COVID-19 Bulletin #1
31 March 2020
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This is the first of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy on COVID-19. This covers the period 23/03/2020 – 29/03/2020.
The week in COVID-19
National movement restrictions have been tightened with most people now largely confined to their homes.
The NHS are to establish a network of ‘nightingale’ temporary hospitals to deal with the crisis.
Parliament began a month-long recess.
Boris Johnson, Matthew Handcock and other key members of the government have tested positive for COVID-19.
All schools and colleges have closed, except for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.
GCSE and A levels have been cancelled. Ofqual will make details of alternative arrangements available by Easter.
School performance tables are cancelled for the year.
All universities have ceased face to face teaching.
Universities are still developing alternative examination processes for this year.
The government confirmed that apprenticeship funding would continue and published guidance for employers, providers and assessors.
The government has published
guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme The government announced a new coronavirus compensation scheme for self-employed workers.
Unemployment numbers have begun to rise and the number of job adverts has been in rapid decline.
Insights from student employers
Firms are investigating and investing in new technologies to help them to run their recruitment processes online.
The shift to digital raises issues about those candidates who do not have access to good digital technologies or who have impairments that stop them using it.
Internships and summer placements are being cancelled by most employers, but some are offering compensation (e.g. one weeks pay) and running online experiences (e.g. virtual mentoring).
Most firms have not made final plans about their graduate and apprentice numbers for the autumn. Some are flagging risk that they may have to reduce numbers.