One major question for organisations dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic was how do you maintain safe, healthy, effective operations and develop your people without face-to-face training sessions?
Collaborative work by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, Fujitsu UK and IOSH has been delivering new learning experiences online to help firms sustain business continuity through the coronavirus crisis and recover.
They’re now building on their experiences to deliver knowledge that equips managers and supervisors to lead safe returns to work and provide healthy workplaces.
As one of the UK’s leading providers of health, safety and wellbeing training, Make UK was already digitising its course content before the outbreak of Covid-19. When the pandemic spread, it acted quickly to fast-track the process with clients and course-content providers such as IOSH, the world’s Chartered body for health and safety professionals.
They introduced innovations such as virtual classrooms, a new learner management system (LMS) and updated, relevant Covid-19 advice. Courses they ran are already helping companies upskill their managers to sustain or restart businesses safely after the coronavirus pandemic.
By providing virtual classrooms instead of a physical one, all Make UK tutors are now delivering course content whilst preserving the safety and health of individuals worldwide.
This innovative approach of content being transferred to a new specialised LMS allows training to continue to be delivered in the current environment with a high level of quality control with mentoring, online tutoring, assessment and feedback.
Commenting on the new approach and the implications of Covid-19 for safety and wellbeing, Andrew Ward, of Make UK, said: “As companies seek to return to work, safe working and wellbeing for employees is right at the very top of the agenda. There is little doubt that, with social distancing likely to continue for some time and the ability of people to travel around likely to be less attractive in the near term, we are going to see new and changed different patterns of working and learning.
“Our new virtual model is one that provides companies with an ideal and safe way forward.”
Richard Orton, Director of Strategy and Business Development for IOSH, said: “As the voice of the safety and health profession worldwide, IOSH shares its knowledge of safety, health and wellbeing with millions of working people worldwide. The world-leading training courses we develop teach leaders, managers and workers to understand and manage risk.
“We’re pleased to see a major training provider like Make UK invest expertise and innovation in delivering IOSH courses online so more businesses can benefit from the insights and skills they need right now to protect people, ensure business continuity and rebuild safer and stronger as the Covid-19 threat subsides and we restart economic activities.
“It is also powerful and encouraging for us to see companies like Fujitsu investing in training senior managers on managing occupational health and wellbeing. This is more vital than ever.”
As part of its new approach, Make UK teamed up with its client, global IT equipment and services company Fujitsu, to provide senior managers at the company with a one-day virtual IOSH Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing course. Its subject matter is vital in showing managers how to protect and improve health and wellbeing at work.
Simon Head, Head of International Occupational Health and Safety at Fujitsu, highlighted the success of this innovative approach delivered online, saying: “As part of leading Fujitsu’s international occupational health and safety Covid-19 response, it was essential that we provided a practical occupational health and safety development solution, one that was more impactful than standard e-learning options and delivered virtually throughout our regions.
“Our partnership with Make UK allowed an excellent opportunity to pitch the development at the right competence level, delivered by a professional team and delivered virtually in line with Fujitsu’s digital transformation strategies. The course instantly removed all of the logistics burdens for attendees, offering obvious business benefits and there was only positive feedback from all of the attendees. We are now challenging Make UK for all of our future development solutions to be delivered virtually going forward.”
Make UK offers 18 courses via virtual classroom from wellbeing through to one-day ‘compliance’ programmes for senior managers in areas such as ‘Leadership and Behavioural Safety’.
There is also a range of ten professional qualifications ranging from the one-day IOSH Working Safely course to a 34-day Make UK/University of Portsmouth Diploma in Health, Safety & Risk Management.
In addition, Make UK has developed a new Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Control and Homeworking Safely eLearning course and is developing new guidance in response to the current crisis which will include Return to Work after Covid-19, the latest implications of Exiting the EU and an update on the latest legal cases.
For more information about Covid-19 returning to work and global recovery including free downloadable guides and risk assessments, IOSH’s dedicated coronavirus resources can be found at www.iosh.com/returningsafely