Following the government’s latest announcements, First Choice Group has announced its training centre in Cannock will reopen its doors on Monday 1 March.
The facility will once again host technicians’ courses, as well as the group’s OEM manufacturer partners training and demonstrations.
The First Choice training team is working hard to ensure that the centre is able to accommodate as many attendees as possible while maintaining enhanced safety standards during the pandemic.
To ensure qualifications are up to date upon returning to work, technicians are allowed to book and attend courses and assessments while furloughed and up to 6-months before their ACS Gas accreditation expires.
Martin Dagnall, head of the First Choice training division, said: “Reopening while ensuring the safety of our team and customers was the number one priority.
“First Choice has introduced a number of safety and hygiene measures since the start of the pandemic to ensure that the supply of crucial equipment parts could continue in support of the healthcare sector. We’ve built on top of those measures to enable technicians to come into the building safely for ACS assessments.”
Measures that are now regular features at First Choice’s HQ include safety screens, hand sanitiser stations and social distancing signage. Additionally, the training centre’s ample space should mean the firm can ensure social distancing is comfortably maintained during all assessments and training sessions.
Furthermore, Dagnall and his team are in the process of developing bespoke digital solutions that may enable online training seminars in the future; particularly for First Choice’s Managed Learning Programme for New Gas Engineers (MLP).