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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – APPRENTICES & TRAINEES

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

 

East Coast Apprenticeships is aware of the disruption COVID-19 is having on business and in everyday life. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all those in our workplace and are actively taking steps to minimise any potential impact of coronavirus on our staff, apprentices, trainees, host employers and operations.

Along with our staff, we encourage our apprentices and trainees to follow guidelines from the World Health Organisation on infection control, both whilst at work and in your daily life. These include:

  • frequently wash your hands by using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • when coughing and sneezing, covering your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue, throwing this tissue away immediately and washing your hands, and
  • avoiding close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.

This situation is rapidly changing and extremely complex. For the health and safety of yourself and others in the workplace, we request that:

  • You advise us if any of the co-workers in your workplace have a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus immediately.
  • If you begin to display symptoms of the virus, you must follow Government guidance to find out what to do next. You must advise your Field Officer immediately and seek medical attention at the earliest opportunity.
  • If you have contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the coronavirus you must advise your Field Officer immediately and follow any medical advice.
  • If you are absent from work due to illness, you must advise your Host Employer and Field Officer immediately. You will be entitled to any accrued personal leave.
  • You must not attend the workplace during any self-isolation period that the Government requires you to undertake. If you are unwell during this self-isolation period, you should follow the usual sickness procedure to notify your Field Officer that you require personal leave and obtain a medical certificate in support of your leave. You are required to get a medical clearance from your doctor prior to returning to the workplace. If you are well during this period of isolation, East Coast Apprenticeships will consider any available type of leave that may be taken to cover the absence.

To ensure you are following updated advice available at the following websites:

Any other questions or concerns, please contact your Field Officer.