COVID-19 Information for Ireland

Information for Ireland based Training Providers

 

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is a fast-paced and fluid situation affecting countries across the world at different rates. iTEC (as part of VTCT) is a multi-national organisation and works with education providers, employers and governments across 52 countries, and is closely monitoring the global situation, putting in place our own measures to support our employees, centres and stakeholders.

Following the announcement last week by An Taoiseach, Dr. Leo Varadkar the Irish government has announced a number of social distancing measures including the closure of schools, colleges, cultural centres, pubs, restaurants and other leisure facilities. iTEC is also issuing guidance to our approved centres in Ireland.

iTEC and VTCT are fully compliant with the ‘Delay Phase and Mitigation’ measures introduced by the Irish government, as part of social responsibility obligations to the community.

In line with that, we recommend that beauty education and training providers consider temporarily suspending all beauty, complementary therapy, sport and fitness, hairdressing and barbering services and human to human contact services, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

iTEC is unable to provide advice on circumstances where it would be safe for staff, clients, students or members of the public to provide or receive the vast majority of hair, beauty, wellbeing and sports treatments or services, in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The decision to temporarily cease the provision of treatments and services in educational settings outside of the public sector is currently a decision for individual centre owners and managers in consideration of government advice.  As representatives of the beauty and wellbeing sector, we are asking that you do the right thing, consider your social responsibility to the community and consult with your clients and stakeholders on the timing of cessation of services under social distancing measures.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) formally describes COVID-19 as a pandemic, advising all countries to act early to be effective. The virus is all over the world and now in our local communities, but it can be slowed. It is important for businesses and the public to take a sensible and responsible approach.

The current social distancing measures are in place until 29th March, at which point they will be reviewed by the Irish government. Going forward in consideration of the next 14 weeks, iTEC and VTCT have made contingency arrangements based on national health guidelines.

All iTEC practical examinations scheduled to take place on or before 24th April 2020 have been postponed. Rescheduling of these exams will be open to make booking arrangements from the 1st April onwards, where a range of summer contingency options will be available. All ITEC centres outside the public education system in Ireland will be contacted directly to ensure that alternative arrangements for both practical and theory exams are practicable and appropriate.

In public sector education, all exams scheduled to take place from 25th April to 31st May 2020 will be rescheduled during the months of June and October 2020. IiTEC and VTCT are aware that high-stakes state examinations will take precedence and we will work with schools and colleges to ensure maximum flexibility and extraordinary timetabling arrangements.

Thank you for your understanding, commitment and support during these unprecedented times, where our focus must be on preserving public health and wellbeing, whilst retaining capability to provide effective support to centres.

For further information and support, please contact:

– General enquiries: iTEC and VTCT Ireland Office – 049 3891240
– iTEC Practical Exam Bookings: Kate Morris, Quality Administrator (Bookings) bookings@itecworld.co.uk
– ITEC Theory Exams: Ian Manaton, Assessment Co-ordinator exams@itecworld.co.uk