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Safety First at TLF

Welcome to The Learning Foundry - TLF! We're excited to help you to achieve your full potential! Whilst we always plan on making our programmes engaging, this year will be a little bit different due to Covid-19. 

Our number one aim is to keep all learners, colleagues and others safe. We understand that you may be anxious coming to campus and our aim is to support you in every way that we can!

Please see our guidance about coming to campus below and please respect and follow this guidance as a priority!

We look forward to meeting you soon and making your talent shine!🌟

Jo Abraham

Managing Director
The Learning Foundry

COVID-19 updates for January and February 2021

From 5th January 2021, England is under national lockdown restrictions. The government has now confirmed that schools, colleges and Further Education Training providers should move to online learning until February half term (currently ending on Friday 19th February 2021 but will be reviewed). Following this instruction, The Learning Foundry will now deliver teaching remotely to the vast majority of students. Students should not come into campus but must access their classes online as per their timetable. 

Vulnerable Students and Children of Key Workers

For vulnerable students and children of key workers only, the campus will be open where required, as per government guidance. If this guidance relates to you or your child and you would like to book into campus, please contact Linda Reid our employability co-ordinator at Linda.Reid@thelearningfoundry.co.uk and arrangements will be made.

Students with Scheduled Exams

Some students have exams scheduled this month and we expect these to take place as planned. We will issue a separate communication shortly to confirm the arrangements.   

As always, we are continuing to monitor government guidance as the situation evolves and will continue to update our website and social media channels with any changes. If you have any questions, please explore the Frequently Asked Questions below. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require any support – we’re here to help and will do everything possible to support all of our students and make their talent shine. 

Is the campus still open?

Following recent government announcements, the campus is currently closed and learning is taking place online for the majority of students.

For vulnerable students and children of key workers only, the campus will be open where required, as per government guidance. If this guidance relates to you or your child and you would like to book into campus, please contact Linda Reid our employability co-ordinator at Linda.Reid@thelearningfoundry.co.uk and arrangements will be made.

What safety measures are in place at the campus?

The Learning Foundry is committed to keeping you safe, following all government guidance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and taking additional measures to keep students and staff safe. More information can be found on our safety measures further down this page.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, you must wear a face covering in all communal areas while you are at campus, unless you are exempt. You can remove your face covering while you are in your classroom as long as you continue to socially distance.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 and I am due in campus?

If you test positive, you must follow the rules and self-isolate. You should report your absence in the usual way and report any positive test results. If you test positive within 48 hours of your last campus attendance it is important we know this so we can report it to Public Health England, Department for Education and take any steps required to keep people safe.

Can I still apply?

Yes! Our programmes are still running. Whilst they may now look a little different and will be delivered online, we promise we will still make them fun, engaging and provide you with the best opportunities. If you don’t have a laptop please don’t worry, we will support you to ensure you have everything you need to still have an excellent learning experience.

You can apply for our upcoming courses using the following links:

Youthquake starting on 18th January 2021

Liverpool Future Communities starting on 25th January 2021

Free Adult Learning Courses starting throughout January 2021

I've already applied, what will happen with my application?

If you’ve already applied for one of our programmes, please be assured that our courses are still running and your course offer still stands. Our Youthquake Traineeship programme will now start on Monday 18th January 2021 instead of Monday 11th January 2021. We will be in touch with everyone who has been offered a place w/c 4th January 2021 to confirm your new start date/time.

If you’re still waiting to hear back from us, we’re still processing applications daily and will be calling / writing to you shortly to confirm your place at The Learning Foundry.

Will assessors still conduct visits to employers' sites for apprentices?

Yes, as long as the employer has completed the risk assessment and the workplace is open and safe to visit, all apprentice employer visit sites will take place as planned. If there are any changes to your situation please contact your assessor as soon as possible.

Is it still possible to secure an apprenticeship this year?

Yes! New apprenticeship sign-ups are still continuing. If you are an employer wanting to recruit to a vacancy you have, or you need your apprentice to start straight away, we can arrange sign-ups via virtual meeting to speed things up.  If you have any queries, please contact us on 0300 123 8088 or at workforce@thelearningfoundry.co.uk

If you are an individual looking for an apprenticeship please contact our workforce development team via the information above and they will be able to support you.

I have another query, who should I contact?

From 4th January 2021 the team are available via:

What are we doing to keep you safe?

Our number one aim is to keep all learners, colleagues and others safe. Find out more below about the changes we've been made to keep you safe and make your talent shine!

Arrival on Campus

What do I Need to Know About Arriving at The Learning Foundry Campus?

Please attend the TLF campus on time for your class. Your welcome email will provide details of class days and start/finish times and which room you will be in.

The risk assessment for The Learning Foundry can be found here >

It is important you arrive on time, but please do not arrive too early as we are trying to reduce the length of time you need to be on campus, other than attending class.  For safety reasons we will also be asking that you leave the campus when your class finishes to ensure the room can be thoroughly cleaned for the next day.

