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Statement from MP Skills: COVID-19

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We are currently monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 closely and are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all our delegates and learners.

We understand there is a competence requirement and we want to work with you to make sure your business remains safe and competence. 


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If you have concerns about the possibility of having been exposed to the COVID-19 (Corona) virus, whether through travelling in the UK, travelling abroad or through contact with a confirmed case/source, please consult the official NHS Questionnaire accessible via this link: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 to establish the most appropriate course of action.

20/03/20 COVID-19 UPDATE

In light of the Government’s announcement regarding Covid-19 this evening, MP Skills have made the difficult decision to regrettably cancel all of our courses taking place this weekend.
Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause but our learners’ Health and Safety is of the utmost importance to us.
We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.
23/03/20 COVID-19 UPDATE
It is with regret that we inform you that we've had to postpone all of our remaining courses up until the 4th of April. This difficult decision has been made to adhere to the government's advice regarding COVID-19, but also as we have a duty of care for the health and well-being of all delegates. We apologise for any inconvenience that this has caused to those who have been affected. 
24/03/20 - COVID-19 UPDATE 
Our upcoming public courses are currently being postponed and will be monitored on a rolling 4-week basis. Please keep an eye out for further updates.
Our team is still available to take enquiries so please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 983 5755 or at info@mpskills.co.uk. 
30/03/20 - COVID-19 UPDATE
It is with regret that we inform you that we’ve had to postpone all of our remaining driver skills and industry courses up until the end of May.
The difficult decision has been made to adhere to the government’s advice regarding COVID-19. This postponement may be subject to change due to regular government updates. We apologise for any inconvenience that this has caused to those who have been affected.
31/03/20 - COVID-19 UPDATE
Whilst the intention was for MP Skills to continue work as far as possible throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to protect the long term future of the business and the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers.

Our training and assessment activities were initially scaled-down, and now have stopped, to ensure that we are compliant with the governments’ advice on limiting travel and social distancing.
Following this guidance, our office will be closed from the 1st April until further notice and many of the team furloughed.

For all MPQC Driver Skills Card holders, there is now a 3 month grace period for expiry of cards, this will remain under review and we will issue updates regularly. Cards will not be reissued and access will be at the discretion of the employer site.

For any new drivers into the industry, who are required to obtain an MPQC Driver Skills Card, we are developing an online course to complete, this will allow drivers to be issued with a temporary card. This will be available within the next few weeks.

The e-learning will not replace the requirement to attend the course however, drivers will be given a timeframe in which to complete the course and allow new drivers to work in the sector. The cost of the e-learning will be deducted when drivers book on the course within the given timeframe.

Any Red or Blue Operator cards issued through the MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme will also have a 3-month extension on expiring cards. This will also be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
If you have any business-critical requirements or queries, please email info@mpskills.co.uk so that we can offer support where possible, however there still may be a delay in responding.

From everyone at MP Skills, please take care, stay safe and thank you for your ongoing support and understanding at this very challenging time.