TRAINING WITH FRG DURING COVID-19
COVID-19 has challenged us all; leaving individuals and businesses of all sizes in an ever-increasing state of uncertainty.
Delivering world class training, building clients’ capabilities and developing security solutions remains our priority here at FRG, with the aim to support our students and clients now more than ever to operate successfully in the security and risk management industry.
As you know by anticipating problems early and staying ‘ahead of the curve’ you give yourself time to prepare and adapt... and ultimately save a few headaches along the way! To that end, we’ve been working closely with the management team of the Emergency Planning College (EPC) to clarify how the most recent restrictions may affect our students on residential courses going forward. As a Cabinet Office premises, Government Guidance has been followed and relevant processes have been put in place throughout to help restrict the spread of the virus - these are unhurried, practical and well thought-out.
WHAT DO THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS MEAN FOR FURTHER EDUCATION AND WORK?
The EPC facility is considered both a ‘COVID-19 secure premises’ and a place of ‘education and work’; meaning the normal day to day running of our SRMC course and wider facilities will not be adversely affected by the current restrictions. See refreshed guidance on social contact, including the exceptions to the 6-person limit.
HOW MIGHT THINGS CHANGE FOR YOU AS A STUDENT?
You will now receive a full briefing by the EPC Reception staff when you arrive at the facility. You will see simple and effective measures in place such as one-way systems, zoned areas for different events, socially distanced seating, staggered mealtimes, separation of tables in the restaurant and table service in the bar area. Students will be required to wear a face covering whilst moving around the facility, however once in our own ‘bubble’ (i.e. lecture theatres and classrooms) they may be removed. Students are encouraged to maintain social distancing where possible and make use of ample hand washing facilities. Your single person accommodation will be cleaned daily if requested and clothes washing facilities are also available on site.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT US TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?
Students will be requested to fill out a medical declaration prior to attendance on course and MUST continue to monitor themselves against the NHS and Government guidance and identify themselves to the FRG team if they begin to show signs of;
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Once identified, students will then be asked to isolate in their accommodation where their temperature will be checked. If higher than 37.8C, a test will be booked at the Poppleton Bar Park & Ride drive through facility in York, which is run by EPC staff. Food will be provided to the Student’s room and best efforts made to link up lectures and activities via Zoom, so as to not miss out on course content.
If the test comes back POSITIVE, then as per the EPC guidelines, the student will be asked to go home and carry out a period of isolation. All remaining students on course will then be monitored and temperature tested daily; further precautions (i.e. face coverings during lectures) may be implemented at this stage. If the test comes back NEGATIVE, then the student can reintegrate with the rest of the course.
Remember; all procedures have been put in place to allow us to run this course as successfully and safely as possible for you, our students.
WHAT IF THINGS CHANGE?
We’ve successfully run 2 courses since the restrictions were initially eased and this is why we are confident that future courses will continue to be delivered to our usual high standards. That being said, if the Government enforces a second nationwide lockdown and stops us from being able to safely deliver training, we would look at the following 2 options;
Moving your booking (free of charge) to a later course date
Delivering the course online (utilising breakout rooms for group activities) and encouraging students to return on future courses for networking and other opportunities
06/11/20 Update: Our November SRMC course has been given clearance from the Cabinet Office and Emergency Planning College to run in line with current COVID-19 secure specifications. We have taken every necessary precaution to ensure that we are following guidance and the training is being run safely for both our students and the facility staff who are taking care of us.
HOW CAN I SPEAK TO ONE OF THE FRONTIER RISKS TEAM?
We hope this goes some way towards reassuring you that we are doing everything we can to ensure the safe delivery of our training and how we are supporting you, our students. If you still have any questions or concerns, we are always here to chat.
Email us on or call 01298 811 005
This page was updated on 10 November 2020. We will continue to update this page as new guidance is issued. For more information about the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit GOV.UK.