Coleg y Cymoedd helps support local businesses through the crisis
It’s a difficult time for many businesses at the moment and Coleg y Cymoedd is committed to doing what it can to help support them through this uncertain period.
To help make sense of the support that’s available to businesses and assist them in making the transition to working from home, Coleg y Cymoedd hosted a webinar in conjunction with college partners, JL Training and Consultancy and KS Accountants.
19 representatives from a range of local businesses joined the call which explored remote working strategies and how to access financial support.
JL Training and Consultancy, which specialises in bespoke courses on professional development, leadership and HR, shared its expertise on how to adapt to home-working and manage staff remotely, stressing the importance of flexibility. The training specialists also shared tips on how to maintain wellbeing while working from home and even created a dedicated virtual workshop which businesses can access here.
Experts from KS Accountants explained the details and criteria of the furlough scheme, breaking down questions around taxes and advising businesses on how to access the funding and navigate the application process.
During the call, Coleg y Cymoedd also highlighted the training opportunities the college has available to staff who are currently on furlough and looking to upskill while they are not working. The college has a number of courses that employees can study from home such as management, construction, health and safety, transition to playwork and HR short courses.
Matthew Tucker, Assistant Principal (Business and International Services) at Coleg y Cymoedd and Chair of the Caerphilly Business Club said: “With so many uncertainties at the moment for businesses across the country, we wanted to give something back and help them, whether that’s clarifying the situation for those looking to put their staff on furlough, or helping those that are continuing to work through the crisis, to do so safely from home. Thank you to our partners at JL Training and Consultancy and KS Accountants, who helped make this webinar possible.”
“We also want to support businesses to return back to work and recover from Covid-19. Coleg y Cymoedd’s e-learning services, apprenticeships and ESF programmes provide an opportunity to upskill current and future staff, enabling them to diversify their skills and adapt to the new normal. Our employer engagement team and assessors are on hand to support any business wanting to explore these options".