With the recent increase in the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported, Skills for Security has drawn up the following business continuity plan in line with our Business Continuity Requirements. This is in-line with our BCP and reflects the Good Practice Guidelines from the Business Continuity Institute.
A great deal of Skills for Security’s work is around business development, employer engagement and representation at industry events which involves a lot of face to face meetings. Staff have been advised that in the course of their work they consider re-evaluating how these meetings are conducted and if alternative methods can be used, such as audio and video conferencing, and to reduce their travel commitments. Therefore, cancelling any ‘non-essential’ meetings. We also recommend avoiding direct contact (handshaking), whilst taking on board information provided by Public Health England and gov.uk on the correct hygiene procedures. This advice has been circulated to all staff who work in both our offices and remotely. We have also advised staff, where applicable, to reduce reliance on public transport and avoid meetings in public areas if viable.
As a business, we operate on a cloud-based ERP system and we have a robust digital communications system in place.
What does this mean for apprentices:
We are following government guidance and recommend that apprentices should continue to attend as normal. However, if this is not in line with your own companies’ guidance. Skills for Security will guarantee no student is disadvantaged by this situation.
All learning material will be made available via our OneFile system, where students will be expected to work through the PowerPoint, notes, questions, and answers. This will be monitored and recorded as part of their learning and will not affect their end date.
If an apprentice was to not participate in this mode of learning, then this could delay their progress.
In the event of the UK government announcement regarding a full lockdown, Skills for Security staff will be instructed to cancel all face to face meetings and attendance at events and to work and conduct business remotely.
Skills for Security believes that given its IT cloud-based operating model and the plans in place that in the event of a full pandemic we could still operate on a ‘partial business as usual basis’ and the goal would be for staff to be fully operational remotely.
As the situation evolves, we will keep our employers and learners up to date with regular bulletins if a full pandemic is confirmed.
During a full lockdown Skills for Security will communicate what our BCP plan is via email to employers and learners and post a notice on our website with a full list of email and mobile phone contact details for the Skills for Security team members.
What does this mean for apprentices
Apprentices would not attend centre until told otherwise. Our fully qualified tutors will deliver a variety of engaging remote learning activities that our apprentices would be expected to participate in. These remote activities will follow the apprenticeship curriculum programme of learning that your apprentices would have had whilst in centre – minus the practical activity. Our aim is to ensure no student is disadvantaged by this situation.
Apprentices will require to have full access to Laptop, iPad or Tablet – it would be appreciated if an apprentice does not have access to one of the above, that access is given by their employer.
If an apprentice was not to participate in this mode of learning, then this could delay their progress.
In order to prepare for this in advance, we will be in contact with all apprentices to ensure they have the relevant software to participate.
Skills for Security Limited
Skills for Security Staff Contact details
Senior Management team
David Scott (Managing Director)
07540 902 257
Cat Heaton (Quality Manager)
01905 744 000
Sadie Done (Training Manager)
01905 744 000
Ian Stringer (Learning Skills Coach)
Andy Proudfoot (Learning Skills Coach)
Chris Stewart (Training Officer)