April 17, 2020
COVID-19: Our Statement to businesses and communities
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 Officer; Penny Guard on 07917619034 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, we urge everyone to stay safe, and work together to support the vulnerable people and businesses in our communities. Together, we can get through this.
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 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Alternatively please speak to your Trainer/Skills Coach directly and they will be more than happy to support.