Coronavirus (COVID-19) EmployEase update November 2020

Stage 4 restrictions – can I still enrol and study?

Here’s everything you need to know about enrolling and studying with EmployEase during stage 4 restrictions across Metropolitan Melbourne:

  • ALL courses will continue with a slight change in course delivery.  For the health and wellbeing of our students, all existing and new courses will be delivered by an expert trainer via Zoom.
  • Information sessions and enrolments will continue via Zoom with a course adviser – click here to book.
  • Face to face learning may begin as ordered by the Victorian government.

Click here to read the official update from the Victorian Government.

Update for existing students

No doubt everyone is very relieved to hear about the lowering of restrictions across Victoria. It certainly has been challenging and unfortunately we will need to continue to live with some level of constraints for some time to come. However, things are certainly improving.  

In terms of how the lowering of restrictions will impact on your studies I thought it was important to give you an update on how our training will be delivered, at least until the end of 2020.

Although schools have returned, current government advice in relation to adult vocational training continues to tell us that students should continue to learn and study from home, with on-site learning for practical, hands-on skill based training only. 

For this reason, EmployEase will continue to deliver general theory based training using the Zoom platform. However, more practical training is now being scheduled with face-to-face classes. This training includes Manual Handling, First Aid and in-class practical assessment sessions. These practical sessions will be delivered with restricted student numbers at EmployEase venues, with specific CovidSafe Plans in place. Our timetabling and administration teams are currently managing bookings for students who need to complete these practical training sessions as part of their training plans.  

Placements continue to be limited, however, we are finding that there are indications that the sectors, especially Aged Care, are showing very early signs of opening in some parts of the State. Our Placement Coordinators are working hard to keep in regular contact with our host employers to ensure our students are given an opportunity for placement as soon as one is available. We thank you for your patience with this.

The Disability sector still appears to be slower to open up. However, there has recently been an increased number of students gaining employment in residential services and using their new position to complete their placement, in consultation with EmployEase and their Employer. We continue to encourage all of our Disability students to remain alert to employment opportunities as they become available, and speak with their Placement Coordinator if they would like more information about undertaking placement in your own workplace. Again, we continue to work with our many Disability Service partners to ensure once they are able to accept students, we can allocate placements immediately.

We very much hope that by the start of 2021 EmployEase, along with the rest of the vocational education and training sector, will be able to return to face-to-face training across all our programs.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact myself or our EmployEase administration team, via email: administration@employease.com.au

These protocols will remain in place until further notice;

  • Participate in a mandatory temperature and symptom check on arrival. If your temperature is recorded as being above 37.5 degrees you will not be able to attend class.
  • If you are sick, or showing signs of illness you must not attend class. If you arrive to class and are showing any signs of illness the trainer has the authority to ask you to leave.
  • Follow standard hygiene practices including washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser prior to entering the classroom and at appropriate intervals throughout the day.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times, both in the classroom and during your breaks.

Again, EmployEase continues to follow the directions of the Victorian Government and will review our protocols should any changes occur. If you should you have any questions or concerns in relation to this matter, please email our Administration department and we will respond to you in due course. As you can appreciate this is unprecedented times for all concerned and we are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries and our phone lines are under constant pressure, emailing your enquiries will assist us in responding to all students in a timely and efficient manner.

We will continue to provide ongoing updates of any class changes or requirements and remind all students to check their emails daily, any timetable changes will be emailed promptly to all students. If any student does not wish to attend face-to-face classes, this is totally understandable and we request you email our Administration department to advise of your absence, it is not necessary to call the office.