O’Neill & Brennan keeping ahead of the curve!

“Construct a career” trailblazers O’Neill & Brennan have been quick to respond to the ever changing landscape at present by adding the ETCAL Level 2 Award in the Responsibilities of a Social Distancing Compliance Officer to their COVID-19 Training provision – the first of its kind to be accredited.

The HSE announcement that any case of COVID-19 on site in the construction industry is to be treated as a RIDDOR incident has reinforced the urgent requirement to have all sites and projects fully COVID-19 compliant, meaning our new award is the perfect response to urgent industry need.

It must be noted however that the qualification, along with our new Level 1 Award in Social Distancing Awareness, is applicable across all sectors including Hospitality, Transport and Engineering to name but three.

The  Level 2 Award in the Responsibilities of a Social Distancing Compliance Officer, written in conjunction with a number of experienced multi-sector professionals, provides staff with the opportunity to have a fully qualified Social Distancing compliance marshal on site, with the Level 1 Awareness award ideal for remaining staff in support. The Compliance Officer award provides health and safety guidance on social distancing, how to sanitise sites, and how to spot coronavirus symptoms.

As Social Distancing becomes the norm for the foreseeable future, the construction industry would greatly benefit from robust preparation for changes in the policy moving forward, with the qualifications written to be adaptable to what is set to be a fluctuating policy throughout its lifespan.

 O’Neill and Brennan head of quality, health, safety and environment Colin Gears has thrown his support behind our development in creating the course for O’Neill & Brennan, stating in ‘Construction News’ that: “The course has been designed to provide an awareness mechanism for recipients to provide a supervisory support element to site and office management. The practical information provided is aimed at providing a supervisory and marshalling observer capability to guide and engage all work colleagues in working together, understanding and following the necessary rules and procedures with the aim to save lives and protect the NHS.”

For further information, CLICK HERE or call 01257 676457 to initiate the addition of these qualification to your existing offer.

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WE ARE RESILIENT.

WE ARE RESILIENT.

eta are proud to announce the launch of our new Level 1 Award in Personal Resilience & Perseverance.

The award aims to provide learners with the inner steel that they need to overcome every challenge that life could throw at them – building confidence, resolve and unwavering determination.

For more information please CLICK HERE

OFQUAL / CCEA Update

Ofqual and CCEA released the following guidance prior to the easter weekend which is attached for your information.

“We recognise students taking qualifications, alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A levels, to progress to further or higher education urgently need to know what arrangements will be put in place for them. We have worked closely with the Department for Education, awarding organisations and regulators in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland to develop our approach and are today confirming that these qualifications will be awarded a calculated result.”

For the full release, please click HERE

For the latest COVID-19 guidance from the Department for Education and the Education & Skills Funding Agency please click HERE

We will continue to keep all of our centres informed and updated with all of the latest information and steps required to deliver this. Should you wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us via the usual channels.

eta COVID-19 update

During this uncertain time, we continue to work closely with our regulators to ensure that we are able to support you in the most appropriate and effective way. As always we are committed to keeping you updated and assure you of our continued support.

Statement from Qfqual on vocational and technical qualifications in 2020

As always we work closely with the regulators to ensure we are able to support you in the most appropriate and effective way. We will continue to keep you updated, in the meantime should you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact us in the usual way.

We recognise learners on vocational and technical courses urgently need reassurance about how their qualifications will be assessed and awarded in the coming weeks and months. We are working as quickly as possible to develop an approach which enables learners to get the qualifications they deserve and that they need to progress.

For the wide range of vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) used for progression and taken in schools, colleges and training providers, we are considering how similar arrangements to those set out for GCSEs, AS and A levels could be applied. Some form of teacher calculated grade, or other form of estimation based on assessment that has already taken place, will be possible in many cases. For other qualifications, it might be more appropriate to adapt the assessment or delivery arrangements so that everyone can have confidence in the outcome. And for some qualifications that signify occupational competence or award a licence to practise in safety-critical industries, assessment might need to be delayed in order to ensure public safety and meet the needs of employers.

There are many different types of qualification, awarding organisations, learner groups and assessment approaches, so the landscape is complex and it is clear that one size will not fit all circumstances.

We are working urgently with the Department for Education, awarding organisations, other regulators and the wider sector to develop and publish a clear approach for the different categories of VTQs in the coming days.

Should you require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@eta-gms.com or call 01257676457

 

Celebrate Disability Confident – join in with #IAmConfident

At eta we are working hard to build a more open environment where disabled people are included and valued. As a Disability Confident employer, we recognise the valuable role disabled people play in our success.

November 2019 is the anniversary of the Disability Confident scheme and we are taking part alongside businesses across the UK.

Last year’s Disability Confident anniversary was a huge success; It is estimated that the campaign reached over 16m social media accounts.  The hashtags #IAmConfident and #DisabilityConfident were both used more than 6,000 times during the month with 1,500 organisations joining the scheme during the anniversary.

To celebrate the anniversary, we are championing the value that the scheme brings to eta. You can take part whether you have a disability or not;

There are loads of ways to get involved: 

  • Share your story with colleagues about overcoming a disability or health condition at work
  • Take a selfie at work and tell the world how proud you are to work for a Disability Confident organisation using #IAmConfident
  • Post your inspiring stories about disability in the workplace using #IAmConfident and give eta a mention

Remember to use the hashtag #IAmConfident to link up to hundreds of other people who are celebrating what can be achieved when we are confident about disability.

You can find out more about Disability Confident HERE