Coronavirus Information


Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive

Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread


Recent and upcoming changes - England

24 February

You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people.

You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme will end. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April.

21 February

The government has published its plan for living with COVID-19.

Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to test twice a week.

11 February

If you’re fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after you arrive in the UK. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you need to take a pre-departure test. After you arrive, you need to take a PCR test on or before day 2, but you only need to quarantine if it’s positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.




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. 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 Manager, Michael Harcourt on 07487 259149 or email [email protected]


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 [email protected]


ESS Contact Details

Phone: 0115 8970 529

Email: [email protected]