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COVID-19 UPDATE - 1st July 2020

Dear customer, The Equipe team are pleased to announce that after an extremely busy development period, we are now able to return to classroom-based training.

We will now be opening our training facilities back up to deliver in-person training courses. The courses will have reduced delegate numbers in order to facilitate appropriate social distancing measures, and we have added extra increased hygiene facilities and sanitising stations to minimise the potential for any disease transmission.

Online courses will still be offered if and when required and bespoke online courses can be arranged and delivered via the Zoom Video Conferencing platform – please contact us for further details on this. All upcoming dates for our courses can be found here.

We are also delighted to announce the launch of a new on-demand online training venture called GEO Academy. The platform features a number of short-form, modular technical courses that are available to customers anytime, anywhere. Please visit geoacademy.co.uk to immerse yourself in the future of geotechnical training.

Our main office is now back open and we are also still able to carry out SPT Calibrations, LOLER Inspections and other on-site assessments.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Julian Lovell & Keith Spires, Directors, Equipe Group

Online Courses. // Distance learning from your home.

Overview.

COVID-19 has disrupted day-to-day life of everyone. The required measures of social distancing and isolation has meant that most people are now confined to a make-shift desk in their own home in order to complete their work. However, many are taking this enforced office-time to make sure that when they do return to fieldwork, they hit the ground running.

Considering this, here at Equipe, we have been busy adapting and shaping our current geotechnical and health and safety courses to suit the current climate and to best service your needs. We have worked tirelessly so that we can continue to provide you with the training courses you require. This means when normality does resume and we are all free to return to work outside, you have everything you need to get stuck straight in.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the online courses.

In what format will the courses be delivered?

At Equipe, we firmly believe that in order for paying customers to get the most out of a training course, they need instant access to the experts delivering it. That means that our preference is always for training to be delivered in person. However, in the current climate this isn't possible. Therefore, we have turned to the next best available option – training delivered live via webcam.

Considering this, we have adapted a number of our courses to be deliverable online via the GoToTraining platform that enables trainers and learners to instantly interact and receive real-time questions and feedback, whilst the course is being delivered. The platform also enables trainers to webchat direct with the trainers for one-to-one tuition if required.

Each course will include live handouts, group discussions and interactive tests and assessments to ensure maximum learner engagement.

Does this mean I have to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours straight?

No. Not unless you're booking a bespoke course and want to complete it in one sitting.

Instead, for our open courses, we will be splitting content down into more palatable modules of 2 to 3 hours and spreading them across multiple days. Most one-day courses will now be split into two consecutive half-days, with breaks and pauses for comfort breaks – much like in a face-to-face training session. Further details of exactly how the courses will be split can be found on the Equipe website.

Which courses will be available online?

Whilst we are looking to make our full suite of courses available online, currently the courses scheduled to be delivered online are listed below:

How do I access the training?

Simply check the Upcoming Courses on our website, fill in the registration form as you usually would, and then you will receive a link to join the training session via email. The link to join will work as soon as you receive it, but the course will only go 'live' the morning the course is scheduled to be delivered.

What hardware do I need?

Ideally all learners will have access to a computer with a webcam/microphone in order to ensure as much opportunity for trainer/learner interactivity as possible. If you don't have access to these, there is a live chat feature that you can use instead, although obviously this isn't as immersive and beneficial for the learner.

Will I have access to course materials?

Handouts will be issued during the course of the training just as they would in person, however they will be delivered as a PDF. For courses that usually have handbooks for learners to complete as the course progresses, we will be issuing the full handbook as a PDF ahead of the course beginning so that you can either print the handbook to complete via hand at home, or alternatively the handbooks will be available as interactive PDFs for you to complete on your computer.

Will I still be assessed?

For courses that grant learners an official qualification following completion, there will be live tests throughout the training to assess learner knowledge and to qualify learners for certification. If you fail these tests in real-time, much as with the courses in-person, there will still be resits available. For courses that provide only CPD evidence rather than official qualifications, certificates of attendance will still be issued.

What about pricing?

Course costs will remain competitive, but you save by not having any travel or accommodation expenses. Now you just get to soak up the knowledge from your own home! Full prices are available on the Equipe website.

What about other courses?

If you have a specific course in mind and have a minimum of 6 delegates to undertake the training, we can look to adapt our content to best suit your needs.

Booking your place.

First, head over to our Upcoming Courses page to identify a course date you'd like to attend. The courses scheduled to be delivered online should be clearly labelled as such.

Once you've picked a course and delivery date, use one of our online booking forms listed below to register and reserve your spot.

Health and Safety Course Booking Form Geotechnical Course Booking Form

Our Available Courses.

Managing and working with Asbestos Risk in Ground Investigation (MARGI)

IOSH Safe Supervision of Geotechnical Sites

IOSH Avoiding Danger from Underground Services

IOSH Working Safely (on Geotechnical Sites)

Rock Description Workshop

Soil Description Workshop

Other Available Courses.

Field Instrumentation and Monitoring

Geotechnical Foundation Design

Geotechnical Laboratory Testing Awareness

In Situ Testing

Rotary Drilling Awareness

Rotary Drilling Applications

CDM 2015

Manual Handling Awareness

Site Safety and Management

Specifying Site Investigations

Dynamic Sampling Training

Pagani Penetrometer Training

Unrivalled experience

We have been the only dedicated geotechnical training company since 2008 and can tailor any course to suit your needs.

If you require a bespoke course urgently, please contact us as soon as possible. In the current climate we will work to arrange delivery of a course in a timely manner for you.

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