The TLF campus is situated in the Watson Building, located on Renshaw Street, Liverpool L1 2SA. On arrival, enter via the main entrance into the Watson Building reception. There are a couple of steps leading from reception up to the campus, a lift is also available and should be accessed by one person at a time. The TLF campus entrance door is to your right and is clearly signed as The Learning Foundry.

A wall mounted buzzer is located to the right of the double entrance doors to press for access. Here are some dos and don’ts upon arrival to ensure we keep each other safe.


  • Use the sanitising dispenser before entering, also located on the wall, before activating the buzzer. 
  • Form an orderly queue with 2-metre minimum space between each person if others are waiting to enter the campus.
  • Wear a face covering whilst at the campus, except when eating or drinking


  • Stand too close to others.
  • Sign in at the main reception at the Watson Building. We will sign you in when you get to your class.

Travel To Campus

What do I Need to Know About Travelling to Campus?

Where possible, you should travel to the campus by car, on foot or by bicycle, avoiding the use of public transport. If you need to use public transport, please consider the Government advice in relation to travel which includes:

  • to make contactless payments where possible
  • to start or end your journey at a quieter stop or station
  • to walk some of the journey if it helps to avoid greater numbers of passengers
  • to maintain social distancing as much as possible, face away from other people, avoid physical contact and wait for passengers to get off before you board
  • to be aware of touching surfaces, avoid touching your face
  • avoid consuming food and drink in public transport, where possible
  • wear a face covering.  It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and after taking them off

New Measures in Place

What are the Newly Introduced Safety Measures at The Learning Foundry?

  • The campus has been rearranged to promote social distancing.  Directional floor markings and signage will provide instruction on how you move throughout the campus.
  • Hand washing facilities and sanitising stations will be clearly indicated. 

  • Lockers are available for you to store your personal belongings. Please sanitise lockers before and after using the sanitising wipes provided. We also have an enhanced cleaning schedule in place which will ensure that key touchpoints such as these are thoroughly cleaned each night. Your tutor will speak to you upon arrival regarding locker arrangements.

  • Toilets are located in the corridor area outside of the TLF campus. Follow the guidance note on the door to ensure only the permitted number of people enter the facilities at any one time, wait outside or return if the toilets are in use. Please report any issues to your tutor. 

  • On the first day of your programme you will be issued with a stationary pack. Please keep it with you at all times and store in your locker at the end of each day.

  • Breakfast - a packed lunch and bottled water will be provided each day on campus. A water dispenser is in use for you to refill your water bottle when required. You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch to campus if you wish. The kitchen area is currently closed, however our breakout area remains open, there will be less students in the area and available seating is clearly marked so you can enjoy your lunch, spending time with your peers at a safe distance.

Other Safety Measures

What Other Steps are The Learning Foundry Taking to Keep Me Safe on Campus? 

  • Keeping class sizes small to allow 2 metre social distancing
  • Operating an enhanced cleaning schedule
  • Issuing you with an ID pass on the first day of your programme which will give you immediate access to the campus for the duration of your programme
  • Limiting the numbers of learners on campus each day
  • Only having essential staff on site
  • Not allowing external visitors into our campus
  • Increasing campus safety checks from our qualified Health and Safety team
  • Following government guidance at all times
  • Having a separate room set aside so if anyone becomes unwell whilst on campus they can be quarantined until arrangements are made to get them home safely


Is Attendance Important and Is There Anything Else I need to Know?

Getting you ready for the world of work is our priority and therefore attendance and punctuality is really important. But please do not attend the campus if:

  • You have symptoms of coronavirus. Follow the Government guidance on self-isolation and arrange for a test as soon as possible
  • A family member has symptoms or a confirmed case of coronavirus. Follow the Government guidance on household quarantine
  • You are contacted by the Test and Trace programme because you have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus. Follow the government guidance on self-isolation. You do not need to arrange a test unless you develop symptoms.  If someone in your household has been told to isolate by the Test and Trace service but they are NOT symptomatic you DO NOT need to isolate, and you CAN attend the campus.  If the family member develops symptoms, then the whole household must isolate and the symptomatic person must arrange for a test, DO NOT attend the campus in this instance


Having read all of the above you will see that campus life will be different this year. Whilst taking safety and wellbeing seriously we still promise to deliver a high quality and unique TLF learning experience!

Face Coverings

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, you must wear a face covering in all communal areas while you are at campus, unless you are exempt. You can remove your face covering while you are in your classroom as long as you continue to socially distance.


  • Campus Safety 

    To find out more about what it will be like to move around the campus at the Watson Building just watch this short video.
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We're Here to Help

If you have any questions, worries or concerns at any time please inform your course tutor straight away, or the duty manager who will be on site at the campus. Alternatively, you can contact Linda Reid, our Traineeship manager, anytime on 07971 316758. 

Please give us a call if you have any questions before the start of your programme. From all of us at TLF, we look forward to seeing you soon and making your talent shine!