Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Employers and Businesses
Webinars and Training
This page will be regularly updated with information on webinars taking place to help businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, including digital skills training, as well as information on apprenticeships.
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Training and guidance
The Skills Toolkit
A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home has been launched by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
Free courses are available through a new online platform called The Skills Toolkit. The new platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
Updated with information on training and assessing apprentices in line with the Government’s new safer working guidelines, calculating wages for furloughed apprentices, off-the-job training, and redundant apprentices – click here to view.
Breaks in Apprenticeship service for employers
The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published a video that shows employers how to use pause & stop in the apprenticeship service to record a break in learning.
This video takes employers through the new measures relating to breaks in learning that were recently detailed in the apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19 document. The Agency also describes why they might want to pause or stop an apprentice record in the apprenticeship service, and how to do it.
It also explains the steps that training providers have to take to record apprentice “breaks in learning” through the Individualised Learner Record, or ILR.
BT Skills for Tomorrow aims to give people the skills they need to flourish in the digital world. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, having these skills is more important than ever.
Large numbers of people are self-isolating or are confined to their homes. It is vital that people with low or no digital skills can keep in touch with family and friends and access health services. The spread of the coronavirus presents significant challenges to small businesses. Families with children at home from school need to get the best out of technology to help their children to learn and play. And many people need support as they work from home for the first time.
Working in partnership with leading digital skills organisations, BT Skills for Tomorrow has free resources and information to help people with each of these challenges.
The COVID-19 crisis has presented many challenges for small businesses and charities, particularly in building digital capability. In response, Digital Boost has been created to provide much-needed digital support for small businesses and charities.
The platform will host a community of digital experts, who will offer one-to-one digital support to small businesses and charities free of charge to help them improve their digital capability to grow and prosper.
The platform is owned by Founders4Schools and was built in partnership with BCG Digital Ventures. SELEP’s Digital Skills Partnership and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are supporting the platform.
Digital Skills Partnership: online support, guidance and training
The South East Digital Skills Partnership is compiling information and guidance on ways in which its extensive network of digital partners are helping education, businesses and residents to respond to the current situation. This includes information on:
The Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly round-up of apprenticeship information and news for businesses is available here.
Free courses: OpenLearn from The Open University
Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. The Open University offers nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas, and are available to start right away.
Discover a range of free learning content designed to help grow your business or jump-start your career. You can learn by selecting individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end.
Government support package for universities and students
The Government has announced a range of measures to protect students and the higher education sector from the impact of coronavirus. Click here for more information.
Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities
Follow the link below for information on key workers published by the Department for Education. The guidance sets out those whose work is critical to the coronavirus response and keeping crucial public services going. Employers need to be responsible about who needs to be in the office and we encourage them to help their staff find alternative arrangements to support them working from home.
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) COVID-19 SME Guidance
NCSC has today published guidance to support businesses moving from physical to digital delivery as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response. The guidance (click here) has been created specifically to support businesses who are relying more heavily on IT services to run their business.
The NCSC is committed to equipping all UK businesses with the best cyber security advice. The support package includes guidance on home working, video teleconferencing and spotting email scams related to Covid-19. All additional and pre-existing guidance for business can be found on the NCSC webpage.
New technology challenge to support people who are isolating
£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus. Funding of up to £25,000 per company is available. For more information on the programme and how to apply, visit techforce19.uk.
Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak
Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations has been updated with information on which apprentices should be prioritised in the offer of face-to-face training from 15 June, and details of the flexibility that enables apprentices to take end-point assessment ahead of receiving their calculated functional skills qualification results. Click here to view.
The Apprenticeship Programme response to COVID-19
This guidance provides information on:
applying the policy on breaks in learning;
delays to end-point assessment (EPA); and
alternative arrangements for EPA and external quality assurance.