a disadvantage. However, it is our expectation that all apprentices on remote learning make contact with SETA and confirm progress made towards learning objectives on a daily basis.

ALL Technical Training (BTEC & HNC courses) will switch to remote learning during this period. Our Learning Programmes Manager, Steve Paynter, or a member of his team will be in contact with our apprentices regarding this.  Learning will be via Teams and Google Classroom.  The format of training will be a mix of live sessions and recorded sessions with associated resources.

ALL NVQ Monitoring Visits to the workplace will switch to remote activity. Our Quality & Compliance Manager, Pete Hurlstone, or a member of his Team will be in contact with our apprentices regarding this.

Apprentices will still be "in learning" and we ask that each apprentice keeps in close contact with their instructor(s) to ensure that they complete any outstanding written work and tasks that they have been set. A member of our Apprenticeship Team will also be contacting our apprentices once a week to see how things are going generally.

Our Safeguarding Team will always be available if you need to talk to someone about a safeguarding or well being matter.  They can be contacted on or by calling the dedicated safeguarding mobile on 07594 299517.  

Should any apprentice require assistance to work remotely, we ask that they make contact separately.


Consequential action may be taken against individual(s) who fail to satisfy these arrangements.

This is all subject to further guidance. Apprentices are expected to keep in regular contact.  Please follow our social media channels for any updates.


Should you need to contact SETA with regards to remote learning, the following members of staff can be contacted:

The Senior member of staff responsible for overseeing remote learning is Steve Paynter, Learning Programmes Manager.  Should you wish to contact him you can do so by e-mailing

The Senior member of staff responsible for overseeing quality and compliance is Pete Hurlstone, Quality & Compliance Manager. Should you wish to contact him you can do so by e-mailing

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