+ What is happening in Term 2?
Learning will continue from home for Term 2 until further advice from government authorities. Learning modules and resources will be delivered via the platforms BKSB, Schoology, The Careers Department and GO1. Learning From Home resources will be aligned with the Australian Curriculum, and a learning schedule and planned support will be provided by AITC prior to term commencement.
All young people who can learn from home are to stay at home. Our campuses will remain open to vulnerable young people and children of essential workers when they are unable to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. These young people will access the Learning From Home program materials but be supervised on-campus.
+ Will my young person know how to use the platforms required to learn from home?
Young people are familiar with the learning platforms BKSB and Schoology, which will be used for Education block when learning from home. For Industry block, young people will use The Careers Department and GO1 platforms. If your young person doesn’t know their login for a platform by Friday, 17 April, please ensure they contact student services.
+ What does Education block look like?
Years 11 and 12 young people must complete a 20-day program and Year 10s must complete a 22-day program, per block minimum. The decision to use systems or platforms that our young people and their families are familiar with was explicitly made to assist the transition to remote learning. These platforms are Schoology for Education, TASS (Parent Lounge and Student Café) and your campus Facebook page for communications. A timetable will structure your young person’s day in Education block.
+ What does Industry block look like?
Your young person will be engaged in a range of industry-based experiences that enhance their learning and employability skills. Industry block depends on a number of factors such as your young person’s year level, campus, TAFE training and whether they are signed up. The AITC will provide industry training via two dynamic platforms: The Careers Department, which includes online profiling to build your young person’s skills matrix, curriculum vitae development, virtual work experience, online chat with careers advisors, and completion of project work; and GO1, which provides young people access to over 170,000 resources from the world’s top training providers, including Microsoft Office training, 21st Century skills development, and the renowned culture-building FISH! training. In addition, the AITC Industry team is planning home-based and campus-based Industry Community Projects to enable young people to use and develop their technical skills and abilities.
+ How can I prepare for my young person learning from home?
Supervision of your young person is necessary during the Learning From Home program. Please ensure your young person has access to WIFI (internet) at home; a reliable device; a suitable place for learning at home (ability to sit comfortably, without risk of injury); and the ability to access educational videos on YouTube (if links are provided by educators). If you are able to stream Netflix or YouTube videos at home, then your bandwidth will be more than adequate.
+ 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 online through TAFE’s online learning platform, Connect. Young people can expect to receive email and text communication from TAFE Queensland advising them of course delivery arrangements. TAFE at School students will be 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 and is now scheduled to start at the beginning of 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 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: the cancellation of excursions, assemblies, Roof Shouts and group gatherings of more than 20 young people; limiting external presenters on campus; and staggered break times. Cleaners are disinfecting all surfaces as part of their daily clean at all campuses (including all doors and handles). The College has sourced additional hygiene supplies such as hand sanitizer and have on backorder some anti-bacterial wipes 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. Government authorities have issued travel bans so please reconsider any non-essential 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 contacting all 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.