This month, following a period of distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students and apprentices have returned to the classroom, studying in protective vocational bubbles. Both tutors and students were pleased to be back and raring to get teaching/ learning in their creative disciplines.
Vocational courses and apprenticeships, which are offered at Buxton & Leek College provide students with ‘hands on’ experience in the classroom and industry to support their kinesthetic learning. A number of industry standard facilities are available at the College for professional practice, including: commercial kitchens, a fine dining restaurant, hair & beauty salons, motor vehicle and welding workshops, an art & design studio and engineering and carpentry workshops. Currently, due to the pandemic the fine dining restaurant and the salon are closed to the public.
The College has taken a series of COVID-secure measure to make sure it’s safe for students to return to the classroom, including one-way systems, hand sanitising stations and new socially distanced public spaces across the campuses.