The JIB is following government advice in our response to COVID19. Listed below are some of the measures we are taking during these exceptional times.
The ECS acknowledges the challenges that Covid-19 has placed across the Electrical Industry, and the impact which it is having on our customers who are unable to make ECS card applications due the ECS assessment centres being closed.
We are working with our delivery partners to enable access to the ECS HS&E assessment as we come out or the Covid19 lockdown. Information about open assessment centres
is available here.
We will do what we can to support our customers, within the rules of the scheme, during this difficult time.
ECS Office Closure
We are trying to minimise the disruption to our customers during the Covid19 crisis, however, our office is closed to ALL visitors.
Our telephone lines are going to be open, unless otherwise stated, from 9.00am to 4.30 pm.
ECS Card expiry dates extended
If your ECS Card is due to expire in March, April, May or June 2020, the original expiration date has now been automatically extended. This is to enable cardholders some additional time to meet the health and safety scheme requirements if access to an assessment has been disrupted due to any Coronavirus (Covid19) restrictions. Click here for more information..
ECS Health Safety and Environmental (HS&E) Assessment
Due to the COVID19 restrictions currently in place venues offering the ECS HS&E assessment are closed or have restricted access. Please contact your provider for more information.
ECS Card Applications
We are taking ECS card applications as normal. If you fully meet the scheme requirements, please use our online service either via your MyECS account for personal cardholder applications or as an employer with the Employer Portal.
If your existing ECS card has an expiry date during March, April, May or June 2020 please see the information about the card expiry dates being extended above.
If you are looking to apply for your first ECS card and you need the ECS Health Safety & Environmental (HS&E) assessment, please contact our administration team for advice.
We are keeping the current situation under review and do what we can to support our customers.
Online Training and Assessment
Online training can provide a flexible and cost-effective resource to upskill or retrain at any time. However, before online training is purchased and carried out consideration must be given to the way the training will be assessed and certificated. If the online training exam is not assessed correctly the ECS WILL NOT BE ABLE to accept the test certificate under the certification scheme requirements we have to comply with.
Advice about exams following online training is available here
Apprenticeship Completion during the current Covid-19 crisis
The apprenticeship registration body (Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE)) will not be printing apprenticeship completion certificates during the current Covid-19 crisis. The JIB will accept applications from 2020 completing apprentices without a final completion certificate providing that included with the application is a screen shot from the training provider of their completion. The requirements are available here.
Essential Worker Travel and Other Employment Advice
The JIB has provided employment advice for employers and their directly employed staff, including Essential Worker Travel and Site Suspension information. Click here for the JIB dedicated web page on Covid19.
Working for a JIB member
If you are working for a JIB member company the JIB has some advice that you may find useful
. The ECIS have put together a guide on your Bupa cover and how it relates to Covid19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice
We would like to provide some information to our customers and visitors in connection with the Coronavirus
(COVID-19). We also recommend that you review WHO advice online, in particular “Coronavirus disease - advice to the public”.
and Public Health England www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
We do not want any unnecessary risks taken with regards to the possible spread of the virus.
There is no need to panic about the current circumstances. If you think that you may be affected by the Coronavirus please contact our support team BEFORE attending any appointment you have with us and follow the advice from Public Health England.
The JIB/ ECS will follow advice given by Public Health England and the NHS with regard to the Coronavirus. Appointments and meetings may be changed or cancelled at short notice. We will endeavour to accommodate our customers whenever we can.