This page is dedicated to providing GBS Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates to clients and learners. The page will be regularly updated with important government, local authority and GBS updates regarding Covid-19 and the impact on our business. We urge you to regularly visit this page to keep up to date with our updates during this challenging period.

If you need additional support, please contact us and we will do our utmost to help you during this difficult time. For safeguarding concerns, please contact our Safeguarding & Communications Manager Kirsty Mackell on 01246 925923 or

In the meantime, we urge everyone to stay safe, and work together to support the vulnerable people and businesses in our communities.

Covid-19 Updates

COVID-19 Training Provision Arrangements from the 15th of December 2021

The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

Following the Government’s recent announcements, we advise anyone coming into the academy to wear a face-covering (unless they are exempt) when moving around the premises, outside the training rooms, such as corridors and communal areas. People in these settings are recommended to wear a face-covering when travelling on public transport to and from the academy.

For more information and the latest government guidance visit:

Should you have any questions, safeguarding queries or wish to speak to the team, please contact the office on 01246 925923 or

COVID-19 Training Provision Arrangements from the 15th of June 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, it was confirmed that the country will not be proceeding with Step 4 as he wishes to give time for the vaccination programme to protect people from the virus in light of the new variant.   Our current protective measures will continue until there is a further announcement on Step 4 of the roadmap.

COVID-19 Training Provision Arrangements from the 23rd of February 2021

Further to the Government announcement on 22 February 2021, as of 8 March our Academy will be fully re-opened for learners that wish to return to face to face learning. Our Academy has been through a thorough Covid-19 risk assessment and a number of safety measures have been implemented to keep learners and GBS employees safe in the office. The opportunity to return to face to face delivery will be discussed with individual learners and their trainers prior to the 8th March. If you require any further guidance and support please call 01246 925923.

COVID-19 Training Provision Arrangements from the 4th of January 2021

Following the Government’s recent announcement regarding changes to re-opening plans for schools, colleges and apprenticeship training providers, I wish to inform you of our plans.

Those students/apprentices already receiving online learning provision will continue to do so and will only receive face to face visits pending the lifting of regional and national restrictions.

Those students previously receiving onsite provision in group workshops will attend online webinar sessions at the original agreed times, and receive ongoing support on a one to one basis from their dedicated Skills Coaches until site workshops are permitted based on local restrictions. The GBS team will be in contact with students, apprentices and employers to advise them of lessons and plans. For the foreseeable future, all lessons will be delivered online/remotely unless special arrangements are required for vulnerable students, those with higher needs and for students/apprentices sitting exams. We would like to remind students/apprentices that despite the change in delivery method, we expect the same level of commitment for your programme, including attendance of all online live sessions, completion of work due by deadlines and regular communication with your skills coach. Should you be unable to attend any of your sessions please ensure you are communicating this with your Trainer and Skills Coach.

If you are a student with an EHCP, disability or learning difficulty, or other vulnerability, and wish to attend the Chesterfield site, you should contact your Trainer/Skills Coach and they will guide you through the support options available, including the continuation of face-to-face on-site delivery. Students/apprentices with any urgent concerns should contact their Trainer or Skills Coach or email the GBS team at

Further updates and information, including our plans for exams will be communicated on an ongoing basis, in line with national and regional restrictions. Our first priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of every one of our students and GBS community, therefore, thank you for your continued support as we adapt our arrangements to accommodate the changes.

Steven Guard (CEO, GBS Apprenticeships)

26th November 2020

Following the announcement by the government today, our academy in Chesterfield will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions. We will continue to operate with a reduced number of staff members in the office in line with government guidance, and ask that no visitors attend without specific instructions to do so.

For more information about the restrictions in specific Tiers and the latest government guidance, visit:

Should you have any questions, safeguarding queries or wish to speak to the team, please contact the office on 01246 925923 or

2nd November 2020

In light of the government announcement on 31st October, we would like to notify all our learners and employers that we are continuing to deliver training as per the current guidelines. Despite the nationwide lockdown, we are a place of education and therefore our office facilities will remain open and we’ll be operating with a reduced number of staff. However, we do ask that no visitors attend the office unless specifically instructed to do so. Should there be any changes to delivery of training your Skills Coach or GBS Representative will be in contact with you directly.

Should you have any questions, safeguarding queries or wish to speak to the team, please contact the office on 01246 925923 or

21st October 2020

As of today, Tier 2 restrictions are in place for Derbyshire residents and businesses, including our Academy in Chesterfield. As a place of education and in-keeping with the rules in place, we are continuing to operate out of our Academy in the market hall. Unless you are contacted directly by your Skills Coach or GBS representative, the delivery of your course will remain the same. If you have any questions or queries, please contact the office on 01246 925923 or

23rd September 2020

Following the announcements made by the government this week, we are now operating at reduced staff numbers and continuing with strict social distancing measures. Classroom delivery will remain onsite at our Chesterfield Academy, where we are continuing to operate the Test and Trace system. All visitors are expected to submit accurate details, and to comply with the wearing of PPE and use of our hand sanitiser dispensers situated throughout the Academy and in every room. If you have any queries about our measures, please contact the office using the details above.

21st September 2020

We would like to reiterate to learners, employers and visitors to the academy that we are continuing to operate a track and trace procedure, whereby personal details are taken upon entry to the academy. All information is kept in line with GDPR, and will be destroyed safely after 21 days. No information is used for marketing purposes. If you are visiting our academy, and want to know more about the track and trace scheme, contact us ahead of your visit on the contact details above.

14th September 2020

Today the number of people legally allowed to gather has been reduced from 30 to six across the UK. We would like to reassure all visitors, learners and employers that we are continuing to operate at reduced capacity for the foreseeable future. Social distancing measures for the academy remain in place, alongside the provision of PPE including masks, visors and gloves for those attending the academy. For any questions or queries, please contact the office on the contact details above.

