Responding to a call for support from our local health providers, Nottingham College has collected thousands of items of PPE from across college campuses to donate to NHS frontline workers.
The College has a whole range of protective equipment and resources in stock to ensure students can learn and train safely, and with industry standard protective clothing. Whether a student is studying vehicle maintenance, animal care, access to nursing, hair and beauty or catering, all must wear some form of protective clothing.
The College, in having closed its doors to classroom-based teaching two weeks ago, has stocks of equipment that can be better used by health care professionals in need.
Our automotive centre, construction centre, science, catering and hair and beauty tutors have all donated hundreds of pairs of gloves between them. Our construction and engineering centres have donated masks too and our centre for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities has donated aprons. Our state-of-the-art engineering centre at our Highfields campus has donated masks and a much needed face fit test kit which enables care givers to have the mask fitted to their face to ensure maximum protection.
The College’s estates team spent last week collecting all resources and today (Monday 6th April) all donated goods will be collected by our local NHS teams.
Nottingham College Chief Executive John van de Laarschot said:
“Since this crisis began it has been so humbling to see such generosity and community spirit shine through from individuals and businesses across Nottingham who have come together to do what they can to support our NHS, other front line workers and those who are in need. At Nottingham College we were keen to do our bit and have worked with local health teams to understand what their needs are and what specification their PPE needs to conform to. Luckily, we’ve been able to utilise resources that would have been used by our students and tutors, to ensure they can be put to good use by those who need them right now.
We’re proud to have played our small part in supporting our care givers and frontline workers and are continuing to look at other options to continue our support. We’re currently reviewing how we best deploy our 3D printers at our engineering centre and how our staff can support in other ways too.”
Nottingham College teachers have all moved to online and distance teaching to thousands of students across Nottingham and beyond. It has been a monumental shift for teachers and students alike as teachers are not only having to navigate new technology and resources to enable effective online teaching and learning, but also having to get to grips with new guidance and procedures around grading students who will not be sitting subject or course exams this year. This is a hugely stressful and difficult time for students and teachers encourage students to stay in touch with them, using the online tools available, so that they can continue to access support, even during the Easter break.