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Training whilst furloughed
#1
Hello 
We are a social enterprise working with eco attractions around the UK helping connect people with nature and inspire sustainable living. We are a tiny network just me part time with a huge reach and one question that keeps coming up is the ambiguity around staff being furloughed and what training they can do. My understanding is furloughed staff can't do training that is a service or helps develop income but how does this translate into what training they can do. For example can a marketing officer do marketing training? 

Be great to have views and does anyone have any links to free online training providers? 

Thank you and hope you are all surviving out there! 
Ems Wink
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Eco AttractionsHello 
We are a social enterprise working with eco attractions around the UK helping connect people with nature and inspire sustainable living. We are a tiny network just me part time with a huge reach and one question that keeps coming up is the ambiguity around staff being furloughed and what training they can do. My understanding is furloughed staff can't do training that is a service or helps develop income but how does this translate into what training they can do. For example can a marketing officer do marketing training? 

Be great to have views and does anyone have any links to free online training providers? 

Thank you and hope you are all surviving out there! 
Ems Wink

Hiya
We've been looking into this too and it definitely include marketing, wellbeing and developing their skills in face to face work as well as self-development in a much broader sense.  Everyone has been through such a tough time that I'm looking at some mindfulness workshops for them as a time to re-charge.  I'm starting to collate a list - so let me know if I can help.  Take care.  Rebecca
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#3
You can encourage employees to take up training but you cannot make them do it. My company provides links and ideas to our employees.
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#4
Thanks Rebecca and Martin.
That's great would be really helpful to share the list / ideas. Emma
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#5
Training for furloughed staff – here are a few to consider:
  • Future Learn has many free courses – I think you can do one free course and then you have to pay. There are thousands to choose from Understanding Climate Change to business management to Norwegian for beginners. You can do one course for free possibly more not clear [/url]https://www.futurelearn.com/
  • Lots of companies are suggesting staff do training around health and well being so things like  https://www.headspace.com/ who are offering free trials and there is another site offering training in photography for wellbeing workshops: www.lookagain.org/reframeyournow 
  • [url=https://www.vision2learn.net/courses]https://www.vision2learn.net/courses click on the top bar for free courses everything from project management, essential IT skills to others 
  • https://www.furlonteer.com/ connecting people on furlough with volunteer opportunities. Your staff can sign up and your organisations can as well asking for help. 
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#6
It is our understanding that staff can take part in training for their own professional development. Also, the furlough scheme is being altered in that from 1st July employees can be furloughed part-time, which has been something a lot of social enterprises have been calling for from the outset. You can find out more in this update from Roots Human Resources:
https://mailchi.mp/1e389bea23c7/announci...f944c3366c
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(06-03-2020, 12:44 PM)Social Enterprise Mark CIC Wrote: It is our understanding that staff can take part in training for their own professional development. Also, the furlough scheme is being altered in that from 1st July employees can be furloughed part-time, which has been something a lot of social enterprises have been calling for from the outset. You can find out more in this update from Roots Human Resources:
https://mailchi.mp/1e389bea23c7/announci...f944c3366c
Thank you that's great!
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You're very welcome!
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#9
Hi Eco Attractions,

I hope I'm not too late to the party but I'd highly recommend watching some of our webinars. Over the course of the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve been putting together a series of webinars delivered by representatives from the social enterprise community and supporters from other sectors. We know that no-one has all the answers right now but that we can work with representatives from across our movement to best make sense of this difficult time and the ever-changing policy environment. All these webinars are free to listen to.

https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/coro...-webinars/
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(07-03-2020, 01:26 PM)Isabella Hernandez Wrote: Hi Eco Attractions,

I hope I'm not too late to the party but I'd highly recommend watching some of our webinars. Over the course of the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve been putting together a series of webinars delivered by representatives from the social enterprise community and supporters from other sectors. We know that no-one has all the answers right now but that we can work with representatives from across our movement to best make sense of this difficult time and the ever-changing policy environment. All these webinars are free to listen to.

https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/coro...-webinars/
Thank you so much I will pass this on, great help. Emma
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