ARCA is pleased to announce that the delivery of practical asbestos removal training courses at the Association’s centres will resume later this month.
Within just a short period after COVID-19 lockdown, ARCA was delivering remote training, for those still working and those furloughed. The range of remote training has continued to be extended and now practical training at centres is being resumed.
“We have had some positive feedback from candidates on our webinars, as our trainers have made them feel very engaged even when being remote,” stated Satish Patel, ARCA Training Manager.
“Now with the ease on some COVID-19 restrictions and our members starting to get back to work, we are planning to offer more webinars, as well as resume practical training. We believe this flexible approach, of offering remote and centre based training, will support members as they review the training needs for their staff returning to work.”
For the health of staff and candidates, all practical training courses will be delivered following COVID-19 guidance, such as, reduced number of candidates per course, social distancing and hygiene practices.
Also, NVQs can be booked with ARCA, and whether at a training centre or on site, COVID-19 guidance will be followed.
Information on all practical training courses at ARCA centres and remote training courses is available here
Please note that all dates are subject to change and dependent on further government announcements.
Now medium-sized employers are eligible for funding
The CITB Skills and Training Fund is now available to medium-sized employers, as well as small-sized, who are eligible for this extra incentive for delivering training for business improvement.
Meaning that small sized businesses can apply for up to £10,000 and medium sized businesses can apply for up to £25,000, for training and qualifications you are planning over the next 12-months.
This funding is in addition to CITB Grants, and available towards qualifications, such as NVQs and training for asbestos removal operatives, supervisors and managers.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis the CITB has expanded the fund to support business sustainability, that is, the delivery of contingency plans or changed training needs resulting from the crisis.
Who can apply and what is available?
Small sized businesses can apply if CITB-registered, less than 100 directly employed staff and previous funding has been completed. Please note that an employer can only apply for this funding once every 12 months.
- Employers with 1-49 directly employed staff can receive up to £5,000
- Employers with 50-74 directly employed staff can receive up to £7,500
- Employers with 75-99 directly employed staff can receive up to £10,000
Medium sized businesses can apply if, CITB-registered, between 100 and 250 directly-employed staff, and previous funding has been completed. Please note that an employer can only apply for this funding once every 12 months.
- Employers with 100-149 directly employed staff can receive up to £15,000
- Employers with 150-199 directly employed staff can receive up to £20,000
- Employers with 200-249 directly employed staff can receive up to £25,000
Further details are available on the ARCA website
With some COVID 19 restrictions being eased the construction industry and others are starting to get back to work, including the Association’s members.
ARCA has therefore reviewed its operations, with the primary concern being the health of staff, and decided to resume auditing members performance on asbestos removal sites, from Monday 1st June 2020.
“I know many of our members have continued to work during the COVID 19 situation, and in many cases they have been supporting frontline and other key worker organisations including the NHS. Now as the whole construction industry, which includes asbestos removal, starts to get back to work, we believe it is the right time for us to resume site audits. Of course, the health and safety of our auditors is paramount,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.
Information on ARCA site audits can be found on the ARCA website
ARCA is pleased to announce a series of free training webinars in June.
As well as ARCA’s popular RPE Daily Inspection and Care webinar, a COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Procedure webinar is now available.
These are to assist members by providing the latest information with regards to working safely during COVID-19. In addition, these free webinars are available to asbestos operative agency workers who are on the books of ARCA Labour Agency members, and also registered and active on the ARCA Asbestos Labour Feedback App (ALFA).
Please note that each RPE Daily Inspection and Care webinar is specific to a particular model of full face RPE, with each webinar covering the inspection and care of the Sundstrom SR 100 half face mask. Therefore, please attend the webinar which is appropriate to the RPE you use on a day to day basis.
Also please note:
- This training can be delivered to any staff who are currently ‘furloughed’, as the Government have confirmed that ‘furloughed’ employees are permitted to undergo training without breaching the furlough rules.
- All attendees will be sent an attendance certificate provided they return the course feedback form which will be available once the training course is complete.
- Attendees will need access to a device capable of running the zoom app* and must also have an email address to which the invitation can be sent. The attendee’s individual email address must be entered into the registration form when making the booking.
The programme of free webinars is as follows.
To obtain further details and to book places for your staff please follow the appropriate link.
- COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Procedures
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th & 12th June 2020, 10.00am (2 hours) book here
*A PC running Windows or MAC OS, an iPad or Android tablet, or an iPhone or Android phone are the most common devices used, although there are others which may be able to run the Zoom app.
During this challenging time ARCA has identified priority training to support members which are available via remote learning.
To ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce throughout the current pandemic, ARCA has made available the Operative Refresher and Supervisor Refresher, as well as the Licensed Contract Manager Update.
The full training programme is delivered, without the practical element, so fully in line with the requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Also, to support members during this unprecedented time, the price for these remote courses has been reduced to £60 + VAT per person, and for non-members £90 + VAT per person.
Please note that a completed booking form will be required, and each candidate will require a unique email address and have access to a device capable to running the zoom app.
The next remote training sessions to be held are:
- Operative Refresher on Wednesday 3rd June … details are available here
- Supervisor Refresher on Thursday 4th June … details are available here
- Licensed Contract Manager Update on Friday 29th May and Friday 5th June … details are available here
Further details on all remote training is available here