We don’t believe there’s any reason to panic. Government rules put in place about mass gatherings and international travel make it clear that we must do our utmost to mitigate the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of our communities, including our workplaces.
We’re doing all we can to provide a clean and safe environment for our people, our visitors and those we visit and know that you will be too. Here are the steps we are taking in response to this challenge as we visit you in your workplace.
- Our Training Advisors may call you a day or two before their planned visit to ask how your health is and double-check that it’s still okay to come to your business or site.
- Although this may seem unwelcoming, the most appropriate thing for our field team is NOT to shake hands with you, so please don’t be offended.
- At this stage, we are cancelling some planned events and gatherings (graduations, BBQs etc.) and where these may still go ahead, we’ll be reminding people planning to attend that if they’ve been feeling unwell, it’s probably better to stay away.
- If our people feel unwell, they will be staying home from work and not visiting you until they have recovered. We will proactively inform you if this is the case.
- Media coverage or conversations about COVID-19 may affect you. As well as this being a tough situation medically, it may also be a stressful one for many. We will respect every individual and their views and feelings. We will support you by sharing accurate information and suggesting other organisations that may be able to offer appropriate assistance if that’s required.
- Employers and apprentices in industries that have off-job training or other forms of off-site training will receive additional information regarding these events in the next few days.
- Some of our people may choose to wear a facemask as it is part of their cultural practice or simply because they choose to do so, to support hygiene needs.
If you have any questions at all about this, please get in touch by email or call your BCITO Training Advisor.
The Government has announced a $12.1 billion COVID-19 Economic Response Package for small to medium businesses and employees during this period of uncertainly.
Danyelle Bogue is a 22-year-old Wellington-based former hairdresser who leapt into a painting and decorating apprenticeship – and loves it.