Following the previous updates provided by Dave Marsh, Chief Executive of Babington, on 12th March and my subsequent update on the 19th March we are providing you with a further update as to ongoing progress to our contingency plans. Following the announcements made by the Prime Minister on 23rd March 2020 for employers to adopt a work from home approach, combined with our commitment to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and learners remain priority we have successfully transitioned to a new way of working, ensuring that we as an organisation contribute to supporting the NHS and saving lives.
During the last week, we have transitioned much of our training and delivery to be conducted remotely and where possible we have continued to provide visits to employers that require face to face visits in order for delivery to continue with as minimal disruption as possible.
As we continue to adapt to the ever-changing landscape and advice from the Secretary of State our contingency plans have identified, along with many of the employers that we work with, that furloughing staff at this time is a sensible approach for us to make in a number of cases. We want to reassure you though that we are maintaining business as usual wherever possible. This may mean that your learner(s) will be supported by an alternative sector expert trainer or assessor for the forthcoming period. This will allow us to continue to monitor and assess learning that is taking place and ensure that all of our learners can continue to work towards their apprenticeships and qualifications.
We have also received confirmation from the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the ESFA, that where learners themselves have been furloughed we can continue to support them during their time away from work and ensure that they continue to work towards their off the job hours to ensure that their learning is not adversely affected during this time. This is such exciting news as it means that we cannot only continue to support the learners during this difficult and uncertain time but that we can really use this time to develop them further so they maybe even more productive when they return to their businesses.
The delivery staff at Babington will continue to contact, support and provide the remote training as previously communicated to all learners and employers. Where you have made a learner redundant, we would be grateful if you could let the assessor know, at the next available opportunity, so that we can identify any additional support measures to be put in place on a case by case basis and hopefully allow that individual to continue their learning, as per the funding rules.
We continue to monitor and adapt our approach in line with the latest government advice and as many of us now find ourselves working in a new way we will continue to keep you informed with further updates as and when we have them.
Finally, we would like to thank you all again for your continued support during this time.
Jen Bramley Executive Director – Customer Engagement