07 Apr 2020
There is no doubt that Covid-19 has (and continues), to have a huge impact on businesses, the true extent of which I fear we won’t understand for many months to come.
We’re hearing daily from our business community of unexpected implications, requests and actions. I have to say, some of these are truly inspirational and highlight the lengths to which our business community will go, to ensure that critical services are supported during this unprecedented time, even when they themselves face an uncertain future.
With changing work patterns, remote working and disruptions to ‘business as usual’ for many, we’ve seen a fourfold increase in requests for distance learning to enable employers to support their employees.
In response, the college has moved its entire provision online and has mobilised a suite of fully funded online courses. These include:
If your business is in the health and social care sector, your new volunteers/employees can choose from a range of courses such as volunteering, infection control, cleaning principals, customer service, through to dignity, safeguarding, prevent and safe handling of medication.
Interestingly, with social distancing and remote working, many businesses have also turned to us to help support employees with training around fitness, nutrition and exercise, wellbeing and mental health.
Once enrolled, your employees will be assigned a personal tutor, who they can contact online when it’s convenient. They will also receive all of the course materials, lesson content and assignments through our easy-to-use online training platform, meaning it’s one less thing for you to have to think about.
There’s been a widespread recognition of the impact of Covid-19 on employee stress, anxiety and mental health. Recently an article in HR magazine reported “a large number of the working-age population have reported feeling stressed at work amid the growing uncertainty of Coronavirus" according to City & Guilds Group.
Supporting our learners and their mental wellbeing has been a focus of Weston College for many years, enhanced recently through our work as a Centre for Excellence in SEND. Therefore, when an individual enrolls with us, they will have access to a wide range of support through our welfare team, body and mind initiatives, online supportive community and resource library (delivered through Big White Wall), complemented by regular updates from tutors, to ensure that learners do not feel alone during this time.
It’s obviously a very tough climate for businesses currently, with many having to close their physical doors. We’re passionate about supporting our business community in any way that we can. As well as offering the suite of distance learning courses, we can also develop bespoke training programmes for employees, responding to individual business needs.
Weston College is open for business so please contact us if you’d like to find out more about the distance learning offer or to explore how we can support your business.
For a full list of online distance courses visit: www.weston.ac.uk/distancelearning