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COVID-19 updates and advice

Updated 2 April 2020

Recent announcements

We are pausing our face-to-face training 

In order to slow down the spread of COVID-19, North Metropolitan TAFE is pausing all face-to-face training starting Monday 30 March. This means that you should not attend classes on campus. 

We will be in touch with you before your next scheduled class to explain how you can continue your studies.

All online courses (including recent online training pilots) will continue until the end of Term 1 on Thursday 9 April. Please log in to your online learning platform as usual.

There are a few exceptions to the pause in face-to-face training.  Special arrangements to continue on campus will be in place for a very small number of courses that supply skills for essential services. Your lecturer will be in touch if this affects you.

Our campuses remain open and many of our support services are still here to assist you. These services include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support – through our Koolark Centre 
  • Disability student support
  • International student support
  • Jobs and Skills Centres 
  • Learning Resource Centres at all campuses
  • Student Services front counters.

NMTAFE is expecting most courses to resume in a blended learning context at the start of Term 2 on Tuesday 28 April. This means that there will be a mix of online, interactive distant learning and (for some courses) necessary face to face components. More information will be available soon.

The Australian and WA Governments have recently put the following measures in place to help manage COVID-19 in Australia:  

See the latest updates and measures in place to help manage COVID-19 from the Australian Government and WA Government.

FAQs

Attendance and health advice

Please note these FAQs are being updated regularly. Please keep monitoring for all the latest information.

Is NMTAFE open?

Yes, all NMTAFE campuses remain open but face-to-face training has temporarily paused. All online courses and some high priority courses, such as training in essential services, will continue. 

Many of our support services are still here to assist you. These services include: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support – through our Koolark Centre 
  • Disability student support 
  • International student support 
  • Jobs and Skills Centres 
  • Libraries at all campuses 
  • Student Services front counters at all campuses.
When will I find out what is happening in relation to my course? 

Your lecturer will give you further specific information about arrangements for your course.  

Are online courses continuing?

Yes, if you are currently doing your course online, this will continue. 

Will I be disadvantaged or be required to pay more? 

Students will be assisted to complete their course without extra cost.

How will I continue my practical training and job placements?

NMTAFE are looking at options such as rescheduling and restructuring courses and simulated practical training where work placements are unavailable.   

Your lecturer will be in contact regarding arrangements for your course.

How can I access a PC to continue my training if I don’t have one at home or I have internet access problems?

Our learning resources centres at all campuses will still be open so you can access a PC. Suitable social distance arrangements and additional cleaning will be occurring in these centres.

My school student is enrolled for some courses at TAFE, should they attend classes next week?

If you are choosing to have your child stay at home, arrangements will be in place to ensure catch up training is provided.  If your child is attending school, NMTAFE will work with the school to make suitable arrangements.

I’m an employer and unsure about my apprentice’s training?

If training is scheduled during the pause period, then you should contact NMTAFE’s Apprenticeship Management Team to discuss arrangements.  In some cases, scheduled training may continue.

Which courses will remain face-to-face?

All courses are expected to move in some way to a blended delivery which means that there will be a mix of online, interactive distant learning, and for some courses necessary face-to-face components. The best way to deliver the course will be assessed by lecturers in the period available up until the start of Term 2.

How are TAFEs preventing the spread of COVID19 in courses that continue face-to-face delivery?

Hygiene practices and social distancing is being practiced in accordance with the most current Health advice.  Lecturers are advising students to practice social distancing measures, and are applying and monitoring social distancing during classes.

How will online learning work?

Your lecturer will advise you how your blended learning programme will be delivered.

What if students don’t have access to internet or internet access is minimal?

For those students with digital access problems, there will be access to some digital facilities at campuses to continue learning.

Will any student who is unable to access an online delivery method be disadvantaged or penalised?

No student will be penalised and NMTAFE will work with students to identify solutions for their specific circumstance.

Will a student who is unable to attend face-to-face delivery classes for COVID19 reasons be penalised?

No student will be penalised and NMTAFE will work with students to identify solutions for their specific circumstance.

What support services exist for students?

All NMTAFE campuses remain open and many of our support services are still here to assist you. These services include: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support – through our Koolark Centre 
  • Disability student support 
  • International student support 
  • Jobs and Skills Centres 
  • Learning Resource Centres at all campuses 
  • Student Services front counters at all campuses.
How are we supporting lecturers and staff to deliver online?

The pause in training delivery is to enable lecturers to reframe courses to maximise distant learning to reduce virus transmission risk.  Where it is not already in place, a blended delivery of training via online and other interactive modes will be introduced.  Face-to-face delivery will still continue where necessary where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented. NMTAFE will work with students that have particular problems with new modes of delivery.

What are the cleaning arrangements for NMTAFE?

NMTAFE has increased cleaning across all campuses.

How are we assisting International Students?

International students will receive either a text or email to their student account this weekend about the pause in some TAFE activities. 

They will also receive information from their lecturer on Monday about specific arrangements for their course.  The colleges will be structuring learning to ensure any course catch-up occurs. 

As always, TAFE International is available to provide personal assistance to students who are unsure about any issue.  Assistance is available by phone on 9218 2100 and by email on admission.tiwa@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Will JSCs still be open?

Yes

What if my apprentice goes to NMTAFE and the course is paused – what support is there for me?

Employers will be contacted about arrangements for their employees and are welcome to contact our Apprenticeship Management Team if you want more information.

Further information and assistance

Page last updated April 02, 2020