Covid-19 pandemic: Information for Skills Active workplaces, trainees and partners

March 25, 2020

As of 23 March, Skills Active is conducting its operations remotely. During the Covid-19 pandemic, our team will be at home, getting on with our mahi, and continuing to support our industries.

As we focus our love and care on our whānau and communities right now, we are also sending our love and care out to our industries. If you have any questions, please get in touch with your usual contact person, or give us a call on 0508 4 SKILLS.

These are difficult times for everyone, and right now, the main focus is not on-job training, but rather looking after ourselves, our families and especially our loved ones who are older or otherwise vulnerable.

Having said that, our team is using our online systems to continue to deliver learning and qualification support, even during a lockdown. Like everyone else, we are doing our bit to eliminate all unnecessary contact between people, so that essential workers can continue to get out there and do the critical jobs.

As a cloud-based business, we have been able to switch to full-time remote work for our entire staff, with a few adjustments here and there.

We might not be seeing our workplaces and trainees in person for awhile, but we are still able to deliver all the services they are accustomed to, albeit in slightly different ways. Meetings will be via phone, email or video conference, and almost all documents and resources will be sent and received electronically. Clients will hear from Skills Active as needed, about these alternative arrangements.

To help our industries retain and develop their staff in these challenging conditions, we have set up a programme of scholarships for our clients - more information is here. We are also making sure our learning and assessment processes are online. 

For our trainees, once they have made their arrangements for a safe self-isolation period, we are encouraging them to continue on with the theory components of their training, if they can do so. It is a good way to break up the days, stay productive, and take their minds off the challenging situation that we're all in.

For our assessors, we are modifying our in-person moderation and training activities to be hosted virtually, for the time being.

Finally, for anyone who is looking for more information about the pandemic and the lockdown, here are a few useful links to help you stay informed and keep well:

That's it from us for now - but don't forget we're still here, working away to make sure industry training keeps ticking along in the background, until our industries are able to kick back into gear to provide New Zealanders with the vital sport, recreation and performing arts services that we all love.

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Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren

esther@skillsactive.org.nz

021 195 5127

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation for recreation, exercise, sport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, and funded by government to promote careers and workforce development in our industries, work with those industries to create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.