Coronavirus Information


Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. In England:

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • Work from home if you can and only travel when necessary
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home


Find out what the rules are

Please note, Essential Site Skills continues to operate, in a COVID-secure manner and continue to follow Government guidance as updated.

Download the Essential Site Skills COVID-19 Roadmap Response Guidance (RRG)


Recent and upcoming changes

Restrictions are easing across the UK.

In England

The roadmap out of lockdown has begun. From 29 March, the ‘stay at home’ rule ended - and up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside. Shielding ended on 31 March.

In Scotland

People will be asked to ‘Stay Local’ from 2 April. A timetable for further lockdown easing from 5 April is on GOV.SCOT.

In Wales

The stay local restriction was lifted on 27 March. It is illegal to travel in or out of Wales without a reasonable excuse, such as work. Holiday accommodation open for people living in Wales only. Read about the rules on GOV.WALES.

In Northern Ireland

The next review will happen on or before 15 April. You can read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect.


Employer Communication

We’d like to take this opportunity to reassure you that during the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic, we have contingency plans in place to ensure that any disruption to the service we provide to you is minimised.

ESS may have to postpone face-to-face training courses, as a precautionary measure in order to follow the government guidelines for National Lockdown. Should this occur, alternative dates or remote video course options will be offered. All training provision will be reassessed pending any further changes in the advice issued by the Government.

Where possible ESS have worked with awarding bodies in order to deliver virtual classroom courses where face to face delivery cannot take place. Please also note e-learning, and some NVQ qualifications are unaffected, as these can still be enrolled and delivered remotely.

Our aim is to maintain as many of our normal business practices as usual, whilst safeguarding and protecting our colleagues, learners and customers. We will continuously adjust our approach pending further advice from the Government and the needs of our customers. Our business continuity plan will ensure that any learners or clients will find it business as usual when they contact us for advisory and guidance services, and progressing with remote training courses and remote NVQ inductions/assessments.


Supporting the NHS

ESS are currently providing free Face Fit Train the Tester courses for Nottingham NHS Trust, so that their staff are equip with the knowledge to ensure Face Fit Masks are fitted correctly providing the optimum protection. If we can provide further support elsewhere, please contact our Training & Consultancy Director, Darren O'Neill on 07983 280160 or email darren@essentialsiteskills.com


Learner Information

At Essential Site Skills we know that some of you may have concerns or questions about the current outbreak of COVID-19. We want to reassure you we are working hard to ensure our learners are safe and that, as far as possible we continue to keep in contact and offer our remote services. We will continue to communicate to you as the situation changes but this will mainly be directly through your account manager, our operation teams or your tutor. Wherever possible we will continue to deliver your training programme remotely with your support.

Essential Site Skills is following Public Health England guidance. UK public health measures are world-leading and the excellent NHS is well prepared to manage and treat new diseases.

At Essential Site Skills we have followed well-established systems in setting up a group to coordinate our response.

We will continue to focus on good hygiene habits. Please help to support the campaign below which promotes good hygiene practices.

We are also advising our learners that if they feel unwell, they should stay at home and seek further advice by contacting NHS 111 online by clicking here

If you have any questions or concerns, please advise your trainer/tutor or contact our Safeguarding Officer Katy Baker on 07985 728605 or by email safeguarding@essentialsiteskills.com


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Hands. Face. Space.

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

You should avoid all non-essential meetings and interactions. In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meeting others safely.


ESS Contact Details

Phone: 0115 8970 529

Email: training@essentialsiteskills.com