Coronavirus Information


Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country, including for people who have been vaccinated. In England:

  • You can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or a group of any size from 2 households
  • You can meet outside in a group of up to 30 people
  • Work from home if you can and travel safely
  • 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

From 17 May

The rules for entering England change depending on where you have travelled from outside the UK. Check the rules if you’re entering Scotland, entering Wales or entering Northern Ireland.

You should not travel to red or amber list countries or territories.

If you live in England, you can show your vaccination status when travelling abroad.

In England

A new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England. Find out what you should do.

From 17 May, you can socialise indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday. Read the guidance on what you can do.

In Scotland

From 17 May, most areas are changing COVID-19 protection levels. Find out your area’s level in Scotland on GOV.SCOT.

In Wales

From 17 May, any 6 people can meet indoors at pubs and restaurants. Other venues such as cinemas, theatres and museums can reopen. Read the rules for Wales on GOV.WALES.

In Northern Ireland

From 30 April, non-essential shops, hairdressers and outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants can reopen. You can stay overnight in self-contained accommodation but only with your household or bubble. 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


ESS Contact Details

Phone: 0115 8970 529

Email: training@essentialsiteskills.com