A message from the CEO, Stephen Varty

23 March 2020

Chisholm Institute continues to work closely with the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to plan for, and respond to, the current and potential impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on our students, staff and the wider community.

The situation is changing rapidly and as such, we are taking further action to reduce the potential risk and spread of COVID-19. Although we have no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus, we believe the following actions are necessary to keep our staff, students and community safe and well.

Following advice from DET on 23 March, Chisholm will focus on the preparation of a more flexible mode of delivery for classes in term 2 and transition to online delivery and remote access to learning material wherever possible. Apprentices and trainees are therefore not required for on-campus for delivery from Wednesday 25 March, through until the start of Term 2 on Tuesday 14 April, as courses will not be delivered during this time. We will be in further contact to confirm your course details for term 2.

We require you to spend this time with your employer on-the-job and will provide information to support you to collect a portfolio of evidence for assessment purposes. We are committed to developing options to ensure your apprenticeship continues through to completion within the current timelines and will also liaise directly with your employer.

Chisholm will continue to communicate regularly with you via email, SMS, the Chisholm website and social media to ensure you are well informed and supported in the changing environment. I would encourage you to visit our Coronavirus page regularly for the most up-to-date information.

If you require support, please contact an Apprenticeship Support Officer (ASO). The ASOs provide free and confidential advice and assistance with work, training or personal issues. They also provide specialised support for apprentices who find themselves out of work, to keep them on track and help you complete your apprenticeship. Please phone 0423 826 745 or email aso@chisholm.edu.au

In you have any specific questions regarding your training, please contact the Chisholm Apprenticeship Hub on 1300 775 265 or email apphub@chisholm.edu.au.

Thank you for your patience and support during these challenging times. We will continue to respond as quickly as possible to the changing circumstances and update you regularly.

Regards,

Stephen Varty
Chief Executive Officer
Chisholm Institute

Update: 26 March 2020

Chisholm is actively monitoring the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure our response places the wellbeing of our students and community first.

We are closely following advice from the Department of Education and Training, and the Department of Health and Human Services, to inform our actions and ensure the safe delivery of our educational services.

To stay updated with our latest information, please continue to check our dedicated Coronavirus page

Apprentices and trainees are not required for on-campus for delivery from Wednesday 25 March, until Tuesday 14 April, the start of Term 2.We will be in contact to confirm your course details for Term 2.

If you require support, please contact an Apprenticeship Support Officer (ASO). The ASOs provide free and confidential advice and assistance with work, training or personal issues. They also provide specialised support for apprentices who find themselves out of work, to keep them on track and help you complete your apprenticeship. Please phone 0423 826 745 or email aso@chisholm.edu.au

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the Apprenticeship Hub on Tel: 1300 775 265.

How is Chisholm managing COVID-19?

Following advice and direction from the DHHS, we are undertaking a range of measures to minimise the health risks for our students and staff including:

  • implementing social distancing measures, such as staggering break times
  • postponing large student and community gatherings and events, or rearranging these to smaller events
  • encouraging good hygiene practices amongst students and staff, including washing hands regularly and increasing access to hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes
  • increasing routine cleaning activities in high traffic areas and large class / program areas that involve close contact or high-risk groups
  • providing regular information to students, staff and our business and industry partners.

Should I still enrol my new apprentice at Chisholm?

Chisholm continues to enrol and commence new apprentices. To ensure your apprentice has the greatest chance of success, it is vital that they are enrolled.

Our Apprenticeship Hub has introduced a number of new procedures to facilitate the remote enrolment of apprentices. Therefore, most apprentices will not have to actually attend a campus to complete the enrolment process.

In the event that Chisholm needs to alter delivery, enrolment will ensure apprentices continue to receive important information about how to continue their apprenticeship.

Are classes and training still on?

Apprentices and trainees are not required for on-campus for delivery from Wednesday 25 March, until Tuesday 14 April, the start of term 2. We will be in contact to confirm your course details for term 2.

Following advice from DET on 23 March, Chisholm will focus on the preparation of a more flexible mode of delivery for classes in term 2 and transition to online delivery and remote access to learning material wherever possible.

What other measures are being considered for classes?

We are, actively preparing contingencies for each course such as the preparation of a more flexible mode of delivery for classes in term 2 and transition to online delivery and remote access to learning material wherever possible.

This includes planning for the rescheduling of classes, enabling remote access to learning programs and negotiating alternative placement opportunities for students where possible.

My apprentice is unwell

The health and wellbeing of our apprentices, employers, Chisholm staff, students and our community is our priority. We must be extra vigilant during these times, as we understand your workplace will be also.

Please advise your apprentice to seek medical advice. If your apprentice is concerned about their health and requires testing for COVID-19, please let us know by emailing the details to studentsafety@chisholm.edu.au

What if testing confirms my apprentice has COVID-19?

If testing confirms that your apprentice has COVID-19, please follow all of the required medical and self-isolation advice being provided to employers and the public by the relevant government authorities.

You will also need to notify us at: studentsafety@chisholm.edu.au with the following information:

  • Name
  • Campus
  • Course or program name
  • Classes attended
  • Date/time of notification
  • Contact phone number

All student details and personal information will be subject to privacy provisions.

Chisholm will notify affected students if we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in accordance with advice from the DHHS.

Employer support

For information on the coronavirus aid package for apprentices contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

For advice about workplace entitlements and obligations if you're affected by the outbreak of coronavirus visit Fair Work  

I’m unsure about the block dates or if they’ve changed?

If you have any other queries about your apprentice or block dates, please contact:

The Apprenticeship Hub
Email: apphub@chisholm.edu.au
Tel: 1300 775 265

Additional important links and information

About COVID-19

COVID-19 frequently asked questions