Updated 25.02.2021 15:15
Following recent announcements by Government on the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, Further Education Colleges and Independent Training Providers offering regulated qualifications can return to face to face teaching and assessment from the 8th March onwards.
Ofqual’s regulatory arrangements permit awarding organisations to make adjustments to qualifications and assessments to take account of the impact of the pandemic and the need to comply with public health guidance. Any adaptations we make will maintain the validity and reliability of occupational qualifications.
We are committed to supporting centres and learners throughout this time and have already published a toolkit of adaptations for different qualifications to support learners. We will keep these documents under review to take into account any decisions from Ofqual’s current consultation on their VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework.
For information specific to Performance Table Qualifications (PTQs), please click here.
If you would like to provide input on any of the above, please click the following link to complete the Ofqual consultation, which is available until 23:45 on Thursday 11th March 2021.
Specific Qualification Information
New VTCT Infection Prevention Qualifications
Information on our suite of sector-specific Infection Prevention Qualifications can be found by clicking the button below.
In response to the Prime Minister’s latest announcement (4th January) regarding a third English lockdown and the restrictions imposed on training/education establishments across the UK and Ireland, VTCT and iTEC have taken the decision to temporarily pause certificate printing activities until 1st March 2021.
If you have recently submitted a certificate claim* and your learners require their certificates before normal services are resumed, please do not hesitate to contact the Processing Department directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Customer Support Team on 02380 684 500 to arrange printing. A small team will be operating at the VTCT office to support urgent requests.
*Please note, only approved and processed certificate claims are eligible for printing. Certificates for unsubmitted claims or claims requiring EQA approval cannot be printed until the necessary processes have been completed.
Updated Policy Documents
To access the following documents, please click here and go to the Additional Downloads section”
- COVID-19 Appeals Policy and Procedures Addendum
- COVID-19 Complaints Policy and Procedure Addendum
- COVID-19 Malpractice Policy and Procedure Addendum
Centre Re-opening Information
VTCT want to support centres in re-opening safely and have produced guidance information for centres to follow.
It will be the responsibility of the centre and training provider to ensure that the information is adhered to when preparing for internal practical assessments within the training environment.
The next weekly webinar will be held on Tuesday 2nd March at 10am – Register here