18th August 2020

Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been published on the website. We are continuing to support our learners throughout lockdown, and our Safeguarding Officer is available at all times for support.

16th July 2020

We are operating a track and trace procedure, whereby we ask all visitors, staff and employers to provide their personal details upon arrival. These details will be stored securely for a total of 21 days, at which point all personal details will be destroyed in keeping with government advice. For any questions or queries about how your data is secured safely, please contact the office on the contact details listed above.

15th June 2020

In line with government guidance, we have now re-opened our offices in Chesterfield, and the delivery of apprenticeship programmes will resume on the 13th July. We have now performed a risk assessment, and in turn implemented the following measures to ensure the safety of staff and learners,which must be adhered to at all times:

Appointments – All meetings are by appointment only. If you wish to visit the academy, please contact one of the team in advance to do so on 01246 925923.

Hand sanitiser – Upon arrival, you will be required to sign in and use the available hand sanitiser placed throughout the building, to be used alongside regular hand-washing.

Social distancing – there are clear markings on the floor throughout the building to ensure the 2 metre distance rule is applied at all times.

Please contact the office if you have any questions or queries on 01246 925923 or

20 May 2020

Following government guidance, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure all staff and visitors are adhering to social distancing measures ahead of opening our Academy. We have now introduced the following measures, which we ask all staff and visitors to kindly follow to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19:

Social distancing – there are markings on the carpet to indicate 2m metre distance throughout the building

Hand sanitiser – available at the entrance to the academy, as well as every desk. Please ensure you are using these regularly alongside hand-washing

Reduced opening hours – we are now operating at reduced hours within the office, however the team are fully operational whilst still working from home, and available throughout the usual working week times.

Limited the amount of people in the Academy at any one time – we require any visitors to contact us in advance to arrange a visit. To make an appointment, please complete our form and one of our advisors will be in touch

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01246 925923 or

18 May 2020

The UK has now added loss of taste and smell (also known as ansomia) to the official list of potential Coronavirus symptoms. If you believe yourself or any members of your family have symptoms of Coronavirus, the advice to stay at home for 7 days to minimise the risk of transmission to others. You can find more information about the symptoms of Coronavirus on the NHS Website.

12 May 2020

The Chancellor has today announced an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, until the end of October. For more information about the scheme and how to apply, please see the GOV.UK website.

11 May 2020

Following the announcement from the government yesterday, our offices remain closed. The welfare and wellbeing of our apprentices and staff is a priority, particularly during this time, and we will continue to deliver all training remotely whilst continuing to work from home. If you have any queries please call us on 01246 925923.

Upon reviewing our safeguarding policy, we have decided that it is to remain unchanged at present, however this will be subject to further review on an ongoing basis. We have introduced more frequent welfare meetings with apprentices and safeguarding briefings for staff, who will continue to report any concerns in the usual way. Our safeguarding policy can be viewed here, and you can contact our designated safeguarding link on or 07917619034, should you have any concerns.  We have also introduced a Health and Wellbeing Newsletter to support our apprentices, which includes information on working safely from home and some simple steps you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

17 April 2020

The Chancellor has announced today that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended by one month, to reflect the advice on social distancing.

This means that employers can now claim 80% of up to £2,500 per month in wages for employees. We recommend you contact your employer for information specific to your business and role, but for more information see the GOV.UK website.

16 April 2020

In accordance with the government update today, we are continuing with the closure of our offices in Chesterfield. Many of our team members are continuing to work from home to support our learners and employers with their training needs. If you do have any queries, please contact us at

15 April 2020

The government have now updated details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. If you were on your employer’s PAYE payroll before or on 19 March 2020 your employer will be eligible to apply for furlough (this was previously 28th February 2020).

You can find more details on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the GOV.UK website.

04 April 2020

The ESFA have now confirmed that furloughed apprentices are able to complete their apprenticeship, despite no longer working. The delivery of high-quality apprenticeships will be vital to businesses in the recovery stage, and we are working with all of our employers and learners to ensure that there is minimal impact to their learning.

For more information on apprenticeships during the pandemic, see the GOV.UK website.

23 March 2020

Following guidance from the government we have taken the decision to temporarily close the office from today, with all staff working from home. We are taking these necessary steps to reduce the risk of transmission between staff, learners and employers, and ensure we all stay safe during this period of uncertainty.

All programmes will now be delivered remotely and we are working together with all of our employers to ensure minimal disruption to our learners.

Our teams are working directly with the relevant employers and learners, however for any urgent queries, please contact us on

19 March 2020

Most people aren’t accustomed to the concept of remote working. To support our staff, employers and learners during this time, we have developed some tips and tricks for working from home effectively:

  • Set your alarm at the usual time to start the day as normally as possible.
  • Take a brief morning walk
  • Set up your working environment as close to an office desk as possible
  • Play the radio for background noise, other voices around you
  • Take regular breaks away from screens and keep dehydrated – this includes lunch breaks!

Find out more about these tips and tricks, or share your very own on our LinkedIn page.

18 March 2020

Given recent developments and announcements by the government, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure our staff and learners are kept as safe as possible during the Covid-19 outbreak. We are in a fortunate enough position to adopt a working from home policy for our staff, with the infrastructure and resources to support our clients and apprentices with minimal disruption to planned activity. Therefore, where possible, we have changed our delivery method to online learning to ensure there are no disruptions to our apprentices learning.

These changes have been communicated to all stakeholders, however if you are a learner or an employer and require information about future workshop sessions, please contact the office on 01246 925923 or email Alternatively please speak to your Trainer/Skills Coach directly and they will be more than happy to support