Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Update: 25 March 2020

AM2 & Short Electrical Courses

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23 March, the way in which BET could continue to operate had significantly changed under these new measures, therefore the decision was taken to close the centre for Face to Face Training until further notice. This will have an impact on the Short Courses, Practical Exams and AM2 Assessments.

We have many candidates booked on Electrical Short Courses in April, May and June. At this stage, we are hoping to re-open in May, depending on Government advice. But, as many delegates will be aware, this is a rapidly changing environment and we may need to remain closed until it is operationally safe to re-open. Customers on these courses, will have the chance to move to a future course date later in the year. BET staff will contact you to discuss this further and arrange a date when practically possible.

I appreciate that this will disappoint many customers, but the safety of our staff and other customers are of the paramount importance and we feel that with the current government advice on social distancing, it would be immoral and irresponsible.

If you have any questions or require any further information during this time, please email and one of our staff members will assist you.


Apprentice classroom-based training at the centre has now stopped. However, apprentices can still contact their Training Officer and work on their OneFile portfolios during the time the centre is closed. Additionally, the tutor team is busy preparing online content to be released to you in April. We will update you when this is ready for delivery.

As many employers and apprentices will be aware, the increasing uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK has led to many apprentices and employers contacting us regarding their apprentice’s college attendance.

As per the Prime Ministers Announcement on 18 March, all schools, colleges and further education providers have been asked to close from Friday 20 March until further notice. As the apprenticeships that BET deliver are funded by Education Department they will fall under these guidelines.

Therefore, until further notice BET will be closed for apprentices to attend college as part of their apprenticeship training. This will affect the following year groups detailed below.

• 1st Year Apprentices – Block & Day Release

• 2nd Year Apprentices – Block & Day Release

• 3rd Year Apprentices – Test & Inspection Blocks

• Infill Apprentices booked to complete their 18th Edition unit from 6 April.

Along with BET apprentices being unable to attend college, until further notice BET Training Officers will no longer be visiting apprentices onsite to undertake Apprentice Reviews & Onsite Assessments. This is following Government advice not to travel unnecessarily. If employers are happy for Training Officers to attend their offices, then this will be permitted if this is a safe environment.

In lieu of attending site Training Officers will contact apprentices and arrange to undertake telephone reviews to detail their progress. They will also be the designated main contact for apprentices during this period of uncertainty. BET intend that these will take place over the phone, but are looking into the feasibility of using FaceTime & Skype, as an alternative. If they have any concerns or questions, we are advising apprentices to contact their Training Officer, whose details the apprentice should already have and can always be found on the back of their college ID card. Employers will be informed by Training Officers once their apprentices have been reviewed.

Our tutor team are currently working at haste to develop online webinar’s, teaching resources and videos for 1st and 2nd year apprentices. We hope that these will be available to be sent to apprentices to work on in their own time by early April. As soon as we have further information on this, we will communicate this to apprentices and employers.

BET would like to reassure all apprentices and employers that BET has put in place all relevant contingency plans and once further guidance is released, we will look to rearrange training when apprenticeship training providers can re-open. I appreciate the news and information detailed above will disappoint many apprentices and employers. We are in uncertain and unknown times and have not taken this decision lightly.

As the national situation is moving at a very fast pace and is often changing on a day-to-day basis, we would encourage any apprentice or employers to contact us via email using rather than using the phone line as this, at times, can be busy. This mailbox will always be monitored, and staff will be on hand to assist with this.

I would like to reassure all apprentices and employers that BET is committed to supporting and helping apprentices and employers in the difficult weeks and months ahead.

What to do if you have symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
– a high temperature
– a new continuous cough

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 service if:
– you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
– your condition gets worse
– your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help and advice online.

Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helpline

The Department for Education (DfE) has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Students can contact the helpline by telephone and email.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how is it spread?

Coronavirus is a type of virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties.
Symptoms can develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection.

The Coronavirus can be spread:
• From person to person within 2 metres of each other and possibly inhaled
• By touching a surface or object that is contaminated such as a door handle
• Touching the hand or shaking the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes

How can we prevent the spread of infection?
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away
• Wash your hands with soap and water regularly – use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

BET have installed extra hand sanitiser dispensers around the centre. Staff and students are encouraged to bring in individual hand sanitiser and tissues, so they have them at their own personal disposal as and when they need them.

Regular handwashing is a key step in helping to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. The following link provides information about thorough hand-washing:

Further advice and information can be found at the links below, please check regularly for updates:


Birmingham Electrical Training offer a wide range of electrical courses for all your training needs.


Birmingham Electrical Training offer a wide range of electrical courses for all your training needs.


Birmingham Electrical Training offer a wide range of electrical courses for all your training needs.