To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will issue revised guidance to apprenticeship providers in respect of adjustments they can make over the summer to (a) improve ventilation in workplaces where apprenticeships are provided and (b) reduce the risks of covid-19 transmission in those premises.
5 July 2022
Comprehensive advice on how to improve ventilation is available from the UK Health and Security Agency and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The law says employers, including apprenticeship providers, must make sure there is an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of the workplace. This has not changed during the pandemic. HSE provides more information on this at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/ventilation/.
From 1 April 2022 the government has withdrawn most pieces of specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings, although public health and emergency planning guidance for education and childcare settings is still available.
If settings suspect an outbreak of respiratory infection, which could include COVID-19, they should review and reinforce the baseline infection prevention and control measures they already have in place.