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COVID-19 - Current Develop information

Latest Update - May 2021

We have reviewed the latest government data which indicates a continued decline in COVID cases and wider lockdown restrictions beginning to ease over the coming weeks, and we have therefore made the decision to begin relaxing the current restrictions within Develop’s training centres. The safety of our delegates, staff and visitors remains our focus throughout this time and we will continue to review the latest government announcements and the data to make any further adjustments as appropriate.

What does this mean in practice?

From Monday 10th May, the following COVID restrictions will be eased:

  1. We are reducing the requirement for spacing between delegates to a minimum of 1.25M.
  2. The restrictions on maximum class sizes introduced earlier in the year will be adjusted or removed on a course by course basis, whilst still ensuring that:
    • The training environment can accommodate people at minimum 1.25M distancing.
    • The training environment is adequately ventilated.
    • The Trainer/Assessor to Learner ratio meets the requirements of our safe systems of work and awarding organisations.

The following COVID restrictions will remain:

  1. We will continue to effectively treat each class as a bubble to reduce the possibility of transmission between events.
  2. Masks must still be worn in all communal areas of the venues, or where 1.25M social distancing cannot be maintained during practical exercises (but not in the classrooms where those rooms are well ventilated).
  3. We will continue to encourage all staff and learners to take advantage of the governments free Lateral Flow Testing kits.
  4. We will continue to encourage good hygiene practices including regular handwashing/sanitising and will continue with the increased cleaning regimes in place.
  5. We will remove the need to take temperatures upon arrival as a control measure, but for the time being we will still ask relevant questions about the wellknown symptons.

Our plan to rebuild

Further to the release of the Government conditional roadmap document 'Our plan to Rebuild', Develop Training kick started 'Back to Business' by re-opening our training centres on Monday 6th July 2020. We've been working tirelessly behind the scenes so when we re-open our training centres, the safety of our delegates and staff underpins how we will deliver training.

We then follow government announcements related to easing England's lockdown, please see below for our related steps, so we can share what these announcements mean for Develop; our staff, learners and stakeholders.

It is important to note that the lifting of each 'step' is led by data, not dates and COVID-secure measures will remain in place. Our priority remains keeping you all as safe as possible.

  • From 8th March: All training recommenced.
  • From 10th May: In line with Government guidance, we hope to be able to reduce some of the measures in place and this could include reducing distancing to 1.25m and increasing group sizes.
  • From 21st June earliest: It is our aim to get 'back to business' and we are hopeful this will mean lifting of all restrictions.

To support these plans, we have reviewed and updated the following:

  • Full and updated risk assessments for all areas of the business.
  • Regular communications updates via the usual channels.
  • Continued promotion and use of test and trace.

We will be continuing to offer and increase our range of virtual courses due to popular demand. Our 2021 course planner is also now available along with offers and new ways to learn.

Read our COVID-19 Coronavirus Policy

So what does the new 'normal' look like?

At Develop we'll be managing the risk of COVID19 in line with government guidance, so the look and feel of our training centres will be different. We'll be introducing:

  • Social distancing across venues, reinforced by clear signage
  • One way systems in Develop venues
  • A new maximum of people allowed in a room at any time
  • A new cleaning and hygiene regime
  • Restricted use of communal areas
  • New catering arrangements
  • Staggered start and break times

All our staff have received training on the implementation of the changes outlined and the new procedures we need to adopt. Rest assured we will continually review our risk assessments, particularly focussing on the flexible approach to practical training sessions in order to accommodate social distancing and hygiene measures.

If you want more information about the measures Develop is taking to tackle the COVID19 situation don't hesitate to contact us on 01332 253550 or email

But what we'd really like to talk to you about is your training needs and our course which meets them.

We're looking forward to seeing you all again!

Keep safe,
The Develop Team

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