ACE resource on coronavirus

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has produced an online resource to ensure its members stay up to date with the latest information regarding the coronavirus.

ACE champions infrastructure to government and other stakeholders, representing the views of around 430 members.

It is the association for the UK’s professional consultancies and engineering companies operating in the social and economic infrastructure sectors. Its members employ over 60,000 in UK and 250,000 worldwide, contributing more than £15 billion to the UK economy.

ACE has a webinar series, Navigating COVID-19, which covers the major issues businesses are facing. This covers Financial Support; Employment Schemes; HR, Health & Safety; and Other.

Financial Support is the largest subject area regarding how the virus affects those in engineering – as it is in many other sectors – and the ACE advice covers the wide range of loans, grants and deferral schemes available.

Employment Schemes – All employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary. HMRC will reimburse 80% of their staff's wages, up to £2,500 per month, to safeguard workers from being made redundant or “furloughed”.

ACE also covers the Job Support Scheme, the Self-Employment Incomes Support Scheme and the Construction Talent Retention Scheme.

HR, Health & Safety is about working from home and the office and the different health implications of each choice.

Other – covers procurement and contractual issues caused by the coronavirus.

Webinars are becoming a popular and effective way of communicating to a large audience of people using technology widely available to everyone. Participants or viewers simply need a device that supports a web browser.

FASET recently delivered the first industry webinar on platform decking. Tony Seddon, Managing Director of FASET, hosted the introduction to this system which is becoming a popular alternative to internal birdcage scaffolding. The webinar gave an overview of the do’s and don’ts involved with platform decking, as well as the main benefits which are making it an increasingly popular choice when working at height.

FASET is the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry.

Its purpose is to offer a foundation of support for its members with expert guidance, dedicated working at height training and exclusive membership benefit schemes for all, with the intention of promoting a safer way of working.

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