Stirling’s business community can benefit from free online training courses aimed at supporting them during the Covid-19 crisis.
We have launched an online training platform with two courses on offer each month.
This will give business owners the chance to train staff, including those who are furloughed, in a variety of courses including Coronavirus Awareness. It gives them the opportunity for flexible, cost-free training which could help them emerge from the current crisis with a stronger foundation for success.
Go Forth Stirling’s Danielle McRorie-Smith said: “This initiative is a practical way for us to support Stirling’s business community during this testing time. Two free courses a month will be available to all Stirling businesses, not just those within the BID area, offering a great opportunity for ongoing training at a time when many businesses have been forced to close their doors or furlough staff. It’s a chance to use this time to deliver vital training and ensure a better foundation for commercial success following the pandemic.”
“We have a variety of courses available which will ensure our businesses and workforces come out of the pandemic with more knowledge and training in important issues such as health and safety. It means they can build on the already excellent customer experience visitors to Stirling receive once the city is fully open for business again.”
More than 50 people have already enrolled on the April courses – which cover Coronavirus Awareness and Mental Health Awareness – and more spaces are available.
Businesses can register for the online training platform by emailing Go Forth Stirling via email@example.com.
The Coronavirus Awareness course offers essential training regarding what staff need to do in order to minimise the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus. It covers the risks of the virus and how to minimise them, preventative measures which can be undertaken as a business and personally and what to do if you become sick.
The second April course covers Mental Health Awareness and guides participants through how to look after themselves and how to effectively support others at this difficult time. This programme consists of eight pods, including Mental Wellbeing and The Law and Building Personal Resilience, and can be completed within 30 days of enrolment.
More courses will be rolled out in May and the team at Go Forth Stirling are asking business owners to advise on which programmes would provide most benefit to them and any suggestions for further course content. Options include Allergen Awareness; Fire Safety, GDPR, Health & Safety; Food Safety Awareness and Safeguarding Children.
The courses are currently free to all businesses in Stirling – not just levy payers or those in the BID zone – and there is no limit to the number of staff each business can enrol. A full list of courses and more details about the programme are available on the website.
Meanwhile, we are looking for local businesses with access to 3D printers who might be able to help make personal protective equipment for employees who need it.
Ms McRorie-Smith said: “There are still some workers, in shops and other workforces, who are without protective equipment such as masks and we’d like to change that. If any businesses or schools in the area have a 3D printer and think they might be able to help we ask them to get in touch so we can co-ordinate efforts to create this equipment.”
Anyone who can help should email the BID directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Forth Stirling also continues to work with a local partnership, including Stirling Council and Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, set up to help businesses survive the current crisis. A website – has been set up as a portal for Stirling-based businesses to access the most accurate and up to date advice and guidance. It includes details of available government grants plus links to online forms and a jobs portal.
There is also a hotline – 01786 498496 – to enable business owners to access direct support from experienced business advisors.