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Lockdown Lessons for Tradespeople

Mark McShane, Managing Director for Skills Training Group:

โ€œI hope our comprehensive guide can inspire business owners to invest for the future during this crisis.โ€

We are living through an unprecedented time in human history with much of the world emerging from a period of โ€˜lockdownโ€™. However, despite the challenging circumstances, there are positives to be taken from such a dramatic pause.

To move forward, we may have to live alongside the virus for some time. Building services companies will need to be flexible and open to change; they will need to adapt and diversify their business practices to comply with new safety requirements and fill gaps in the market created by the economic situation.

Under such circumstances, a positive mindset is essential; opportunities are there for the taking.

Skill Training Groupโ€™s guide will consider the changing business environment for sole traders and SMEs in the building services sector, giving practical advice on how to survive and thrive as we return to a more recognisable working life, including:

  • Personal safety โ€“ how to keep yourself and others safe while you work: employees, sub-contractors, customers and anyone else affected by your business. Government guidance on PPE and social distancing specific to tradespeople and additional measures you may need to adopt.
  • Gas Safety โ€“ gas safety exemptions, how and when to undertake gas safety work.
  • Financial support โ€“ government-backed schemes and who is eligible.
  • Digital marketing โ€“ why it is more important than ever before, where to invest your time and effort and how to fund it.
  • Upskilling and diversification โ€“ plugging skills gaps in your workforce, joining new sectors, training for complementary technologies, such as renewables and heat pumps.
  • โ€˜Greenโ€™ schemes โ€“ HEEPS, Green Homes Grant and more, installer accreditations.
  • Local community and economy โ€“ local opportunities, getting involved, how to be helpful and connect with customers.
  • Installer experience โ€“ real accounts of life under lockdown and the focus moving forward.

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