By Luke Voogt
Geelong’s The Gordon TAFE has shut its doors for at least three weeks with students to continue classes online for the remainder of the term.
The institute was following Victorian Government recommendations alongside TAFEs across the state, its chief executive officer Joe Ormeno explained.
“The Gordon has been working closely with the Department of Education and Training as information regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve,” he said.
“We are following current recommendations to implement student free days from Tuesday 24 March, with students expected to return to normal studies at the commencement of term two.”
Mr Ormeno said The Gordon was an essential service, so staff would continue to work to support remote learning.
With education and training moving to an online forum, The Gordon would update students on variations to the curriculum as a result of COVID-19 as they evolved, he said.
“Of highest importance is the health and safety of staff and students.”
The Gordon would continue to implement precautionary measures including good hygiene and social distancing, preventing large gatherings and cancelling or postponing non-essential events, Mr Ormeno said
“The Gordon plays a key leadership role in the region’s economic and social development,” he said.
“In the wake of the coronavirus we are confident that in collaboration with our industry partners and key stakeholders we can continue to deliver high quality learning outcomes to our students.”
On its website The Gordon advised students to continue with their placement unless requested by their host employer not to do so.
“If requested not to continue, please advise your teacher,” the institute said.
“The Gordon will not be providing training of apprentices during the student free period.”