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The School's response to the Coronavirus

Page last updated: 6th August 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is having a profound impact on economies around the world and the School is not immune to this. Some of our Partners are facing hard times and on 13th May 2020 we were advised that all our CITB-funded projects are to be suspended for an indefinite period. This combination of events has resulted in a 37% reduction in our revenue for 2020/21. On 14th May 2020 the School Board has approved a plan to deal with this in a way that delivers all the School’s core services virtually and puts a hold on some of our projects until we can find alternative sources of funding, or until the CITB funding returns. We remain 100% committed to delivering our vision to be “the world class collaboration to enable a sustainable built environment”.


Following on from the UK Government statement on 23rd March 2020, we are adhering to government guidance and our office is now closed, with all our team working from home. Our telephone lines are monitored by the team as much as possible, but send us an email if you need assistance.

The School continues to provide the highest quality learning to you amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.

UK Government guidance for outdoor work

On the 11 May, 2020, the UK Government published guidance around returning to work for construction and other outdoor work. This document is to help employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping as many people as possible 2 metres apart from those they do not live with. Read the guidance here >

UK Government advice on training

Latest UK Government guidance encourages all employees to complete training, in particular if they have been furloughed (as long as no revenue is generated as a result of this training).

Furloughed employees can engage in training, as long as in undertaking the training the employee does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their organisation or a linked or associated organisation. Furloughed employees should be encouraged to undertake training.Gov.uk

Our virtual training programme

We have changed the format of all our face-to-face activities (workshops, supplier briefings, meetings) to run them remotely via webinar facilities (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, ClickMeeting).

Our virtual training programme has been designed to fit around your day, no matter how much (or little) time you may have to spare – and it’s all completely virtual.

More on Virtual Training

With more being added to our virtual training programme on a regular basis, make sure you keep an eye on our event calendar.

Event calendar

We hope you find this move reassuring so that you can still access all our training in a safe home environment, and as well as our virtual training programme, we still offer over 2,700 free resources online that you can download in the School, including tailored action plans and e-learning.

We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, so keep an eye out for updates on our website, and by email.

Safe working during COVID-19

The Construction Leadership Council has developed this video on how to keep your staff, and sites and places of work safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Morrisroe – Safe Working During Covid-19