HIT Training Ltd joined businesses from across the UK in an initiative to help Britain and its most vulnerable citizens to pull through the coronavirus crisis. Former Cabinet Minister, Rt Hon Justine Greening, has launched the C-19 Business Pledge with entrepreneur David Harrison. The national scheme encourages employers to join the coronavirus effort by pledging to help their employees, customers and communities across Britain get through the crisis.
It is targeting not just the immediate challenges of coronavirus, but also the challenges of recovery. It comes after Justine received a huge response from businesses and universities getting in touch with her and willing to be part of a national effort. The initiative has already received the backing of employers representing over 1.5 million staff and students.
As well as HIT Training, they include BP, Everton Football Club, National Grid, DLA Piper, Severn Trent Water, national investment firm True Potential, global publishing firm Emerald Group and software provider, Advanced. Also on board are tech giant Konica Minolta, Yorkshire-based Sewell Group and law firm Shoosmiths. Universities have also risen to the challenge, meanwhile, with Bolton Group, Bradford, Bishop Grosseteste, Brunel, Northampton, York St John, Staffordshire and Leeds Beckett Universities all putting pledges forward.
Employers who sign up to the pledge give their backing to three main objectives built around employees, customers and communities. They will not only help Britain through the immediate challenges of coronavirus, but also through its recovery.
Justine Greening said: “With the future of many employers hanging in the balance and incredibly tough times unfolding in sectors across the UK, businesses face many incredibly difficult decisions. But those organisations who are able, can have a huge role in battling the impact of coronavirus and make a real difference in these uniquely challenging times.
“In spite of everything, lots of employers have already shown amazing initiative and commitment to helping people affected by coronavirus. The C-19 Business Pledge is all about encouraging as many businesses and universities as possible to get involved and then helping them do that faster and better by sharing all the great work that’s already been done. The early response has been incredible and I’ll do everything I can to help to connect up British business to play its role.”
Jill Whittaker, Managing Director of HIT Training, added: “With such challenging and uncertain times ahead, businesses need to be agile and responsive in order to protect the future of our industries, our people and the wider community.
“As a training provider, we firmly believe that skills development must continue, despite many businesses being forced to close and a great number of employees furloughed. To support our clients and their apprentices during this challenging time and into the future, we have made a long-term commitment to offer all training courses online. We’ve also developed a bank of free online resources, which include practical advice on continuing effective learning at home, as well as support on protecting mental health and wellbeing. Taking this further, we’ve collaborated with HospoLive, a free Facebook video stream that has already attracted over 80,000 viewers, to offer free online training courses for the wider hospitality industry.
“We’ve also launched a volunteering scheme so that our employees can support the community and make a positive difference during such challenging times – whether that’s a weekly phone call with an elderly neighbour, or shopping and delivering supplies to those in need.”
For more on the C-19 Business Pledge visit www.c19businesspledge.org