+ What should I do if my young person is meant to attend TAFE?
Contingent on campus and local TAFE arrangements, many young people will continue the theory aspects of their industry training face-to-face or online through TAFE’s online learning platform, Connect. TAFE Queensland will advise of course delivery arrangements. TAFE at School students are expected to study during their normal course hours, in Industry Block. Should you have any questions about your young person’s TAFE program, please contact your campus principal.
TAFE’s Year 10 Trade Taster Program has been delayed. Further information regarding this will be provided in Term 3.
Health & Wellbeing
+ I am (or my young person is) feeling anxious. How can I help?
We recognise the anxiety and emotional strain that these circumstances may place on members of our community. As information about COVID-19 unfolds and response plans are implemented, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. If you are an AITC staff member, please contact our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In Term 2, our young people may be far away, but it is our aim to keep them closer than ever. These are trying times for each of us, but especially for our students. Personal Development Coaches can be contacted via email or campus reception. Additional wellbeing resources and support for young people and parents are available on the Health & Wellbeing section of our dedicated web pages.
+ What if I (or a member of my household) have been diagnosed with COVID-19?
While a situation like this will trigger a number of other actions by Queensland Health and other authorities, it is imperative that you inform the College as soon as possible. To inform the AITC of a confirmed case, or contact with a positive diagnosis, please phone your campus absentee line within 24 hours of diagnosis. You will be required to put this in writing also, and provide a copy of a medical certificate to confirm this.
- Gold Coast Absentee Line 07 5635 0466
- Redlands Absentee Line 07 3086 0566
- Sunshine Coast Absentee Line 07 5357 8699
- Toowoomba Absentee Line 07 4592 8766
- Ipswich Absentee Line 07 3050 4866
+ What if I am required to self-isolate as I have travelled overseas or had contact with a confirmed case?
We encourage you to seek medical advice, stay away from campus, and phone your campus absentee line to inform the College.
+ What preventative measures are being taken by the College?
As a College, we are doing what we can to help keep our community safe. This includes Visitor Guidelines, limited group gatherings and external presenters on campus, and increase hygiene practices. Cleaners are disinfecting all surfaces as part of their daily clean at all campuses (including all doors and handles). Additional hygiene supplies such as hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes have been provided to campuses for extra attention to high touchpoint surfaces. We have also distributed best practices for appropriate hygiene and preventive measures that everyone can employ to prevent the spread of viral illness on campus.
+ Should I travel?
In short, no. Not until government authorities provide the all clear to travel.
+ I’m an employer, what help is there for me to keep on my apprentice?
As part of the Australian Government’s economic response to the Coronavirus, $1.3 billion will be made available to 70,000 small businesses to help them keep around 117,000 apprentices and trainees across the country in work and training. Read more here. The AITC encourages employers to consider their options before cancelling an apprentice. Please contact the AITC Industry team for further information.
+ What if my young person’s work experience or apprenticeship/traineeship is cancelled by the employer?
Like schools, industry is also facing unprecedented times. Employers are supportive of and committed to educating tomorrow’s industry leaders however, should work experience or their apprenticeship/traineeship be cancelled by an employer, your young person should contact their Industry Consultant for further instruction. The AITC is in contact with current employers to keep them updated on the evolving situation.
+ What if I’m facing financial difficulty and need to cancel my young person’s enrolment?
If you are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19 circumstances, please call us – we want to help you navigate through these difficult times and continue to support your young person on their learning journey. We have some facility to assist AITC families in this predicament and ask that you talk to your campus principal (even during school break) so that your young person can continue at the AITC. The College will take every reasonable action to assist our AITC community during these very trying circumstances. We will also continue to provide flexible payment plans via Parent Lounge.