In light of the emerging situation regarding the Covid-19 epidemic and the advice issued yesterday by the Prime Minister, here are the steps the ECITB is taking to maintain our services during this period.
We continue to provide all ECITB business operations and you should not notice any difference in the level of service we provide. That includes telephone services and access to the Membership Services Portal.
ECITB staff have been instructed to avoid all face to face meetings, unless they are absolutely essential. As of today, all ECITB regional forums, events and group meetings will either be held remotely, via telephone/video conferencing, or will be postponed. If you are signed up to attend an event, you will be informed of the alternative arrangements very soon.
We are mindful of the impact the Coronavirus is having on training and we are therefore considering ways in which to help employers and providers complete training. As of today, we are actively encouraging in-scope employers to consider online training options for their staff. Employers can apply for ECITB grant support towards online training through the Membership Services Portal or by speaking to their account manager.
In addition, as a temporary measure, we are reducing registration fees for e-learning with ECITB Approved Providers by 50% with effect from 1st April.
The Awarding Organisation will be contacting all Approved Centres to outline its requirements and external quality assurance during this period.
The ECITB Board will be considering further measures to support employers and training providers and we will announce these in due course.
CEO – ECITB